Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.
My review :
A beautiful book with an unpredictable plot.
When I was reading it (around page 300), I had a very plain opinion about the characters. Inan, one of the main characters seemed to me as a clichèd bad boy turning good kinda one but as the book progressed, it completely changed my view and opinion of the him.
Same thing happened with Amari. The princess who is portrayed as someone who is skilled at weilding a sword acts as a coward in the beginning but the book unravels her power and beauty later. She turned out to be my favorite.
Zelie, the protagonist is a skilled warrior with grit, determination and pain that moulds her as a person. With all this, one thing that irked me is her patience. Throughout the book, I never once felt that she was patient. According to the book, a patient diviner is a capable maji. A maji of life and death. That part kept on nagging me somewhere.
Other than that, the characters were astounding, splendid and the writing style was easy to get through.
The plot is very intriguing and detailed. Brilliantly written and I was hanging on to it till the last moment. I cannot wait for the next book now!!
I rate it 4.5 🌟 /5.