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For the first time, an Empress Redemptor sits on Aritsar's throne. To appease the sinister spirits of the dead, Tarisai must now anoint a council of her own, coming into her full power as a Raybearer. She must then descend into the Underworld, a sacrifice to end all future atrocities. Tarisai is determined to survive. Or at least, that's what she tells her increasingly dist For the first time, an Empress Redemptor sits on Aritsar's throne. To appease the sinister spirits of the dead, Tarisai must now anoint a council of her own, coming into her full power as a Raybearer. She must then descend into the Underworld, a sacrifice to end all future atrocities. Tarisai is determined to survive. Or at least, that's what she tells her increasingly distant circle of friends. Months into her shaky reign as empress, child spirits haunt her, demanding that she pay for past sins of the empire. With the lives of her loved ones on the line, assassination attempts from unknown quarters, and a handsome new stranger she can't quite trust . . . Tarisai fears the pressure may consume her. But in this finale to the Raybearer duology, Tarisai must learn whether to die for justice . . . or to live for it.


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For the first time, an Empress Redemptor sits on Aritsar's throne. To appease the sinister spirits of the dead, Tarisai must now anoint a council of her own, coming into her full power as a Raybearer. She must then descend into the Underworld, a sacrifice to end all future atrocities. Tarisai is determined to survive. Or at least, that's what she tells her increasingly dist For the first time, an Empress Redemptor sits on Aritsar's throne. To appease the sinister spirits of the dead, Tarisai must now anoint a council of her own, coming into her full power as a Raybearer. She must then descend into the Underworld, a sacrifice to end all future atrocities. Tarisai is determined to survive. Or at least, that's what she tells her increasingly distant circle of friends. Months into her shaky reign as empress, child spirits haunt her, demanding that she pay for past sins of the empire. With the lives of her loved ones on the line, assassination attempts from unknown quarters, and a handsome new stranger she can't quite trust . . . Tarisai fears the pressure may consume her. But in this finale to the Raybearer duology, Tarisai must learn whether to die for justice . . . or to live for it.

30 review for Redemptor

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bookishrealm

    Ya'lllllllllll Ifueko outdid herself with this one. I mean this is one of the best YA fantasy sequels that I've read in a long time. My biggest fear is that it would fall victim to second book syndrome and oh my was I wrong. This book was absolutely beautiful. It kept me on the edge of my seat; it made me laugh; it made me cry. This is definitely one of my favorite books of 2021. Redemptor picks up right where Raybearer left off. Tarisai is responsible for anointing her own council to appease the Ya'lllllllllll Ifueko outdid herself with this one. I mean this is one of the best YA fantasy sequels that I've read in a long time. My biggest fear is that it would fall victim to second book syndrome and oh my was I wrong. This book was absolutely beautiful. It kept me on the edge of my seat; it made me laugh; it made me cry. This is definitely one of my favorite books of 2021. Redemptor picks up right where Raybearer left off. Tarisai is responsible for anointing her own council to appease the spirits of the dead. This book starts off with a lot of action and shocking twists and turns. 7 percent into this book and I had no idea what direction this book was headed in. This book is split into several parts some focused more on Tarisai preparing for her journey into the underworld while the others were actually about the time that she spends in the underworld. Both the character development and plot development in this book were on point and exceptionally well written. In terms of character development, readers will see Tarisai struggle a little bit in this book. There are evil forces at play called Ojiji that are solely responsible for her disconnect to her council siblings. It inevitably becomes a character flaw. Tarisai suffers because she is incapable of asking for help. It breaks that typical "chosen one" trope. Tarisai may be the supposed "chosen one," but she can't do anything without the help of those around her. There are old vices that she struggles with in the first book that play a significant role in the development of this book. Even the introduction of new characters is extremely important to how Tarisai develops as a character. Two of the most important and most interesting come in the form of Min Ja (Woo-In's sister) and King Zuri. Through them she learns of forgiveness, pain, and inevitable sacrifice: the things people are willing to do to protect themselves and the ones they love. What I loved is that no character in this duology "went to waste." From the people that readers are introduced to in the first book to those that we meet in this second and final installment are extremely important and move the story forward towards the conclusion. Additionally, there is more exploration of Dayo's asexuality as well as Tarisai's wish to remain child-less. Both play an interesting and complex role in the narrative of the story. The plot of this book was crazyyyyyy. It was extremely fast paced and had twist and turns that I didn't see coming. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I was sitting in my chair screaming "what?!?" into the abyss. Some of these moments frustrated me and made me angry while others broke my heart and made me cry. If you know anything about me as a reader, then you know that I don't frequently cry when I read books; however, for some reason this book moved me emotionally. The whole concept of the Raybearer is further explored in this book and leads to some surprising conclusions. Jordan Ifueko has an extreme gift for world building. She proves that she can create a fantasy world while exploring issues that we have in our real world like social and economic inequalities. Overall, this was an amazing book. I mean truly breathtaking and beautiful. Such a wonderful, well-written conclusion to the story that took the reading community by storm last year. Ifueko lays it all on the table and gives this story everything she has. No stone was left unturned. I have so much respect for her as an author and I honestly can't wait to see what she's going to do in the future. Ya'll this is a must read of 2021.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Frank-Intergalactic Bookdragon

