A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Redemptor is set in a fictional Africa and has characters with Asian-sounding names. The story poses questions of leadership and diplomacy.
Wealth should be spread equitably throughout society. Children must be protected from violence and greed. Love comes in many forms.
Positive Role Models
Tarisai wants to be a compassionate ruler, but she finds herself having to make cold-blooded decisions. She is surrounded by people -- peers, lovers, and allies -- who watch out for her.
The cast of Redemptor is highly diverse, with an emphasis on dark-skinned Africans. There's a blind character and one who's asexual.
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Violence & Scariness
Redemptor features battles, assassinations, and fight scenes that occasionally include enslaved children. Characters are stabbed, beaten, and shot with arrows.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Tarisai and her friends have romantic interludes, but they are very discreet. She and Sanjeet meet up and share passionate caresses. One character is asexual, and they are accepted by the group. Characters talk about parenthood and birth control.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A scene or two of minor intoxication.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Redemptor is the sequel to Raybearer, by Jordan Ifueko. It follows Empress Redemptor Tarisai as she tries to rebuild her empire before a horde of demons destroys it all. She must find 12 council members who love her, then travel into the Underworld in two years' time. The book contains many scenes of violence -- stabbings, beatings, attacks with arrows -- but they are not overly graphic. There is talk of sex and birth control, but Tarisai is romantically intimate with Sanjeet, mostly with passionate embraces. A smattering of swearing and celebratory drinking. Redemptor is an impressive example of world-building.
Is It Any Good?
Readers love fantasies that don't skimp on the world-building details, and this Afrocentric adventure provides plenty of rich material to delve into. Author Jordan Ifueko avoids the sophomore slump with a sequel that both ups the ante and delivers a satisfying ending. Tarisai is a compelling protagonist -- headstrong, principled, and passionate -- and Ifueko surrounds her with a unique supporting cast of outcasts and near-gods. Redemptor is the sequel Ifueko's fans have been waiting for. It will be interesting to see where she goes next.
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