Title: Children of Virtue and Vengeance
Series: Legacy of Orïsha, #2
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Story Perspective: Alternating First-Person
Themes: Trust, Honesty, Intentions, Friendships, Romance, Grief, Loss, Family
Publication Date: December 3, 2019
Publisher: Henry Holt Company
After returning magic to their land, Zelie and Amari are ready for their next mission – to overtake the throne of Orïsha in order to bring peace to the entire kingdom. However, since others have magic now, will the two young women be able to succeed?
After reading the first in the series, I was excited to jump into the second one! I really enjoyed following Zelie, Amari, Inan, and Tzain, so I had high hopes for this one.
Unfortunately, there were some pitfalls during this read…
Starting off with some positives – this was definitely an easy read. There wasn’t really a time where the writing was confusing or unclear. Due to its short chapters, it was also a book that I was able to read fairly quickly.
Looking at characterization, readers don’t really learn much more about the protagonists. There really isn’t any more background building and even Tzain becomes this almost one-dimensional character. The readers do learn a bit more about Amari and Inan’s mother, but even that felt a bit short.
The plot was interesting to the say the least. In the previous book, there was world building and a series of events that readers were able to learn and live in this new magical world. Now that the world of Orïsha has been more-or-less established, there isn’t much more to learn it seems. There is a bit more magic, but this wasn’t necessarily a welcome change since most of the protagonists now seem to have sort of magic. Though both the first and second book have one main mission, the mission in this book just seemed to drag throughout the read. Not to mention that the cliffhanger at the end was frustrating since it doesn’t really resolve anything from the book.
Overall, Children of Virtue and Vengeance was a middle-of-the-road book for me. I wished the main mission of the book was carried out better, that the development of the characters were different, and that the ending wasn’t left in a way that doesn’t resolve anything.
I would perhaps recommend this to those who enjoyed the first in the series and who doesn’t mind “war” being the main mission of the book.