    Prereview November 2020 Me: is the sequel to Raybearer out yet? Some poor bookstore employee: no Me the next day: is it out yet? That same poor employee: no Employee on the inside: can't wait until I get tomorrow off and get a break from this guy SpongeBob narrator: the next day Employee: *still asleep* Me from under their bed: is - st0p screaming - is the sequel to Raybearer out yet? Employee: *still screaming* Me: so anyway I was thinking - oh quiet down and let me discuss my theories - so I think the s Prereview November 2020 Me: is the sequel to Raybearer out yet? Some poor bookstore employee: no Me the next day: is it out yet? That same poor employee: no Employee on the inside: can't wait until I get tomorrow off and get a break from this guy SpongeBob narrator: the next day Employee: *still asleep* Me from under their bed: is - st0p screaming - is the sequel to Raybearer out yet? Employee: *still screaming* Me: so anyway I was thinking - oh quiet down and let me discuss my theories - so I think the sequel will be called Redemptor and- Update February 2021 Bookstore employee: *opens fridge* Me from inside the fridge: hey look it got a cover and I was right about the title! Bookstore employee: *screaming* how do you keep getting into my house?????? Review September 2021 Bookstore employee: *driving to work peacefully* Me, popping up from the backseat: hey have you read Redemptor yet- Employee: *screams in a pitch so high only dogs can hear it as they swerve around traffic before screeching to a halt on the side of the road* Employee: how did you get into my car!? Me: the way you're still surprised at this point *smh* anyway did you read Redemptor? Employee: you motherfu- well actually I did and it was amazing! Me: WASN'T IT like THAT is how you do a sequel! Employee: the ending is extremely satisfying and emotionally poignant and the book overall is well paced and as captivating as the first. Me: I agree, though I do feel one of the twists could have had more foreshadowing, I am willing to overlook it because it did make sense as a twist and did not inhibit my enjoyment. Employee: yes and the character arcs were exceptional. I loved how Tarisai was allowed to be nuanced and make mistakes. Me: it made her arc powerful and relatable because despite this being an extremely magical and rich fantasy world with larger than life problems she and the other characters felt grounded in relatable issues. I loved how mental health was explored in this! Employee: and how along with mental health this entire series dealt with themes of love in many different forms. Unconditional, platonic, romantic, familial, etc. Me: yes which is part of why I believe this series is the best found family story. I also love how there is biromantic asexual rep in both books that is done so well! Employee: exactly! Overall the entire series was a magical bundle of adventure and love. Me: most definitely a favorite duology of mine! Employee: same *narrows eyes* now get out of my car you weirdo. *note that I do not encourage the harassing of bookstore employees or employees of any kind*

