Children of Virtue and Vengeance

Legacy of Orisha, Book 2
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Series: Legacy of Orïsha, Book 2
Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
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The spectacular sequel to Audie Award Audiobook of the Year Children of Blood and Bone

A GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK

"Bhani Turpin exquisitely narrates the second book in this fantasy series, Legacy of Orïsha. Her steady pace and West African accent draw us into the story of Zélie, a Maji warrior, and Princess Amari - both of whom fight against a monarchy that threatens to destroy the people of Orïsha...A riveting audiobook!" (AudioFile magazine, Earphones Award winner)

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 best-selling debut Children of Blood and Bone, the first audiobook in the Legacy of Orïsha trilogy.

©2019 Tomi Adeyemi Books, Inc. (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Constant melodrama ruins a promising story

I really liked Children of Blood and Bone. I even pre ordered this title because I liked it so much. but this volume was so miserable and convoluted that I am sorely disappointed.

No character in this book is consistent. Every once in a while one of the main characters will lose their mind and act completely out of character just to fuel the constant misery and melodrama that saturates the entire story. No character is immune to making angry out of character snap decisions that ruin everything. A certain POV character basically has a hole in his head where information spills out; he is incapable of critical thinking because if he used his brain most of the useless tragedies in this book could have been avoided.

The whole book seems to be an exercise in misery. Almost constantly horrible things are happening in this book and characters are constantly suffering from one scene to the next with VERY small moments of peace peppered in. These horrible things don't feel necessary to the story, they feel like they're just happening because the author wants the book to be dark and melodramatic as possible. If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be "angst".

Every time you think something positive is going to happen, it is ripped away. This happens so often over the course of the story that it becomes boring and predictable. I didn't need to think very hard to know what was going to happen next. The structure of the story is basically this: characters do something. oh no! everything is ruined and we're very sad. characters try something else. oh no! everything is ruined and we're very sad. Rinse and repeat for 13 hours. Children of blood and Bone had this structure too, but at least it made sense in relation to the story.

This book also has an extremely unsatisfying conclusion. I don't think I'll be picking up the next one.



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Disappointed

The first book was great. This one is a struggle to get into and by the time you do every character becomes horrible. The only saving grace I'd the narrator.

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Rich and Unique Storytelling, but this time around I was left with more questions than answers

**Spoilers**I fell in love with with first book in the series and preordered this second installment with much excitement. It didn’t quite measure up to the original, but it’s still a pretty good story and the performance was excellent.

Pros:
Action packed
Fast paced
Rich world and culture
Rowan’s character development

Cons:
There was little character development for the two female lead characters and I felt their decision making showed little growth. They often made the same mistakes without rhyme or reason.
Zane has no voice—it would be nice to get his perspective.
Felt like certain characters, like Mazelie, were forced on the reader and their development was shallow at best
Could’ve used a brief reminder of the different kinds of Magi—what their powers were since it’s been a while.
There was never an explanation as to how Nahanda or other Titan were able to do what they did with their magic that the Magi could not. It felt like a made up “ability” to propel the story forward

In the end, I look forward to the next book in the series, but if it leaves me with more questions than answers (the way this book did), that might be the end of it for me.

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it's okay

I have never wanted to pull a character out of the pages and smack them as badly as I wanted to smack Zeile. Petulant is the only word that comes to mind.

The story is mediocre. I'm hoping it's just the curse of the middle book and the next will be great.

The narrator is incredible!!! Her pronunciations of the Yoruba is perfect! She deserves some serious accolades for her performance!!!

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Really Sad

I LOVED "Children of Blood and Bone." Could hardly wait for this sequel. Seven chapters in, and I'm bored senseless, and cringing at the absurd and predictable story line. "...Blood and Bone" began with tension...a fight scene that escalated into more tension, relaying the divisiveness that drives the story line, with layers of ironies, intricate details and twists. Conversely, "...Virtue and Vengence" begins with this same fiery protagonist, now a weepy narrator, bemoaning her situation. The story then plods along, with an actionless narrative, minus intense and descriptive plot surprises designed to hold the reader's interests.

A glimmer of hope arises at the onset of Chapter 7, but it is soon snuffed out, via a predictable story occurence, which dims all hope of the story mystery and allure being resumed.

