Zelie (Za-Lee) is haunted by the memory of her mother’s murder. The king of Orisha order the killing of all maji and the end of magic. Zelie and her brother, Zane, live with their father who is unable to live alone complicated by health problems. Zelie is a diviner, one who is trained in magic but unable to use it because of the monarchy. Magic is gone and most have given up hope of ever seeing or using it again until Zelie meets the princess of Orisha at the market. She has stolen a powerful scroll from her father who murdered her best friend. This scroll is part of the key to bring back magic to Orisha. The three are to be on a quest to return magic but must out run the brutal prince and his father or time will run out to bring back magic. They only have a few nights before the solstice and if they don’t make it they will certainly die for their efforts.
This is a beautifully written story with an abundance of imagination and suspense. The setting of jungles and oceans made me think of Africa or South America. The chapters are told from the perspectives of the four main characters so it is easy to read into the minds and thoughts. This book has been highly marked and I have been eager to read it. I checked it out from the Oklahoma Digital Library in the audiobook, but the hardback is available at Wal-Mart. This is the first in the Legacy of Orisha series so I am looking for the sequel next summer.
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