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  • Children of Virtue and Vengeance

  • Legacy of Orisha, Book 2
  • Written by: Tomi Adeyemi
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (152 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The spectacular sequel to Audie Award Audiobook of the Year Children of Blood and Bone

A GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK

"Bhani Turpin exquisitely narrates the second book in this fantasy series, Legacy of Orïsha. Her steady pace and West African accent draw us into the story of Zélie, a Maji warrior, and Princess Amari - both of whom fight against a monarchy that threatens to destroy the people of Orïsha...A riveting audiobook!" (AudioFile magazine, Earphones Award winner)

After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too. Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari's right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy's wrath.

With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: She must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance is the stunning sequel to Tomi Adeyemi's New York Times best-selling debut Children of Blood and Bone, the first audiobook in the Legacy of Orïsha trilogy.

©2019 Tomi Adeyemi Books, Inc. (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Wonderful continuation

This was a great continuation from blood and bone though I feel the "dedication to those killed" has been lost now.

I love the Magic and wonder of the world the characters develop well and you see the progression without it being forced down your throat.

Adeyemi uses a number of phrases repeatedly that stand out as repetitious that I felt should have been changed to something else. But realistically that's a very minor grievance. I don't agree with some of the character choices but their reasoning makes sense for those characters.

The performance was great and had me in tears at times.

I was not a fan of the ending though. It sets up for the next book but in too much of a TV season finally kind of way.

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While a good story…

I did not enjoy it as much as the first. Some aspects feel overplayed and redundant. The second half was stronger than the first in my opinion. Good voice acting; though some sound effects I could do without

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Not as thrilling

I still thoroughly enjoyed the sequel, it just did not hit the same emotional chords as the first novel.

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Disappointing

I loved the first book of the trilogy this much but this one felt histrionic, the characters grated in my nerves and I struggled just to finish. Not going to bother with the third.

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Amazing

I love this series. I was confused with the ending though, but DEFINITELY READ THIS!

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Captivating, Vivid. All characters come to life.

Storyline and narrator's voice held me spellbound.
Good reading. Beautiful book to read again.

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Another great read!

This was exactly what I wanted/needed from the series. Tomi has written a great arc for Zélie and Amari, the only thing I didn’t love was the setup for the epilogue. It felt a little sudden and unearned, but I’m *very* excited about where it will head into book 3! As always, anything read by Bahni Turpin is amazing, evocative, and soothing, and this performance is no different. 12/10 would recommend!

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This series keeps getting better

Great narration. Great characters. The story keeps me guessing on what will happen next.

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Good series, average book, important characters.

Take-away: Not as good as the first, and drags on in parts, with some of the characters becoming a bit frustrating. Important inclusive addition to the YA fantasy genre with a generally engaging performance.

PROS: After the first - incredible - book, you'll want to find out more and this book provides that: more. Its important and interesting to have a different 'world' to enter, and I'm sure lots of young people will appreciate characters that are more representative of them. Some good plot points and the narrator does bring you into the story.

CONS: Found it hard to focus at times, and the first 60% of the book felt like it was spinning its tires, trying to reach the heights of the first book. Definitely frustrating elements, where you wondered what it contributed to the overall plot. The narrator felt ... tiring after a while, although generally enjoyable.

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amazing

great second book, can't wait to see where they go next. zaely definitely the best lead character I've read in a long time.

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  • Bryn Stevens-Guill
  • 2019-12-10

Constant melodrama ruins a promising story

I really liked Children of Blood and Bone. I even pre ordered this title because I liked it so much. but this volume was so miserable and convoluted that I am sorely disappointed.

No character in this book is consistent. Every once in a while one of the main characters will lose their mind and act completely out of character just to fuel the constant misery and melodrama that saturates the entire story. No character is immune to making angry out of character snap decisions that ruin everything. A certain POV character basically has a hole in his head where information spills out; he is incapable of critical thinking because if he used his brain most of the useless tragedies in this book could have been avoided.

The whole book seems to be an exercise in misery. Almost constantly horrible things are happening in this book and characters are constantly suffering from one scene to the next with VERY small moments of peace peppered in. These horrible things don't feel necessary to the story, they feel like they're just happening because the author wants the book to be dark and melodramatic as possible. If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be "angst".

Every time you think something positive is going to happen, it is ripped away. This happens so often over the course of the story that it becomes boring and predictable. I didn't need to think very hard to know what was going to happen next. The structure of the story is basically this: characters do something. oh no! everything is ruined and we're very sad. characters try something else. oh no! everything is ruined and we're very sad. Rinse and repeat for 13 hours. Children of blood and Bone had this structure too, but at least it made sense in relation to the story.

