How I Read It: Audiobook/ Ebook
Dates Read: 5/24/19-5/27/19
Whew… I have had this one on my TBR for a while, but just never found the time. After a quick Kindle shopping spree, I ended up getting it and trying it out. At first, I just wasn’t that interested, but I decided to keep going and I never looked back.
We follow Zélie, a dîviner from the small city of Ilorin. When the taxes in the land of Orïsha increase, her father sends her and her brother, Tzaine, to sell a fish at the market in the capital, Lagos. As they are leaving Lagos, the princess, Amari, rushes into Zélie begging for help out of the city. She has a magic scroll, which causes the magic in dîviners to swell. Turns out, the prince, Inan, has some dîviner in him as well, and his magic increases. Using his magic, he begins to track down Zélie, Amari, and Tzaine. When he catches them in Ilorin, his guards burn the city. As the three leave, the dîviner leader of Ilorin prophesied them heading to a temple in the jungle.
When they reach the temple, they learn that magic has been slightly opened, but only for those who have at least one of the 3 needed items: the scroll, a blade, and the sunstone. Once they obtain all 3 objects, they need to go to ANOTHER temple and resurrect magic for all dîviners. However, Inan, thanks to his power of seeing inside minds, is able to track Zélie. Now we have an incredible race between the girl who is meant to save magic for dîviner-kind and the royal crown of the nation of Orïsha.
Okay, number 1 thing that bothered me about the book: the love stories. I mean, I get it. They are youngish kids that are on an incredible quest, but come on. It personally felt cliché and did not enhance the overall effect of the book for me (especially the Tzaine/Amari romance).
As for the book itself, considering there were over 500 pages, I stayed with it. There were certain parts, especially closer to the beginning, where I didn’t stay with the story as well as I think Adeyemi wanted, but by the end I was on the edge of my seat. There were some things that got jumbled and confused, but if you really take a minute and assess who and what they are talking about, I found that that confused quickly went away.
Needless to say, I already preordered the next book (comes out December 3rd, 2019). I would give this book 4.5 out of 5. If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And as always, I will see you all in the next book!