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anniek

    I'm in absolute awe of this book. This is now my favourite duology ever. With Raybearer having been one of my absolute favourite books of 2020, the finale to this duology was one of my most anticipated 2021 books. And then I got BLESSED: right after the cover and release date were announced, the book went up on Netgalley and I got approved within a day. Needless to say, I dove in right away. Very often, when I've really loved the first installment in a series, I will end up very disappointed by I'm in absolute awe of this book. This is now my favourite duology ever. With Raybearer having been one of my absolute favourite books of 2020, the finale to this duology was one of my most anticipated 2021 books. And then I got BLESSED: right after the cover and release date were announced, the book went up on Netgalley and I got approved within a day. Needless to say, I dove in right away. Very often, when I've really loved the first installment in a series, I will end up very disappointed by the second one, because it will just not live up to the first book. So if that happens to you too, let me just state right away: there's no need to worry about that here. When I started reading, I was immediately transported back into this world, and everything about it - the writing, the plot, the characterization - felt completely consistent with the first book. One of my favourite aspects of the first book was the way the found family trope was used. This is one of my favourite tropes in general, and while I adored it in Raybearer, I think it might have even been better in Redemptor. I especially still very much adore my beloved Dayo. But really, this book just has it all: amazing characters with enough loveable interactions to keep me happy, an engaging plot, intricate world building, absolutely exquisite writing. Whether you like to read for the plot or for the characters doesn't matter - you will be fed here.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Turnbull

    Redemptor is a worthy sequel to one of my favourite reads of 2020, Raybearer. In this second instalment, we follow Tarisai as she faces new challenges and enemies and ultimately braves the underworld itself. With brand new fascinating characters and several heartfelt moments, Redemptor explores exploitation, oppression, nobility, and class divisions in a thoughtful and multifaceted way. Redemptor asks questions that are so important for young people to consider. Why does blood or birth determine Redemptor is a worthy sequel to one of my favourite reads of 2020, Raybearer. In this second instalment, we follow Tarisai as she faces new challenges and enemies and ultimately braves the underworld itself. With brand new fascinating characters and several heartfelt moments, Redemptor explores exploitation, oppression, nobility, and class divisions in a thoughtful and multifaceted way. Redemptor asks questions that are so important for young people to consider. Why does blood or birth determine our lot in life? Why are some lives more expendable than others? Do those in power have a responsibility to change the status quo for the better? Who deserves the power to decide? I am in love with the world Ifueko has built with this series, and I cannot wait to see what she creates next! Trigger/Content Warnings: Death, blood, suffering, child death, child labour, murder, amputation/loss of limbs VIDEO REVIEW: https://youtu.be/Z6jPExstT1Y You can find me on... Youtube | Instagram | Twitter| TikTok

  5. 4 out of 5

    ♠ TABI⁷ ♠

    'Under no circumstances should you enter the Underworld, unless you are certain that you will return.' Disjointed review here mostly because I read this so fast a few weeks ago that precise details are blurry . . . partly because it's not released yet. Anyways!! This was a fantastic, INCREDIBLE follow-up to Raybearer with very few stumbles in this duology. It moved at just the right pace, the world-building expanded in a natural, realistic manner, and all the character's growth and develo 'Under no circumstances should you enter the Underworld, unless you are certain that you will return.' Disjointed review here mostly because I read this so fast a few weeks ago that precise details are blurry . . . partly because it's not released yet. Anyways!! This was a fantastic, INCREDIBLE follow-up to Raybearer with very few stumbles in this duology. It moved at just the right pace, the world-building expanded in a natural, realistic manner, and all the character's growth and development didn't waver nor change from the paths they'd been set on in the first book. "Why stifle your own power?" "Because I want to be an empress, not a god!" Tarisai is such an amazing character, going from conflicted girl with dark secrets to a conflicted empress with even darker secrets. Her growth and character arc was one of the best, even though at times I wanted to scream at her to UNDERSTAND THIS ISSUE FASTER PLEASE I BEG YOU . . . but that was all part of the wonderful human aspects of her character. "Your life should not be a means to an end. No human being should be reduced to a function. The day we do that—it's the beginning of the end." Allow me to scream AGAIN about the lovely cast and the effortless diversity in this book because THIS IS HOW IT SHOULD ALWAYS BE DONE OKAY!! there's so many aspects of real-world cultures and ethnicities in here, complete with their strifes and collaborations. And it's done so lovingly?? So beautifully?? I could just sit, starry-eyed, and gesture incoherently at this book when I try to explain how MUCH it means to me (and I know mean's so much more to BIPOC people) to have a fantasy so diverse like this. Another thing to note is that the gray-moral character of the story . . . a young rebel king, his part to play in the entire story (and what is referred to in the above quote) IT WAS SO POWERFUL in a fierce, unwavering way. I can't say much more without spoilers, but, yeah . . . appreciated that internal arc so much. "I was thinking," he said, "that you should get used to people dying for you." Finally, I shall flail about the romance—it's amazing and realistic and they argue and come back to the same understanding and, no matter what, they don't give up on each other. I love all the characters dearly (obviously the good ones) but Tarisai and Sanjeet are such a good couple. They both drive each other to do better while helping each other from their individual struggles without relying entirely on each other to fix things and, alslkslkdlkjdlskjdsl LOVE THAT. Finally, some healthy portrayals of love grown in conflicted times. So, overall: read this duology. It is a fantastic debut from a new author who clearly has so much more amazing stories in store for the future and I CAN'T WAIT!! I received a digital ARC from Amulet Books via Edelweiss. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Quotes are taken from an uncorrected ARC copy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ☀︎El In Oz☀︎

