Review | Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orïsha, #2)Title: Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orïsha #2)

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Release Date: December 3, 2019

“We’re the children of the gods.” I lift my chin. “If someone’s running away, it’s not going to be us.”

It has been a very long wait for Children of Virtue and Vengeance and I’m left in a pretty neutral state, to be honest. While the world is still just as magical and the action just as impressive, the characters seriously fell to the wayside and the plot was slower and repetitive. We pick up right where Children of Blood and Bone left off, with Zélie and the other Maji determined to gain their freedom from the oppressive monarchy that has ruled Orïsha for decades, but they’re not willing to give up without a fight that promises lives lost on both sides.

Things I Liked
I’m as surprised as anyone that Inan somehow managed to sneak into becoming my favorite character. He has started to move past his self hatred and genuinely wants the best for Orïsha, even if that means he doesn’t come out of the war victorious. He saw his own errors and the systematic errors the monarchy has made for generations against the Maji and he owns up to them and is determined to change them.

Like Children of Blood and Bone, Children of Virtue and Vengeance has a lot of well choreographed and intense action scenes. They are engaging, easy to read, and impactful. With so much power being wielded, the sense of danger elevated the story and kept you turning the pages.

Things I Didn’t Like
My biggest issue with this story was the raging amounts of hypocrisy on both sides of the war. It made me so frustrated when I was reading, there was a point near the middle of the book I actually had to put it down for a second and cool off. The monarchy are still as anti maji as ever, but since magic has been released and a new breed of people, called tîtans, are able to access it and they readily recruit them and elevate their positions in their ranks while still demonizing Maji. Then the Maji rebels look down on tîtans as perversions and lessers because they lack the legacy and history. I completely understand their mistrust and desire for vengeance, but I didn’t like that they took some of that frustration out on tîtans. No one was working together or willing to see the other side as people and it was so frustrating.

Because everyone refused to work with each other, or even just communicate, there was a lot of poorly planned missions that were doomed to fail from the start. And you knew they weren’t going to work out. I can’t tell you how many betrayals or failures I was able to call. Everyone thought the fate of the world was on their back, and if only they shared the burden they would have succeeded.

I really fell out of love with Amari this book. I felt like she had a lot of similarities to book 1 Inan – just too wishy washy for me. And there was one big thing that happened in the story that majorly confused me and I’m still a little unclear about it.

Once again, the romances in this story were totally unnecessary and the weakest part by far.

So while I would probably classify Children of Virtue and Vengeance as a disappointment, I don’t think all hope is lost for this series and I will likely continue. I’m excited to see everyone’s journey in the next installment and if the actions in this book have changed their perspectives. Only time will tell, but hopefully the wait isn’t quite as long.

Have you read Children of Blood and Bone or Children of Virtue and Vengeance? If you could be a part of any Maji clan, which would you choose?


One thought on “Review | Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

  1. Sounds About Write says:

    I fell out of love with Amari this book too which was a bit disappointing but it will be interesting to see where Tomi leads her in the next book.

    I know it’s frustrating that both sides had prejudices and hypocrisy but I actually found that added to it. At least for me. I think that I, too, would feel a little sore if I’d been persecuted for something my entire life but for it to be celebrated in others. I think that’s the point that Tomi is trying to put across with cultural appropriation, anyway.

    Typing this comment, I just realised that I did feel Tomi is getting a little heavy handed with the metaphors and similarities because the Maji and POC. I thought it was way more powerful in the first book when it was more nuanced and slowly got beneath your skin.


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