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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Children of Virtue and Vengeance is the second volume in the Africa-based fantasy series by Tomi Adeyemi. The action begins where it left off in Children of Blood and Bone, with magic returned to the land of Orisha by Zelie and Amari. There are many battle scenes, but their impact is blunted by their repetitiveness. There are some disturbing scenes in which characters seem to melt from the inside out. There's also lots of talk of loss of family. Romantic couples occasionally pair off for some passionate kissing, but such scenes are rare and not graphic. Infrequent strong language is limited to "dammit" and "bastard."
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What's the story?
As CHILDREN OF VIRTUE AND VENGEANCE opens, Zelie and Amari have brought magic back to the land of Orisha after a bitter struggle. What they don't suspect is that an act of betrayal will take them by surprise and leave their cohort shattered. Told from multiple perspectives, the story emphasizes the tragedy of family members pitted against each other. Villains and heroes step forward and take on new responsibility as the stakes grow higher.
Is it any good?
Author Tomi Adeyemi maintains a high level of suspense and displays a knack for complex characterization in this exciting sequel. Epic fantasy isn't known for its diversity, but this saga sticks close to its roots and presents teen characters of African backgrounds. There are many battles, but they project a certain degree of sameness as the narrative advances. Characters seem to die, but are then somehow healed. Adeyemi has some stylistic tics that may bother some readers (for example, she always comments on what's happening to a character's chest during a stressful situation, although not in a sexual way). All in all, a necessary gathering of plot threads, but an installment that many leave some readers impatient for the final volume of the series.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Children of Virtue and Vengeance depicts characters in the middle of a civil war. How can citizens of a country become so politically polarized that people take up weapons against each other?
Children of Virtue and Vengeance takes inspiration from African mythology. Why does ancient folklore still speak to modern reader?
What do you think of the violence in Children of Virtue and Vengeance? Is it an effective part of the storytelling?
- Author: Tomi Adeyemi
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Superheroes, Brothers and Sisters
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Henry Holt & Company, Inc.
- Publication date: December 3, 2019
- Number of pages: 404
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: January 8, 2020
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