AGE RANGE: 14-17
SUMMARY: The story tells the tale of Zelie, Amari, and Tzain as they travel to restore magic to the land of Orisha after it is forcefully destroyed by an evil dictator. The authoritarian king, Saran, killed all magical adults (Maji) in the land, leaving their children (Diviners) to fend for themselves or be taken care of by non-magical parents and relatives. Because of this loss, Diviners lose their language, history, and communal ties. To ensure that Diviners follow the rules, the king sends his guard, a police force that surveils all of Orisha and behaves in whatever manner they see fit. They kill, rape, and maim Diviners at will, and they are praised for their actions, as they ensure the subjugation and death of the marginalized. The main characters fight back, however, hoping to restore magic and justice in an oppressive world.
WHAT I LIKED: I loved the storyline and the subtle, yet present social commentary. It didn't feel didactic, but I definitely felt the pangs of social violence throughout the story, even though it was set in this high-fantasy world. The pacing was awkward for me at times, but nothing that detracted too much from the story.
1 - I wouldn't recommend it