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Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

September 8, 2020
Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Toni Adeyemi

I've seen so many polarizing reviews of Children of Virtue and Vengeance that I'm a little scared to post mine. I'd also like to say I read this a little while ago so it might not be as in-depth as it once may have been.

Whilst I preferred Children of Blood and Bone I still loved Children of Virtue and Vengeance and for me, both are five-star books.

One of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much is it illustrated the fallibility of leaders. I feel like we need to remember that the 'leaders' of this series are barely adults themselves. Yes, their circumstances have forced them to grow up far quicker than other children but at the end of the day, they're still only eighteen-twenty-ish. Which is why when Zelie was ready to down tools and move the Majia and Iyika to a new land I completely understood. She's had the fate of a people on her shoulders, tried to do whatever she could and (spoiler) has only just witnessed the death of her last remaining parent. The fact she didn't leave at that point is a testament to her courage and moral fibre.

I also appreciate how Tomi Adeyemi demonstrates how war can corrupt and change even the purest of hearts. We watch Amari go from golden child to willing to gas an entire village in the vague hope that it might rid her of her enemies. Nevermind that her best friend is also currently in that village. It's indicative of how all-encompassing the desire and later need to win a war can become. Yes, suddenly Amari wanted the throne, had a burning need for the throne and was horrified when Zelie was suggested instead. She'd had a taste of power and wanted more. The fact that later she doesn't kill her enemy is her final choice of 'no, I will be the good person here'.

Whilst I can't recall a lot of the plot and some of the characters did fall by the wayside I still loved this book, the world and shed an awful lot of tears. If you've read this, you know when.

The ending came out of nowhere, a complete shock and I'm very excited to see what's in store for these characters in the next book.


Name: Children of Virtue and Vengeance

Author(s): Tomi Adeyemi

Publisher: Macmillan

Pages: 404

ISBN: 978-2785-17698-2

Rating: 5/5

Have you read Children of Virtue and Vengeance?

What did you think?

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x

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