Unfortunately, I will return this audiobook before completion. I prefer remaining content with fond memories of Book 1 "Children of Blood and Bone," rather than ruining my entire impression of this initially-inspiring story.

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angry people

it's like a lifetime movie to much melodrama and running circles, no likable characters.dumb

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Loved it!!

Intense from the start, great continuation of the first book! Omg I felt every emotion in this story and performance was spot on. I listened to it twice back to back, that's how good it is to me. I can't wait for the nxt book!!

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Book 1 was better book 2 still good

It was slow in the beginning but picked up pace towards the middle. I wasn't as invested in their lives as I was in book 1. But boy oh boy there will be a book 3. Now I'm curious all over again.

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EPIC!!!!’n

Bahni Turpin absolutely brings this book, the characters, and the magic to life. Amazing! The story itself is masterfully written, Ms Adeyemi took CBB to the next level with this book. The ending is a real cliffhanger, I hope she does justice to the magical world she created in the third and final book. I highly recommend this book.

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Cliffhanger

I really really really hate cliffhangers, especially if the next book isn't out right away. Loved the storytelling, though the writing needs editing, or, at the very least, a word check that will tell her which words she overuses. Wait, stop, sorry, please. Had a hard time keeping my disbelief suspended. I don't think I'll go for the next one. I just don't like this type of ending. I was already not loving the book because of the constant injustice and the way the characters were very limp when it came to what they said they actually stood for. That's realistic, like real life, yes, but if I want that, I could go to go read the news. Anyway, I'm disappointed because I enjoyed the explanations of magic, but I just can't hang.

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  • Christer Saimon Perez
  • 04-09-20

A decent sequel

Sequels mean double the risk. As a reader, I know that sequels are either hit or miss. There are book twos that fail to live up to the hype of the first book while there are seqs that definitely delivered the goods as much as the book one, or sometimes, better. That's why I did not set high expectations for CVV.

Aside from the fact that the release date has been moved to late 2019, one thing that made this book continuously bumped off as my next read is the fact that I never heard anything about this from the book community. Which made me feel less excited to start this - until the quarantine happened.

I started the Legacy of Orisha by rereading CBB by listening to an audiobook from Audible which refreshed my memory on what happened on the memorable 2018 debut. The fictional world of Orisha weaved with Tomi Adeyemi's magical interpretation of West African mythology was unputdownable. Zelie Adebola definitely carved a mark as a badass heroine in this trilogy and the amalgam of action, adventure, magic, and curveball perfectly made CBB a bestselling and noteworthy book.

But what happened after Zelie and her gang restored magic in Orisha? My first clue was right - chaos. CVV started with an impending war between the magic-backed majis and the royal blood protecting the throne.

With the explosion on CBB's ending that is Amari having white streaks in her hair which was developed in CVV as maji counterparts that has royal blood called titans, the descendants of late King Saran is still a huge boulder to overcome for the majis to achieve the freedom and peace in Orisha they've been dreaming since the Raid.

The war is somehow foreseeable since CBB ended but Tomi made CVV exciting with curveballs like new magic forces such as titans and centers. The Iyikas also made the storyline more interesting because I can't afford to have a whole book with Zelie not having any back up aside from her loyal gang from CBB.

Also, Roen is lovable in CVV. I'm not fully sure of his intention overall but he became the third side that made Zelie-Inan-Roen triangle better. Mari and Bimpe and introduction of clan elders also made the story more human in CVV.

But what is lacking in CVV? Direction. The storyline feels clueless in the first 100 pages until Zelie made her way to the Iyikas which made the experience somehow tedious because I am expecting for vengeance but the dish was not served until the last 150 pages or so.

I also felt like the characters were toyed in CVV. I'm not sure how to feel about Zelie, Amari, and Inan. All of them felt uncertain all throughout and I'm annoyed because I really ship Amari and Zelie since their unprecedented meeting in the marketplace in CBB. Also, I'm pretty sure Inan is better to be dead after the events in CBB. I hate how CVV developed him as a two-faced leader that was King Saran.

Last thing I don't like about CVV is how Queen Nehanda was strongly developed as a powerful nemesis but no action-packed clash between the Queen and Zelie transpired.

But the ending still made the last book (hopefully) something to watch out again. I'm just praying that Tomi will make book three impactful.

RATING: 3.5stars