This book also has an extremely unsatisfying conclusion. I don't think I'll be picking up the next one.



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  • TONYA REED
  • 2019-12-04

Really Sad

I LOVED "Children of Blood and Bone." Could hardly wait for this sequel. Seven chapters in, and I'm bored senseless, and cringing at the absurd and predictable story line. "...Blood and Bone" began with tension...a fight scene that escalated into more tension, relaying the divisiveness that drives the story line, with layers of ironies, intricate details and twists. Conversely, "...Virtue and Vengence" begins with this same fiery protagonist, now a weepy narrator, bemoaning her situation. The story then plods along, with an actionless narrative, minus intense and descriptive plot surprises designed to hold the reader's interests.

A glimmer of hope arises at the onset of Chapter 7, but it is soon snuffed out, via a predictable story occurence, which dims all hope of the story mystery and allure being resumed.

Unfortunately, I will return this audiobook before completion. I prefer remaining content with fond memories of Book 1 "Children of Blood and Bone," rather than ruining my entire impression of this initially-inspiring story.

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  • Sparrow
  • 2019-12-10

it's okay

I have never wanted to pull a character out of the pages and smack them as badly as I wanted to smack Zeile. Petulant is the only word that comes to mind.

The story is mediocre. I'm hoping it's just the curse of the middle book and the next will be great.

The narrator is incredible!!! Her pronunciations of the Yoruba is perfect! She deserves some serious accolades for her performance!!!

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  • CoCoMD
  • 2019-12-14

Rich and Unique Storytelling, but this time around I was left with more questions than answers

**Spoilers**I fell in love with with first book in the series and preordered this second installment with much excitement. It didn’t quite measure up to the original, but it’s still a pretty good story and the performance was excellent.

Pros:
Action packed
Fast paced
Rich world and culture
Rowan’s character development

Cons:
There was little character development for the two female lead characters and I felt their decision making showed little growth. They often made the same mistakes without rhyme or reason.
Zane has no voice—it would be nice to get his perspective.
Felt like certain characters, like Mazelie, were forced on the reader and their development was shallow at best
Could’ve used a brief reminder of the different kinds of Magi—what their powers were since it’s been a while.
There was never an explanation as to how Nahanda or other Titan were able to do what they did with their magic that the Magi could not. It felt like a made up “ability” to propel the story forward

In the end, I look forward to the next book in the series, but if it leaves me with more questions than answers (the way this book did), that might be the end of it for me.

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  • 'Demi
  • 2019-12-04

Seriously? Bahni Turpin narrates this?!!!

It is quite ridiculous that Audible has allowed Bahni Turpin to narrate this follow-up book. RIDICULOUS!!! Her rendition of a western African accent and pronunciations of Yoruba phrases are incorrect and often times change the meaning. I wonder if the author, Tomi Adeyemi, samples this audio narration. It sounds like rubbish! Bahni Turpin does a decent narration job on other works, I truly do appreciate her skills, but she is the wrong person to narrator this work. At best, the accent she taps into sounds more southern African than western. And her Yoruba skills are nonexistent. This narration job should have been given to a better trained narrator that is skilled in Yoruba intonations and familiar with western African accent. This work is one of the worst audios I’ve ever listened to.

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  • Jacob
  • 2019-12-16

Disappointed

The first book was great. This one is a struggle to get into and by the time you do every character becomes horrible. The only saving grace I'd the narrator.

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  • Jon Winter
  • 2019-12-04

WHAT A SURPRISE

THIS CANNOT HOLD A CANDLE TO TOMI ADEYEMI"S FIRST BOOK. THIS BOOK IS A REAL MYSTERY TO ME WHEN COMPARING THE TWO BOOKS. (AUDIBLE BOOK)

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  • Dunni
  • 2019-12-05

PLEASE GET ANOTHER READER

I love this series, I really do. But it is so painful listening to this narrator butcher every Yoruba word, name, phrase and passage. It’s actually worse than the way she read the first book. I don’t understand why Audible would have someone that already has a very notable (South African?) accent narrate a book that is specifically Nigerian with so much Yoruba. I missed so many parts of this book due to the terrible butchery of her pronunciation

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  • Bre
  • 2019-12-07

Book 1 was better book 2 still good

It was slow in the beginning but picked up pace towards the middle. I wasn't as invested in their lives as I was in book 1. But boy oh boy there will be a book 3. Now I'm curious all over again.

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  • Jennifer Duvert
  • 2019-12-06

Loved it!!

Intense from the start, great continuation of the first book! Omg I felt every emotion in this story and performance was spot on. I listened to it twice back to back, that's how good it is to me. I can't wait for the nxt book!!

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