Reviewed by: Savannah
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Page count: 544 Pages
Rating: 5 /5 stars
In stock: Yes
I’ll start off, as usual, with they synopsis from Goodreads
“Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.”
This book isn’t something that I would usually pick for myself as I’m not usually super into fantasy but this book was still amazing. I really only checked out this book because its gotten so much media buzz and it already had a movie deal before the book was even released. I can totally imagine how cool of a movie this book could make as the visuals were so vivid. This was one of those books where you can totally imagine this made up world, the characters, and the journey being made.
This book is told from four different characters perspectives and I know I cover this every time I write a review for books like this but that is totally my jam.
I’m also all for a story with two strong female protagonists and this book sure did deliver! You will instantly be hooked. I hadn’t even finished the first chapter and knew that I had to buy this book. Zélie is an amazing, well rounded, and strong character.
The book itself is also beautiful. The cover/dust jacket design is so pretty and then you take the dust jacket off and there is a great embossed design on it. The map that is on the inside is also wonderfully illustrated. Basically, its all great and you should check it out! I am also extremely glad for the Author’s Note at the end of the book as I had seen the parallels in this book and what is happening in the news. Even if you aren’t someone who usually reads the Author’s Note I would highly recommend you read it this time.