    Edit #1: GUYS GUYS THE COVER IS SO BEAUTIFUL OMG 🤩😍 I really needed this book like yesterday Raybearer ★ ★ ★ ★ .75

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maxwell

    I don't know how to rate this because I love these characters and the world so much that I was bound to love this sequel and conclusion to the story. What I can say is I absolutely LOVE Tarisai's story and how Ifueko sets everything up from the very beginning of Raybearer. It's clear she planned everything out very well, and with that she is able to do so much in just two relatively short books. The themes in this one are particularly powerful; the idea of being a revolutionary, finding your pas I don't know how to rate this because I love these characters and the world so much that I was bound to love this sequel and conclusion to the story. What I can say is I absolutely LOVE Tarisai's story and how Ifueko sets everything up from the very beginning of Raybearer. It's clear she planned everything out very well, and with that she is able to do so much in just two relatively short books. The themes in this one are particularly powerful; the idea of being a revolutionary, finding your passion in life, inspiring change that goes against the very actions your ancestors may have taken to cause a lot of harm in the world; the idea of pursuing your calling even if it goes against the voices of many, sometimes the very people you need to support you. It's all very complicated but Ifueko handles it with such care through the lens of this coming-of-age story. My only small complaints for this one were that it could have been longer, and there were SO many characters. Part of that is just in the world-building, and I think she did a good job of giving info as needed, having a world with so many lands and people groups means that naturally you have to neglect some to focus on the main story. I'm a sucker for good world-building, and you can tell there is a lot more Ifueko could do in this world, so maybe she will give us more someday. But I liked how throughout both books in this duology, she really just focuses on one girl and her story. And with that being said, I appreciated how this sort of stuck to but also subverted the 'chosen one' tropes. Everything makes sense and has a reason for why Tarisai is the way she is, what decisions she makes, and how the construct of their world necessitates certain decisions or actions. Though there is magic and lore in this world, it never exists just for the sake of explaining things away. Through the final chapters of this book, every previous decision or historical fact serves a purpose and for that I was impressed. All in all, I can see myself returning to both of these books again and again. In fact, I recently re-read the first book via audio to prepare for this one, and I absolutely want to read this one in audio form now to immerse myself even further in the world. The narrator is fantastic and something about hearing all the names and countries and magical elements read out loud just brings it to life even more for me. Truly a special and unique series for me that I'll think about for years to come.

  8. 5 out of 5

    CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨

    Raybearer was one of my favourite books of 2020, but with its sequel, Redemptor seals this African-inspired duology as one of the best YA fantasy series in existence. And I'll stand and fight by that statement. - Following the events of Raybearer, Tarisai is tasked with uniting the realm to save the world and atone for her forebearer's sins, all while being plagued by mysterious beings who question her power and right. - I loved how expansive the world was in Raybearer, and yet this book takes a w Raybearer was one of my favourite books of 2020, but with its sequel, Redemptor seals this African-inspired duology as one of the best YA fantasy series in existence. And I'll stand and fight by that statement. - Following the events of Raybearer, Tarisai is tasked with uniting the realm to save the world and atone for her forebearer's sins, all while being plagued by mysterious beings who question her power and right. - I loved how expansive the world was in Raybearer, and yet this book takes a way to expand it even further. Ifueko's immaculate storytelling is transportive, taking us to faraway places, to worlds and imagery that we may have never imagined. - If you love found family, then you'll love this. I loved the gorgeous relationships in this book - especially with Min Ja and Zuri. - I liked how this book explores the pressures and expectations that we put on ourselves to save the world - to not only do everything but everything right and just and perfect. It's about feeling the injustices of the world and history intensely, and doing what you can to make the world a better place. - Ultimately, this book asks: What does it mean to live? And I loved how the story arrives at its answer. It was hopeful, satisfying, and just so well done. Trigger/content warning: death, depiction of murder, drug use, alcohol use, blood mention, recount of parental abuse and neglect I received a digital advanced reader's copy in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    JustJJ

