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.
This has been in my TBR well over a year, and when I recently had to be in the car for long periods of time, I listened to the audio book. I was thrilled to discover it was the same fantastic narrator as Dread Nation.
What can I say about this book that hasn’t already been said? Intricate, creative world-building, richly drawn characters, some twists along the way. And that cover – stunning.
A lot of hype surrounds this novel, and it’s absolutely well-deserved for a debut, so maybe my expectations were too high. I’m not a big fan of romance, and it makes up more of the story than I’d expected. Pairing off the characters disappointed me – but that’s just my personal preference. An overwhelming majority disagrees with me on that, and I get it.
The cover of the second book in this series was released not long ago, and it’s just as beautiful as this one. Although more romance than I’d like, I plan to continue with this YA fantasy series.