TBR: Children of Virtue and Vengeance Suffers From Middle Book Syndrome

Warning: Spoilers for Children of Blood and Bone and minor spoilers for Children of Virtue and Vengeance

On December 3, 2019, Tomi Adeyemi released the sequel to her debut novel, Children of Blood and Bone. The sequel, titled Children of Virtue and Vengeance centers on Zélie as she works with the princess of Orïsha, Amari after they’ve brought magic back into the lands. Unfortunately, the ritual they performed to bring the magic back didn’t only restore the powers of the oppressed maji, but also in the nobles who had magic in their ancestries. Now, Zélie and Amari have to figure out a way to unite the kingdom together or face a civil war.
I really enjoyed Adeyemi’s debut novel, Children of Blood and Bone and I was looking forward to the sequel. To my dismay, I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I had wanted to. This mainly stems from the decisions that characters made that left me frustrated and less emotionally connected to the plot and the dilemmas that the characters faced.
The plot was also lackluster compared to the first book, and it seemed very tedious, with the same things happening over and over again, just in different scenarios.
While this book was disappointing, it wasn’t bad or poorly written. The worldbuilding continued to be strong and well thought out, with influences from West African and Yoruba culture, highlighting the diverse cast of characters. I enjoyed the magical aspects of Orïsha in Children in Blood and Bone and was pleased to see them continue in the sequel. The fights between the two groups of people were made very interesting with the involvement of magic and the different uses it had during battle.
Although the book didn’t live up to my expectations, I’m hoping that this is only middle book syndrome and the next book will be more similar to the first.

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Ella Terry is a managing editor for the Jagwire. She’s a junior and this is her second year on the staff. She is an avid reader and loves cats and all things Harry Potter. She loves to bake and is eagerly awaiting the release of Frozen 2.
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