    RTC @ Bookerification Cover: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Writing: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5 Plot: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5 Main character(s):🌟🌟🌟🌟.5 Secondary characters: 🌟🌟🌟 Final rating: 4.5 Loved this a lot more than the first book! "Do not ask how many people you will save… Ask, to what world will you save them? What makes a world worth surviving in?” RTC @ Bookerification Cover: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Writing: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5 Plot: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5 Main character(s):🌟🌟🌟🌟.5 Secondary characters: 🌟🌟🌟 Final rating: 4.5 Loved this a lot more than the first book! "Do not ask how many people you will save… Ask, to what world will you save them? What makes a world worth surviving in?”

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maisha Farzana

    =》4.5 stars ......."I think I’d rather be hated as a weakling than loved as a monster"....... “Do not ask how many people you will save,” I murmured: “Ask, to what world will you save them? What makes a world worth surviving in?” 'You don’t get to choose why people love you. But what you do with the love you receive .... that’s a choice you make every day." The stunning conclusion to my newest favourite fantasy duology. Jordan Ifueko changes the meaning of "the chosen one". She shapes th =》4.5 stars ......."I think I’d rather be hated as a weakling than loved as a monster"....... “Do not ask how many people you will save,” I murmured: “Ask, to what world will you save them? What makes a world worth surviving in?” 'You don’t get to choose why people love you. But what you do with the love you receive .... that’s a choice you make every day." The stunning conclusion to my newest favourite fantasy duology. Jordan Ifueko changes the meaning of "the chosen one". She shapes this infamous trope into a brand new form and gives it a completely different purpose and name. 🌠 "Redemptor" is the sequel to "Raybearer". For the first time in the history of Aristar, an Empress Redemptor sits on the throne. Tarisai of Swana, our Empress learns to navigate life in power while being under constant pressure of friends and foes. Running a empire, proving her worth, dealing with her guilt and grief- Tarisai can't help but keep wandering into mazes. After all, life is not a bed of roses. On top of that, Tarisai has promised to sacrifice her own soul to save the lives of thousands. To appease the sinister spirits of the dead, Tarisai must now anoint a council of her own, coming into her full power as a Raybearer. She must then descend into the Underworld, a sacrifice to end all future atrocities. Our Tarisai isn't weak. She plans to survive and also keep her loved ones save. Chaos is brewing, descendents of the underworld is rising, assassins and traitors are lurking around. Tarisai needs to fight her inner demon before targeting to defeat the ones in the underworld. I had pined my whole life for a family. Now that I had cobbled one together, dysfunctional and cursed as it may be . . . nothing would snatch it from me. Not even an imperial execution. 🌠 "Redemptor" does a great job of building onto Aritsar’s mythology, magic, and history, expanding on the beautiful lore of the first book, and stretching the map. The influence and portrait of West African mythology and folklore in this series is amazing. The world building and the magic system is mesmerising. They're complex but very easy to understand. One of my favourite fantasy worlds without any doubt. 🌠 "Redemptor" has lots of action and twists. It's also heavy with political intrigues. The characters continue to develop. The plot development is praise worthy. The romance blooms in the air. Overall, this book won't fail to keep you hooked. Another thing, I loved the asexual representation featured here. Dayo is our adorable baby. We need to protect him. I guess I can just copy-paste my review of "Raybearer" here. Because I enjoyed this second book almost as much as the first one. Maybe, I loved the first book a tat bit more. I don't have any specific reason for it. Only a feeling. "Redemptor" just couldn't captivate my heart as much as its predecessor did. Still, it is a gloriously wonderful book. A must read. I would highly recommend to give this duology a try. 🌠 Simply to say, where I devoured "Raybearer" like a savage, I ate "Redemptor" upholding my decency and manner. I know none it makes sense. Well, I am not a person who's used to "making sense". But I think you have got my point. That will be enough. * Raybearer = 5 stars *Redemptor = 4.5 stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    Oyinda

