Book Review: Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

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Please read this book. Wow, just wow. If you all remember the first book review, I listened to the audiobook version. But, for this, I chose to read the physical book instead. I think that listening to the audiobook first helped my pronounce character names and such, so I really appreciate being introduced to the series in that way. But, let’s get into my review of Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi.


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 by Tomi Adeyemi

My Review

While I enjoyed the first book in the series, I kind of felt like there were a lot of cliches. All the boys love the girls, everyone’s dating and all that. But this book completely flips that. This is war and it is messy.

I think this book does a fantastic job of keeping you engaged and you will hate some of your favorite characters. But, it feels real and that’s what I love about it. It reminds us that people, even when they have the best intentions don’t always go about it in the right way.

It also ends on a cliff hanger, which I am not very happy about. So, I am going to be annoyed until I am able to read the next book whenever that comes out.

Overall, this book was a wonderful way to finish up 2019. I think it was incredibly engaging and I loved it so much. I highly recommend it to absolutely everyone. If you have already read it, feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comments, I would love to talk to you all about it!

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  1. Oooh, I may read it then. I wasn’t impressed by the first. It didn’t feel original and I couldn’t see the hype. Maybe this is more what I expected from the first.

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