Review: Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi


Kensye Gault, Staff Writer

Children of Virtue and Vengeance, the second book in the Legacy of Orisha series, published in 2019 and written by Tomi Adeyemi, follows Zélie and her companions in the Kingdom of Orïsha. With Zélie and Amari having successfully restored magic in the kingdom, they believe the worst is over. However, our protagonists struggle with dealing with their many losses and the changes the magic is bringing within the kingdom. Maji find themselves struggling to hold on to their newfound power as they realize they’re not the only ones who were affected by the restoration…

This sequel perfectly follows up its predecessor. Virtue and Vengeance is an amazing read that shows the challenges young people face on a greater scale, allowing the audience to truly relate to the characters. Readers will see characters develop in surprising ways and will fall in love with new characters as well. 

Adeyemi’s use of perspective switches keeps readers immersed as we also face an internal struggle with choosing a side, the Maji or the emergence of Tîtáns. Romances will blossom, new ones will form, and readers will fall further in love with the world of Adeyemi’s making. This series is a must-read, but of course, every reader must be prepared for Adeyemi’s cliffhanger that leaves our protagonists at a loss. 

(Read a sample here: Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha). The third book in the Legacy of Orisha series is scheduled to come out sometime in 2021.)