Review – Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

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Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

Book Title: Children of Virtue and Vengeance

Book Description: “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. Children of Virtue and Vengeance is the stunning sequel to Tomi Adeyemi's New York Times bestselling debut Children of Blood and Bone, the first title in her Legacy of Orïsha trilogy.”

Book Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Book Format: Hardcover

Publisher - Orgnization: Henry Holt and Co.

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Date published: 2019-12-03

Number Of Pages: 448

  • Writing - 9/10
  • Development - 9/10
  • Overall - 9/10
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Children of Virtue and Vengeance is the highly anticipated sequel from the Legacy of Orisha series, written by Tomi Adeyemi. In this novel, Orisha is reeling from magic coming back into the world. But things have not gone as Zelie had hoped or expected.


Children of Virtue and Vengeance

Children of Virtue and Vengeance is the highly anticipated sequel from the Legacy of Orisha series, written by Tomi Adeyemi. That first novel introduced us to a world of maji and bloodshed. The characters were enough to sweep us away, all while hoping they’d create a better world for themselves.

Now Zelie, Amari, and everyone else must finish the job they started—no matter the cost. They succeeded in bringing back magic to the land. But it has not gone at all how they expected. The maji got their power back, yes. But so, too, did the nobles, who had never had power beyond money and politics. Now they’re stronger than ever, and that means the war is far from over.

Tomi Adeyemi - Children of Virtue and Vengeance
Tomi Adeyemi – Children of Virtue and Vengeance

Children of Virtue and Vengeance is a compelling and emotional sequel to this beloved series. Fans that have been looking forward to this release will not be disappointed. But do recall all of the emotions that Children of Blood and Bone made you feel, and prepare yourself to go through that experience all over again.


Children of Virtue and Vengeance is an intense and enthralling sequel from Tomi Adeyemi. I know that some fans may have been worrying about Tomi Adeyemi’s risk for a sophomore slump. But they needn’t have spent time worrying. Children of Virtue and Vengeance was made up of a lot of promises to the fans. And it’s safe to say that Adeyemi kept each and every one of them. 

Adeyemi filled the pages of Children of Virtue and Vengeance with plot twists, character development, and some surprising parallels. It made for an enjoyable read, one that is full of emotional highs and lows as our heroes desperately try to find an end to all the bloodshed.

One thing I particularly loved about Adeyemi’s writing here is that she made smart use of repetition. There were several repeated phrases throughout the course of Children of Virtue and Vengeance that seriously added to the impact of what was happening. This may not sound like much, but it honestly added so much to the impact of specific scenes. And it really cut to the core of many themes running throughout the novel. 

Perhaps the only downside to this sequel is the fact that it concludes with a minor cliffhanger. Well, minor depending on your definition. No matter how you cut it, this novel will leave readers seeking answers that won’t come out until the next book.


Children of Virtue and Vengeance was a fast-paced read. I should probably warn readers out there, though: give yourself time to read this book in large chunks. Because, if you’re anything like me, you’re not going to want to put this one down.

As with the first novel, Children of Virtue and Vengeance comes to us through several different perspectives. Well, three, if you want to be exact. This gives us vital insight into everything happening in this war. And more importantly; it lets us see into the minds of the three biggest movers and shakers involved.

This novel is not afraid to do everything necessary in order to elicit emotions from the readers. It’s a powerful read, one that throws the leading characters from one moment to the next. And yet, there’s such emotion filling the pages between each series of events. It’s impossible to look away from. And it makes it all feel so real and human.


Children of Virtue and Vengeance was every bit the sequel I was hoping for. It was intense and vibrant. I really appreciated getting a chance to learn more about the maji, as well as learning more about their culture and legends.

Even with everything that happened in Children of Blood and Bone, it was difficult not to be surprised by some of the events that occurred within these pages. But that just proves how Tomi Adeyemi can surprise her fan-base.

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