Zélie, Tzarin and the runaway Princess Amari are on the mission to restore the magic and let the mistreated and abused maggots of Orïsha the opportunity to fight back. While they take the journey to the distant temple, Prince Inan is on the mission of his own. He must bring Amari back, stop Zélie and prove his father he’s strong enough to be the next king. But on the journey Inan faces inimaginable things, soon his loyalties and beliefs are put in question. Will he be able to do what’s right for the country and for himself?
Courage does not always roar. Valor does not always shine.
I have very mixed feelings about this novel. First of all my expectations were very high since it’s an extremely overhyped book. At the beginning the story grabbed my attention, I loved the setting and the overall idea and the world building. I’ve never read a book based on African cultures and I must say I loved reading about Orïsha that apparently based on Nigeria and Nigerian Mythology. However, there was something missing there for me. And I can’t point my finger on what exactly. There was a lot of action going on, betrayals and magic but the second half was very slow. It picked up a little bit at the end, but it was too late because I was already bored.
I liked most of the characters. I really liked Amari and Tzarin. Liked Zélie, although, in the beginning, she was childish and dumb, but she had a nice character development so she improved and grown towards the end of the book. Inan was the character I despised though. He was irritating! Most of the time I just wanted to punch him in his face. I couldn’t get the logic behind his actions. What the hell? Another issue was the romance. The absolutely unnecessary unconvincing romance. They hated each other, and then I turn another page and suddenly they can’t live one without the other. I was like “Does my book misses some pages by any chance? Because clearly, I missed part of the story.” But no. That’s the whole story. Instalove just happened and I was feeling confused as if I was reading the clues wrong.
I would be continuing reading the series, hoping to love the rest of the books and seeing more of Amari and Tzarin and the most interesting world of Orïsha.