This is book number 2 in the Legacy of Orisha series.
The epic adventures of Zalie and Amari continue in this nonstop action filled story. Orisha has decended into civil war. Zalie wants peace and safety for the magi, but she is still greiving the loss of her father. Amari also reeling from recent events wants to ascend the throne of Orisha to end the war and build a new prosperous country in which all are equal. Anger, grief and pain pit these strong women against each other while the crown moves to destroy them both. This emotional struggle between two women, both of whom want to do what is best for the people they love, is reflected in the tragedy of the civil war that surrounds and engulfs them. The Legacy of Orish trilogy is epic fantasy at its very best, and destined to be a classic.— Ellen Jackson
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“Meet Tomi Adeyemi—the new J.K. Rowling. (Yep, she’s that good).” —Entertainment Weekly
After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too.
Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari's right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy's wrath.
With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.
Children of Virtue and Vengeance is the stunning sequel to Tomi Adeyemi's New York Times-bestselling debut Children of Blood and Bone, the first book in the Legacy of Orïsha trilogy.
Praise for Children of Blood and Bone:
“Poses thought-provoking questions about race, class and authority that hold up a warning mirror to our sharply divided society.” –The New York Times
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"Relentless even beyond its finish, this is a sure-fire hit. Definitely have more than one on hand." —Booklist, Starred Review
"Adeyemi's thrilling second Legacy of Orïsha novel ups the stakes and expands the series' mythology while extolling unity and illustrating the futility of hatred and retribution... a vivid, visceral tale studded with action and capped with a literary gut-punch." —Publishers Weekly
"The passion and drama in the writing are as powerful as ever...Readers delighted by the complex, politically sophisticated kingdom of Orïsha will cheer its return in this alluring sequel." —Horn Book
Praise for Children of Blood and Bone:
“Adeyemi taps into a rich imaginative lineage as she weaves West African mythology into a bespoke world that resonates with our own.” –The Atlantic
“Propulsive pacing and richly imagined world.” —Vox
“Adeyemi’s writing is beautiful and immersive.” –Tor.com
“A miraculous achievement.” –The Guardian
“The epic I’ve been waiting for.” —New York Times-bestselling author Marie Lu
“You will be changed. You will be ready to rise up and reclaim your own magic!” —New York Times-bestselling author Dhonielle Clayton
“A magnificent, heartrending, earthshaking debut.” —New York Times-bestselling author Daniel José Older
"High stakes, a captivating fantasy landscape, and a brave heroine worth rooting for make Children of Blood and Bone unlike anything I've ever read." —Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Beautiful Creatures and author of The Lovely Reckless
"Powerful, captivating, and raw—Adeyemi is a talent to watch. Exceptional." —Kirkus, Starred Review
"Adeyemi’s devastating debut is a brutal, beautiful tale of revolution, faith, and star-crossed love." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"... Adeyemi keeps it fresh with an all-black cast of characters, a meaningful emphasis on fighting for justice, a complex heroine saving her own people, and a brand of magic made more powerful by the strength of heritage and ancestry." —Booklist, Starred Review
"...A refreshing YA fantasy with an all–West African cast of characters that should be on every shelf." —School Library Journal, Starred Review
"This is an exceptional debut from the author and will have a huge audience desperately waiting for more." —VOYA, Starred Review
"Nigerian culture and geography... give this fantasy a distinct flavor, further distinguished by the intensity of emotion." —Horn Book