Children of Anguish and Anarchy

Children of Anguish and Anarchy
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June 25, 2024
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Featuring gorgeous designed edges, dazzling metallic foil designs on the jacket and case, and an exclusive endpaper map that reveals new unexplored territories, Tomi Adeyemi’s #1 New York Times-bestselling Legacy of Orïsha series comes to an earth-shaking conclusion.

New allies rise.
The Blood Moon nears.
Zélie faces her final enemy.
The king who hunts her heart.

When Zélie seized the royal palace that fateful night, she thought her battles had come to an end. The monarchy had finally fallen. The maji had risen again. Zélie never expected to find herself locked in a cage and trapped on a foreign ship. Now warriors with iron skulls traffic her and her people across the seas, far from their homeland.

Then everything changes when Zélie meets King Baldyr, her true captor, the ruler of the Skulls, and the man who has ravaged entire civilizations to find her. Baldyr’s quest to harness Zélie’s strength sends Zélie, Amari, and Tzain searching for allies in unknown lands.

But as Baldyr closes in, catastrophe charges Orïsha’s shores. It will take everything Zélie has to face her final enemy and save her people before the Skulls annihilate them for good.


The Complete Legacy of Orïsha Series:

Children of Blood and Bone
(Book 1)
Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Book 2)
Children of Anguish and Anarchy (Book 3)

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The first two books introduce characters and the persecuted world they live in, and yet this time, Zelie and co have been kidnapped, and a whole new set of adversaries are savagely tearing the Maji apart. The Skulls have violent blood magic, and their brutal King believes he can steal Zelies magic and become a God!
The final part of this trilogy that started oh so strong, and yet I'm sorry to say that for me, this final book just went in directions I neither expected nor even wanted. As much as this is Zelies story, the author brings her characters to life by giving the reader different viewpoints, which means we are invested in all of them. Old enemies and even those who betrayed loved ones suddenly have to band together in light of the heinous threat the Skulls present, and maybe for some readers, it might feel too quick and easy. We get new alliances, too, as Zelie seeks to stop the vicious Skulls, and they have a whole new set of magical abilities to add to the mix. I will be honest and say as this got closer to the end, I did get a sense of doom and impending loss, and yep, you might feel the need for tissues. I can't describe this as a happy ending, but it's certainly a new beginning, which is perhaps more apt. I almost felt like we were starting a new series rather than getting an ending to the previous two books. At times, I think when writers leave several years between series, they lose the thread of where the story was going and jump in with all these new ideas that have developed while they have been away from the story. Children of Anguish and Anarchy, while not terrible, just felt separate from the previous story we had been following. Maybe the author intended to get us more interested in the new story and off into another part of this world.
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