Book Review: Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha #2) by Tomi Adeyemi

Posted January 24, 2020 by @Angelized_1st in Books, Entertainment / 0 Comments

Book Review: Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha #2) by Tomi AdeyemiChildren of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
Series: Legacy of Orisha #2
on December 3, 2019
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 1250170990
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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 second novel in Tomi Adeyemi’s Legacy of Orisha series. The story picks up soon after the events of the first novel with Zelie, Amari, and Tzain trying to figure out what to do now that they’ve brought magic back to Orisha. The monarchy and nobles are now empowered, and the three have no idea how they’ll end the war between the monarchy and the maji. This book was just as enjoyable tread as the previous one, and I didn’t want it to end.

The plot was well-written, and nicely paced. I never felt like the story dragged, even during the parts that contained less action. Adeyemi established her characters really well in the first novel, so everything they did in this one felt authentic. I enjoyed how the characters were faced with a larger threat. No longer were the maji the underdogs they were before. Now, they were able to fight the monarchy and nobles on an even playing field. I also enjoyed the character development in this book, but not entirely.

One aspect of the characters I didn’t like was having one of the main characters acted selfishly in a manner that didn’t seem to fit with their character. This made me angry, because I didn’t expect them to turn a 180 from who they seemed to be. Except for this instance, the character development seemed spot-on and realistic.

Even though there was one thing that irritated me, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was really exciting, and I love how Adeyemi ties her magical realm (Orisha) to the real world (Nigeria) it was based on by infusing really place names, food, and customs into the story. This actually made me want to learn more about Nigeria, and find out how much Orisha is like it.

About Tomi Adeyemi

Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. Her debut novel, CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE, comes out March 6th, 2018 and the movie is currently in development at Fox with the producers of Twilight and The Maze Runner attached. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she received a fellowship that allowed her to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. When she’s not working on her novels or watching Scandal, she can be found blogging and teaching creative writing to her 3,500 subscribers at Her website has been named one of the 101 best websites for writers by Writer’s Digest.


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