Date Published: March 6, 2018
Published By: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Edition Read: hardcover
Goodreads Synopsis: They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were 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 an enemy.
My Thoughts: This book was INCREDIBLE! I completely inhaled this book. I put off reading this for so long because the hype around it was so intense and everyone was saying how amazing it was. I didn’t want the hype to get in the way of my own thoughts of the book. IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT AT ALL!!! I can’t rave about this book enough. The characters were all so fleshed out. The world building was insane. The setting description was so beautiful. The magic system in this was so unique. I can not wait to see what happens in the sequel because this book is now one of my top favorite books of all time. If you haven’t read this yet…..what are you doing? Go pick it up and read it now. It’s so worth it. I actually did a reading vlog for this that will be up on my YouTube channel sometime soon as well so I will link that here once that is up!