My Rating ~ Three and a half stars
RELEASE DATE: 3 December 2019
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
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.
Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan Australia for providing me with a copy of Children of Virtue and Vengeance, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Please note, this is book 2 in the series, and my review may contain spoilers for book 1, Children of Blood and Bone
I must admit, I did struggle a bit to remember what happened in Children of Blood and Bone, so there were several instances in the first half of the book where I was mostly just trying to remember who was who and how they fit in to the story – which is not the book’s fault, it’s down to my bad memory, but it did contribute to a fair bit of confusion for me for a while.
I really love the character’s in this series, but I still enjoyed Children of Blood and Bone a lot more than this one. It just felt like more ‘happened’ in the first book. Most of Children of Virtue and Vengeance revolves around Amari’s fight for the throne and the remaining bad blood between Zélie and the prince. I think I enjoyed the back stories and character development so much in the first book that it felt like something was missing, due to the lack of that, in the sequel. The ending of Children of Blood and Bone had me dying to read the next book, but I didn’t quite feel the same at the end of this one.
I did love the interesting character development from some of Children of Blood and Bone’s side characters, coupled with the action and devastating magic towards the second half of the book and of course, there’s still something about settling back into a story with characters you adore, but the plot just didn’t seem to cover enough new ground. There we’re some major revelations, but in the scheme of the whole plot, they were a drop in an ocean of a repetitive story. There was also a trope that I’m really not a fan of. Let’s just say, if author’s are going to kill a character, let them stay dead. If they can survive in a plausible way, fine, but don’t just bring them back with an ‘oh look, they’re not really dead!’. That might just be a personal preference of mine though!
Although this one didn’t quite meet my high expectations, I’m still looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book!
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