“Peace comes when stories are celebrated, not erased.”
Hello everyone! I hope you’re all having a lovely end of July! Today I’m bringing you a review for a fascinating fantasy novel about finding your path, fighting for your destiny, and trusting in others.
Author: Jordan Ifueko
Genre: YA Fantasy (Afrofuturism)
Series: Book 1 of the Raybearer Duology
Tarisai is sent to the global empire to compete with other children to become a member of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11, and she is thrilled. That is until she realizes her mother raised her to eliminate a target- a target who just so happens to be the Crown Prince that Tarisai is sworn to serve.
This was a stunning book! I was excited about this story as soon as I started reading, but it just kept getting better as I read. The magical system was fascinating, the world was stunning, and all the characters and issues were so wonderfully done! I loved getting to know all the characters, their talents, and feelings. I wish we had even more time getting to know everyone in this book, but I think the author did an amazing job with what is there. It would have been fun to see the children learn, train, and grow together, but I think skipping forward some helped the book move along nicely.
Tar was a wonderful character. I could really feel her grow into herself throughout this book, and I adored seeing her take control of her life and power. Her strength and determination were wonderful to see, and she was such a stunning lead. Seeing Tar struggling with her past and imposed beliefs was heartbreaking, but it made her character feel all the more real to me.
Although there was a clear problem with Tar being helplessly driven to kill her target, there were still other antagonist forces driving this book. All the politics, history, and present were woven seamlessly together into a captivating plot that kept me engaged in the story. I loved seeing all these layers work together!
Overall, this was a beautiful book taking place in a West-African inspired world that was immersive and inspiring. The book explored how history can tell the stories of different cultures and people in a way that either protects imperialism or praises individuality and diversity. I adored everything about this engaging story, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an afrofuturism fantasy book steeped in rich myths, engaging plots, and lovable characters.
Have you read this book? I cannot wait for the sequel!!! It is going to be so exciting💛
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Be safe, Stay strong, and Change the world!! ❤️🏳️🌈✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻🏳️🌈❤️
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