Guys, the hype is well deserved for this book. (Now the inaugural book for Jimmy Fallon’s Book Club)
The book reads like a movie. I was entranced from the first chapter. In a world with out magic, Zelie remembers a time before the “raid” with her family and their magic. The current king eradicated the country of magic, which included Zelie’s mother. As a young diviner, she is considered the lowest of the low and treated as such by the royal guards. They harass her and other villagers on orders of the King to try and keep them kicked down. Secretly trained in fighting by Mama Agba, Zelie is constantly searching for a way to help her family and friends. Then suddenly everything changes.
The young princess of the country escapes with a sacred magical object and runs into Zelie while fleeing the guards. Zelie learns that magic isn’t gone forever, but needs to be brought back through a sacred ritual that only she, her brother, and the princess can complete. Thus starts an adventure across the country. A large cache of characters come and go in her life that all help lead her to where she needs to go. Does the Princess really believe in her cause? Will they make it to the sacred island before time runs out? Who could she really trust?
The character of Zelie is astounding. She is a flawed hero that makes mistakes, doubts herself, and tries to do the right thing. She doesn’t always succeed, which makes the book super realistic even in the midst of the magical fantasy.
I was in it from the beginning. And then the Author’s note at the back of the book broke me. As a white woman, I know I can’t understand the struggles of POC in today’s society. I just know that reading the note at the end and the attached articles make me want to make the world a better place. This is the same feeling I got reading “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas too…..another great book. Empathy is important, and I think this world could use more of it, especially with all that is going on in the US right now.#FamiliesBelongTogether
I cannot wait to see this on the big screen….and for the further adventures! The book ends on a cliffhanger so big that I don’t know how I’m going to make it until the next book comes out. Thanks Tomi Adeyemi! One of my favorites of the year!