Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi is the follow up to Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. The war between the maji and the establishment rages on. Against all odds, magic is back in the land of Orïsha. As the battle for power over the land continues, it becomes obvious that the oppressed maji have been driven apart for so long that Zelie’s quest to unite them is nigh on impossible. Together, Zelie and the maji must find a way to unite to push back against the oppressive power that has run their lives for a generation.
I read this book earlier in the year before the current protests. It’s time for white people to give of our space and platforms to elevate black and brown voices. So instead of writing a review (other than: this is a wonderful book and series which deserves time and attention), I will be posting some inspirational quotes from the book.
“When the elders built this place, it was only bare mountaintops.’ I look to the crowd. ‘It didn’t become a home because they filled it with towers. It became a home because they built it together. This land, these temples–they’re not what matters. As long as we have each other, we will carry Orisha in our veins. No one can ever take that away.” ― Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Virtue and Vengeance
“You have to look beyond the surface if you truly want to achieve the peace you seek.” ― Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Virtue and Vengeance
“You are not your mistakes.” Mama Agba holds both of her shoulders, making Amari cry harder. “Do not let one moment define or destroy you. The gods work in mysterious ways. Have faith in their greater plan.” ― Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Virtue and Vengeance
“We suffer so everyone else can smile.” ― Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Virtue and Vengeance
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