This book is AMAZING. Such a page turner!
Tomi Adeyemi successfully creates a fantasy world richly steeped in culture and lore.
In Orisha, there are two types of people: Kosidan and Diviners. Throughout history, these two groups have struggled with finding peace. Diviners are born with pure white hair and, when they turn 13, they become powerful Magi. Kosidan do not possess magic. This difference has been the cause of violence, abuse of power, hatred, jealousy, and finally- genocide.
The Raid was the final attempt at destroying magic. King Saran wanted vengeance for the death of his family, so he sent his guards to murder every living Magi. Only the Diviner children were spared. Though they were spared, the King loathed them and stripped them of many of their rights. They were called maggots by the nobility and were often unjustly tortured and prisoned.
Zelie Adebola is a Diviner. She will never be a Magi so long as magic is dead. But, can magic truly be dead if the Diviners live?
This is a story with a powerful lesson. The tale proves that it is our choices that make us who we are- not the groups we are born into. There can be no blanket judgments of groups of people as if a certain “tribe” is all bad or all good. We are the sum of the decisions we make and the actions we take.
Making assumptions about people based on their “tribe” and then acting unjustly towards them based on those assumptions- leads to the downfall of peace and civility. This is true for Kosidan and Diviners and, as the Author’s note points out, is all too true for groups in our own reality, such as Law Enforcement and the African American community.
I am EAGERLY looking forward to the next installment of this series. I HIGHLY recommend this read!
Review by Mrs. Sanborn
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