Fantasy · Fiction · Young Adult

Children of Vengeance and Virtue


Title: Children of Virtue and Vengeance

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Page Count: 448

Series: Legacy of Orisha, Book 2

Publishing Date/Publisher: December 3, 2019 by Henry Holt and Co.

Format: Hardcover

Review: It pains me to write this review because I had such high hopes for this book.  I LOVED Children of Blood and Bone and checked this book out the day it was available at our libraries.  I immediately dove into it and then….stalled.  No matter how many times I picked it back up, I just couldn’t get into it.  It quickly became apparent that the characters I loved from the first book were gone.  In their place were characters I didn’t even recognize or like.  The relationships that I had hoped would be fleshed out more in this book still felt forced and lacked substance.  The action was sporadic and when I should have felt devastated, I felt nothing.  There was no character development that made me feel invested in the story, so the betrayals and atrocities made very little impact on me.  There had been great potential for character growth after such an epic conclusion to the first book, which leads me to believe that the author rushed this book to meet some deadline.  I read in one of Adeyemi’s interviews that she did not have a break between completing the first book and writing this one, but I had hoped that this would not effect the quality of her story development.  Though these hopes were quickly dashed, I am clinging to my sense of optimism for the next book, which is why I could not bring myself to give this book a lower rating.  Hopefully she takes her time with it because despite it all, I still believe in this story.  The way the book ended, I highly suspect she will be taking a page from history and incorporating elements of the slave trade and African diaspora.  Only time will tell where she decides to go from here.  Until then, my fingers are crossed!

Reader: Bekah



Fantasy · Fiction · Young Adult

Children of Blood and Bone

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Title: Children of Blood and Bone

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Performer: Bahni Turpin

Length: 17 hr, 51 min, 58 sec

Series: Legacy of Orïsha, Book 1

Publishing Date/Publisher: 2018 by MacMillan Audio

Format: eAudiobook

Review: Let me start off by saying, this book deserves all the accolades it has been receiving.  The world building in this story is truly phenomenal, and the African mythology woven into it is masterfully done.  Although lengthy, the pacing of the book moves rapidly and by the end, the reader is left wanting more.  Luckily, this book has been announced as part of a series, and there will certainly be more to come.

When I first started this book, I was convinced that I would be rating it with five stars; however, as the plot progressed, I found myself becoming increasingly disenchanted by the romantic angle that suddenly emerged midway through the story.  The romance not only seemed unprecedented, but rather forced.  Although I could see what the author was trying to do, it just did not seem to fit right with what I knew about the characters.  I think a romance such as this would need a lot more build up to be plausible, but it was sped along in the interest of furthering the plot.  It is not necessarily that I did not want the characters to end up together, but that I think it could have been done better.  For this reason, I lowered my rating to four stars.

Regardless of how I feel about the romantic subplot, I found this to be a complex and well-written story.  As a history major, I could appreciate the parallels to real life events such as apartheid, colonialism, segregation, etc.  There are many layers to this story, and many layers to each character.  It will be exciting to see where this story goes.

As an additional note, I HIGHLY recommend enjoying this book in audiobook format.  Some stories are just meant to be shared orally, especially those with deep roots in traditional mythology.  Bahni Turpin does an excellent job creating personas for each character, and the accents she created really bring the story to life and lend a little something extra to the listening experience.

Reader: Bekah