“You crushed us to build your monarchy on the backs of our blood and bone. Your mistake wasn’t keeping us alive. It was thinking we’d never fight back!”
- Author: Tomi Adeyemi | Hardcover : 544 pages | ISBN-13 : 978-1250170972
In the world of Orïsha, magic used to thrive and be celebrated. Zélie, remembers this time and what a powerful Divîner her mother was. But she also remembers the way her mother’s body looked, when it was left on display the day that magic died.
Now, the king of Orïsha wants to make sure magic is kept dead, while also keeping all the Divîners that live in Orïsha oppressed. The king ensures that the Divîners are reminded they are lesser, in hopes that they will forget how powerful they once were, along with everyone else. And this has worked, for the last eleven years, that is until a powerful artifact is found and if it is combined with a couple other powerful artifacts it can bring magic back to Orïsha once and for all.
When a Maji is born with white hair, it is a sign that they are touched by the Gods, so they are called Divîners. And back before magic disappeared, when a Divîner turned thirteen, they would develop what kind of power they had from whatever God had touched them. The powers range from healing, to taming animals, to wielding light, to controlling time, to making fire, to calling water, to controlling people’s minds and dreams, to even more things! They were very powerful, and the ordinary people didn’t like them being that powerful, so they had to shut them down and keep them down
This is the love of your life you have been waiting for; the sign you wanted mama to give you! Beautifully written and very real to the reader, Orisha is today’s society in its real image. It shows how when you achieve something (or have a sort of magic to make things work) other people don’t have that power dislike it and do what is in their might to stop you. It also shows at which level the oppressed can go to reclaim what’s theirs. I loved Zelie’s strength on this matter.
Another topic Tomi brought in this book is how dark skinned people are perceived in Orisha, which is very similar to our real world. The royal individuals make sure their skin is lighter at the extent of not going out to prevent the exposure to sunlight which may darken the skin. Zelie shows that no matter how dark your skin is, you are beautiful, loved and you can be powerful.
The friendships are goals, the fights are superb, the romance is sweet and I can’t wait for the next book. Everyone should get this 5⭐book!