Saturday, 18 January 2020

Children of Virtue and Vengeance

My favourite genre of fiction is definitely YA, and more specifically, magical realism. I first discovered Tomi Adeyemi when I was given Children of Blood and Bone at a Waterstones event with my last school, and I devoured the proof copy I was given, and couldn't wait for the sequel, even though it was a year or two away at this point.


I was sold the series as the new Harry Potter, and I massively disagree with this. The magic of Harry Potter lies within the beautiful imagery and the description and language that entrances the reader, and for me, Tomi Adeyemi doesn't do this. This is not a criticism against Adeyemi in the slightest, as I love her own writing style, and it is common for more contemporary YA fiction to be written in this way. I think it is natural that when you are tackling wider issues such a politics, gender etc., the focus will shift from setting etc., to how these themes and ideas are represented.

I love both Children of Blood and Bone, and Children of Virtue and Vengeance, but I find that these novels are far more about building and developing the characters, and the main focus is definitely on the plot. These books definitely aren't ones that you go to for a relaxing ride, they are packed with action and plot twists throughout. You never know what is coming, and you definitely get carried away with the plot.

You are in a constant battle of preference in regards to characters, and this is largely down to the multiple narrative voices used throughout the novel. With each chapter comes a change of narrator and perspective. Due to this, the chapters are considerably shorter than standard novels, but this is a common trait found when using multiple narrators. This led to me spending lots of late nights reading, as the temptation to read just one more chapter is too much, especially when you know they are so short!

Children of Virtue and Vengeance ends with yet another plot twist, and I was definitely expecting one as with 20 pages to go I was still waiting for a big climactic event, however the twist itself was not what I was expecting. It sets itself up nicely for a third book, as the majority of series similar to this do, but with this only being released in December, I know I'm in for a long wait! Tomi Adeyemi has said that she knew how she envisioned the trilogy ending before even finishing Children of Blood and Bone, and I am excited to discover from myself how Orisha will be left. Adeyemi took part in a Q&A about her writing and novels which you can find here.
Tomi Adeyemi talks herself about the production of the films, and I for one can't wait to see how the world of Orisha translates onto the screen.

If I was to rate this book, it would definitely be a 5/5. I love these novels, and I love the world that Adeyemi has created, and the story of a battle for power and the injustice suffered by a hierarchal society taken to the extreme.

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