    Book 86 of 2021 5 beautiful stars for Tarisai Kunleo, Empress Redemptor. Very many thanks to Abrams Books for making my dreams come true by giving me the opportunity to read this book SO early on via Netgalley. Raybearer is one of my favorite 2020 reads, and I was so hyped for this book. fun fact, I also got to listen to an audiobook of Raybearer early, back in July thanks to Blacksone Audio via Netgalley. I love Raybearer a lot and Redemptor did not disappoint. This was an action-packed and emoti Book 86 of 2021 5 beautiful stars for Tarisai Kunleo, Empress Redemptor. Very many thanks to Abrams Books for making my dreams come true by giving me the opportunity to read this book SO early on via Netgalley. Raybearer is one of my favorite 2020 reads, and I was so hyped for this book. fun fact, I also got to listen to an audiobook of Raybearer early, back in July thanks to Blacksone Audio via Netgalley. I love Raybearer a lot and Redemptor did not disappoint. This was an action-packed and emotion-filled book, and Raybearer got a well-deserved sequel. From the opening chapter, Jordan Ifueko brought us up to speed with how the first book ended, and in a couple of pages, the action was underway. This book introduced a myriad of new characters, and elevated the importance of some characters (much like how a series takes a character from recurring to regular) by giving them a prominent storyline or making them more integral to the central storyline. I loved some of the characters and hated others. SO MANY important themes were discussed in this book. With Tar and her council siblings at the helm of power, they are exposed to the unjustness of the ruling system and the divide between the rich and the poor. Tar is especially sympathetic towards the plight of the poor. Depression and anxiety are also examined through a very unique angle with the use of the ‘ojiji’. It broke my heart for Tar, but also warmed my heart the way the author handled it. Dayo’s asexuality was also explored more in this book. Family, friendship, love, loyalty, sacrifice, grief, loss, healing, and a number of other themes were also key to Redemptor. Tar’s journey towards creating her own council was tough and filled with bumps, and the author added a very unique twist at the beginning of it. My poor baby Tar had to deal with a lot in this book, and she faced a lot of fears and inner demons. Her journey in this book was so awe-inspiring and motivating. I learnt a lot from Tar and this book just elevated her status on my list of favorite book heroines. A lot about the past and history of the Kunleo family and the powers they possessed were examined in this book. We also learnt more about the ‘abiku’ and the first Treaty. This book made me laugh, cry, swoon, giggle, get hurt, scream, and fall in love. The action and pacing were great, the characters were exquisite, and the writing was excellent. Just as with Raybearer, this book was infused with so many beautiful aspects of West African (especially Yoruba) culture. If you thought I loved Raybearer and wouldn’t shut up about it before, my Redemptor campaign would ecen be more massive. Out on the 17th of August, I want everyone to preorder this and I can’t wait for you all to love it as much as I do.

  12. 5 out of 5

    onthebooksel

    WE HAVE A TITLE AND A COVER FOLKS I AM SO EXCITED EEEEE Thank you to NetGalley for giving me an arc I’m genuinely not sure how to review this book. I was so in love and obsessed with Raybearer that this just left me wanting a lot more. I’ll be back later for a full review I think.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shealea

    Immersive and expansive. Thoughtfully paced and cleverly developed. Utter perfection. This is the best YA fantasy duology to ever exist, bar none. Review to follow.

  14. 4 out of 5

    hiba

    3.5/5 raybearer is one of the best YA fantasy books i've ever read so to say i was highly anticipating its sequel is an understatement. maybe in doing that i set this book up because it's a perfectly fine sequel but i did have quite a few issues with it - and i definitely think the first book is the better one. while i adored the worldbuilding and mythology as much as i did in raybearer, i wish the plot could've been different - as in, more focused on the already existing side characters rather t 3.5/5 raybearer is one of the best YA fantasy books i've ever read so to say i was highly anticipating its sequel is an understatement. maybe in doing that i set this book up because it's a perfectly fine sequel but i did have quite a few issues with it - and i definitely think the first book is the better one. while i adored the worldbuilding and mythology as much as i did in raybearer, i wish the plot could've been different - as in, more focused on the already existing side characters rather than adding tons of new ones who i simply didn't care about (zuri, in particular, irritated the living hell out of me). i wish we could've seen tarisai bonding with her original council siblings rather than forming new bonds with new characters. the original siblings had such unique personalities and powers, it felt like a massive missed opportunity. i appreciate how the author incorporated themes of class disparity and poverty as well as questioning the system of monarchy and whether that's the best way to govern people. but the execution didn't really work for me in terms of the vigilante subplot - we have this vigilante going around trying to destroy mines and marketplaces to show the suffering of the poor, which was such an astoundingly ridiculous thing to do, it had me rolling my eyes. the book sort of acknowledged this but that just made the whole thing look even sillier. apart from that, i still loved tarisai and dayo - they're amazing characters and i loved seeing their interactions and the way they're basically platonic soulmates. i also liked how the author highlighted tarisai's internal struggles and made the journey in this book feel a lot more personal. so despite some stumbles, this is still a pretty good conclusion to an overall fantastic duology and i highly recommend all YA fantasy lovers to read these books. cws: mentions of child death, amputation rep: nigerian/west african-coded world + cast, biromantic asexual side character

