The first two guards charge at me, swords pointed and raised. They run with a vengeance.
The last mistake they will ever make.
Okay. First of all, wow. Like really, wow. The hype train rarely misses my friends. It rarely ever does. And this book has been everywhere this March. Everywhere. And gods do I have words.
In the beginning, there was a fight scene. I don’t know about you, but I find fight scenes to be pretty daunting and starting with one, well, was pretty awesome. I loved every bit of it. The fight scene introduced Zelié Adebola, a girl who just wants to graduate. Not from high school, lol.
Zelié is among a group of girls that Mama Agba trains secretly in her tailoring shop. A shop that has seen the heavy foot of the Orishan king. The King, Saran has efficiently destroyed magic. Magic no longer exists. It is no more than a tale for the children. This heavy foot of the king’s is what takes Zelié on a simple, quick trip to the market outside of town.
But as we know, “simple, quick” doesn’t happen. That point is buttressed when Zelié comes into contact with a stranger carrying a quite enticing object, and it all hits.
This object causes Zelié, with this stranger and her brother Tzain, to travel far and wide to bring back magic; to save it before it’s gone forever. On her way, she experiences pretty much every emotion known to man. Pain, loss, despair, love, hope, and even peace. But will it be enough?
When I first started reading this book, I was on my toes for everything. The first this. The that. I didn’t want to miss anything. And I think I didn’t, because the book was really, really awesome. Of course, these are my thoughts, so they might not reflect yours if you’ve read the book.
That said, it was my kind of book. It had magic, it had mythology and deities and mind control and Johnny Storm from the fantastic four. No really, it did. The book “spoke to me”.
The characters were well developed, everyone given a voice didn’t just have a voice. They had a soul and actual character and an existence beyond the books. Before I continue, I’d like to give a quick shout-out to Nigerian jollof for showing up and causing bits of hunger. Thank you.
Really, there isn’t much wrong that can be said about the book. I feel like Tomi did her best to deliver on all fronts for all the characters, which sometimes made sense and other times stalled for a bit. Not too long for it to fade away, but enough to cause a stir and the occasional pause. Of course, that’s the intention.
There’s tragedy in the book, and quite a handful of deaths. As in any book, some were more “oooh, aaaah” and others required tissues. The main character, Zelié is said to experience so much pain that even others feel it. Now isn’t that cascading.
It’s also noteworthy how easy it is to imagine the characters in modern day situations. Like the scene with Zelié and the royal guard. Pretty much all you have to do is add a touch of modernity and it’ll become a quite familiar story. That says a lot about where we are as humans and as a community. But thankfully, the book faced that beautifully.
Overall, I believe you’ll find this book intriguing to say the least. Especially when you see how much the book takes from our modern world, even in its not-so-modern world. There are scenes so relatable it’s appalling. But the takeaway is that always, always, something can be done. Always.
I really enjoyed this book, and I will probably read it again, and again. It was one of such books that you’d want to end because you want to know what happens, but you also never want to stop reading. Thank you Tomi, for this amazing piece.
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