If you've been following the Instagram page, @thelivrecafe, you'll know I had been waiting so long for this Children of Virtue and Vengeance to come out with baited breath. The first one was outstanding. It brought me back to my childhood. I had the same feeling reading this as I did with the Harry Potter series in the late 90's and early 2000's, except for one extreme and significant difference: I was actually able to see myself in these charterers. Instead of imagining which Hogwarts house I'd belong in, I was able to imagine which Maji clan I'd be a part of (According to the online quiz, I'd be a Seer). Reading this book, and being able to envelop myself into the land of the Orisha was an amazing experience, but please don't get me wrong, I'm still a prod and faithful Ravenclaw.
Although this series is classified as YA (Young Adult), I was pleasantly surprised to find that some of the themes were quite mature. Going into this book specifically, I forgot how graphic it can be. Adeyemi did an outstanding job building scenes and images with extremely bone chilling detail in some instances.
The charterers in this book were very multidimensional. I found myself unable to side with them for too long. I also found myself in limbo with whether or not I could trust Inan and Roan, or whether I was able to tolerate the intolerance of the main charterer, Zelie, for too long. And honestly, don't even get me started on Amari. Her ignorance and arrogance, paired with her innocent naivety drove me up a wall on MULTIPLE occasions. So many of the horrible things that happened in this book were a result of her impulsiveness and arrogance.
This book was a true page turner just like the last. I can say with all honesty I felt every emotion I could feel while reading a novel, including anxiety. It's been a long time since a book had me real-life anxious about what would happen next.
Thank you so much Tomi Adeyemi for this amazing work of art! This book did not disappoint and it was an amazing way to end the year. I can't wait until the next one.
Have you read Children of Virtue and Vengeance yet? What were your thoughts? The people want to know.
Until next time, as always,