  15. 4 out of 5

    Deja

    After Raybearer, I did not think Jordan Ifueko could manage to blow me away even further. Now that I've had the honor of reading Redemptor, I can proudly say my expectations for what I would consider a perfect series have been forever changed by Tarisai's story. The Raybearer duology is a series that is so incredibly unique - everything from the worldbuilding to the use of the found/chosen family trope, to exploring complex relationships and one's own personal duty and willingness to sacrifice f After Raybearer, I did not think Jordan Ifueko could manage to blow me away even further. Now that I've had the honor of reading Redemptor, I can proudly say my expectations for what I would consider a perfect series have been forever changed by Tarisai's story. The Raybearer duology is a series that is so incredibly unique - everything from the worldbuilding to the use of the found/chosen family trope, to exploring complex relationships and one's own personal duty and willingness to sacrifice for the greater good are all wrapped up in lush worldbuilding and characters who you can't help but adore. The morals of love and justice and strength are ones that will stay with you for a lifetime. Redemptor does an amazing job of picking up the story right where we left off and bringing readers on an incredible journey that is difficult to put down. Someday I will update this review with every spoilery detail of why this book was amazing, but for now, I'll have to hold back my endless gushing until August.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sophia (Fantasy Book Addict)

    Still deciding between a 2.5 and a 3 stars Raybearer was one of my favorite books I read last year, it was a fresh and unique story, and I found it endearing. So, believe me when I say, I’m sad I didn’t love this as much as the first. Let’s start off with the good parts of this story. One thing I really appreciated was how Jordan Ifueko wasn’t afraid to explore themes of systematic oppression regarding class. All throughout the story, Tarisai is learning about how unjust the empire is, she learns Still deciding between a 2.5 and a 3 stars Raybearer was one of my favorite books I read last year, it was a fresh and unique story, and I found it endearing. So, believe me when I say, I’m sad I didn’t love this as much as the first. Let’s start off with the good parts of this story. One thing I really appreciated was how Jordan Ifueko wasn’t afraid to explore themes of systematic oppression regarding class. All throughout the story, Tarisai is learning about how unjust the empire is, she learns how her privilege has afforded her comfort. I love seeing Tarisai question and go against the status quo. Unfortunately, that's all I really enjoyed. One thing I loved the most about the story is the found family aspect, seeing Tarisai come from an abusive home to the Children’s Palace where she was able to find a family to call her own was heartwarming. The only critique I did have was that I wished the relationships were fully explored and I was hoping to see that familial bond explored even more in the second story. Unfortunately, the second book doesn’t explore those dynamics at all. We were constantly being told how much the Council Siblings cared for each other, but we were never shown it. Female friendships aren’t explored enough in fiction and I felt that Raybearer did an amazing job exploring the friendship between Tarisai and Kirah and it was one of the best parts of the story. So, I was incredibly disappointed that she only made a few appearances. Even her relationship with Sanjeet and Dayo is put on the back burner. It felt as though character development was being sacrificed for the sake of the plot, which was especially disappointing to me because the characters are the reason, I loved the first book so much. Even when it came to Tarisai building her own council, it felt as though we were being held at an arm’s length. None of their characters were fully developed And it felt like Tarisai’s Council Siblings were there for the plot and nothing more. In terms of plot, it felt like the story lacked consistency. There was a specific plotline that didn’t serve much of a purpose and was only used as a plot device (can't go into details because of spoilers). It felt as though the story I was reading in the beginning was completely different from the end. I felt like this could've been separated into two books and that would have made for a more cohesive storyline. I'm a high-stakes reader, which made the ending feel a little anticlimactic. The way the magic system was handled was also disappointing to me. I loved the idea of being in love in order to be bonded through the Ray, it made the found family aspect that much sweeter. I didn’t like the idea of that love being distorted. Overall, I don’t think this is a bad book. The first book set the bar so high and this just didn’t live up to it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    Wow, this was fantastic ride! Redemptor concludes the Raybearer duology and a LOT happens in this book. There is a lot of ground to cover in terms of plot (including a trip to the underworld!), but it's also so rich in character development. It's an impressive second book, and I say that having been disappointed by quite a few YA sequels this year. Redemptor did not disappoint. Tarisai has a heavy burden on her shoulders and spends a lot of the book believing she's alone and no one understands ho Wow, this was fantastic ride! Redemptor concludes the Raybearer duology and a LOT happens in this book. There is a lot of ground to cover in terms of plot (including a trip to the underworld!), but it's also so rich in character development. It's an impressive second book, and I say that having been disappointed by quite a few YA sequels this year. Redemptor did not disappoint. Tarisai has a heavy burden on her shoulders and spends a lot of the book believing she's alone and no one understands how she feels. This is a book that viscerally explores the experience of depression and anxiety, even if in this case there is a magical twist to what's happening. We also continue to get great representation with a diverse cast of characters, including one who is asexual & sex repulsed. Thematically this book also deals with injustice, poverty, and appropriate uses of power. It's vivid with lush descriptions and an action-packed plot that keeps things moving. It's also not afraid to deal with darker themes of death, violence, and grief. I really liked the direction this took and found the ending to be very satisfying. Definitely one worth reading! I received a copy of this book for review via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Arundhati

    Thank you to Netgalley and ABRAMS Kids for providing me with an e-ARC of this book! I'm always a little bit nervous going into sequels, especially sequels of books that I loved. The potential for the story to go wrong is always there, and finales are often bittersweet. I'm happy to report, therefore, that Redemptor was a fantastic sequel and a beautiful conclusion to Tarisai's story. The novel picks up right where Raybearer left off, with newly-crowned Tarisai on the verge of anointing her new co Thank you to Netgalley and ABRAMS Kids for providing me with an e-ARC of this book! I'm always a little bit nervous going into sequels, especially sequels of books that I loved. The potential for the story to go wrong is always there, and finales are often bittersweet. I'm happy to report, therefore, that Redemptor was a fantastic sequel and a beautiful conclusion to Tarisai's story. The novel picks up right where Raybearer left off, with newly-crowned Tarisai on the verge of anointing her new council. Her promise to enter the Underworld looms over her, and she is adjusting to the burden of being an Empress. There's a lot going on, with overlapping storylines and a massive cast. Overall, however, Ifueko handles it deftly, ensuring that the reader never feels overwhelmed by the scale of the book. Redemptor builds further onto Aritsar's mythology, magic and history, expanding on the lore of the first book. At the same time, a new cast of characters is introduced - the leaders that Tarisai is going to have to anoint to her council. Some of the new characters absolutely won my heart, and I'm going to be thinking about Zuri and Min Ja for a long time. Without revealing any spoilers, their characters add so much richness to the world - their interactions with Tarisai paralleled her internal conflicts so beautifully, and brought in new facets and angles through which the entire s novel an be seen. Needless to say, I'm going to be ready with about 70 different analyses by the time the book is actually released. I also found Tarisai's visions of the ojiji spirits some of the most compelling scenes in the book. Protagonists struggling with their newfound responsibilities is a common theme in fantasy novels, but (view spoiler)[Tarisai's ojiji-fueled conflict in Redemptor was one of the best, and most realistic, versions of this that I have ever read. It was also chillingly relatable, as her guilt-fueled frenzy is something that many of us do actually experience. (hide spoiler)] Though none of us are empresses, Tarisai manages to remain a relatable character. Another part of Redemptor that absolutely stood out to me was Tarisai's found family and their relationships. I loved getting to know Ai Ling in this book, and (view spoiler)[seeing her relationship with Dayo flourish was unexpectedly beautiful. (hide spoiler)] . Sanjeet, as always, was wonderful and his relationship with Tarisai continued to be heartwarming. Seeing a brown boy represented so beautifully is infinitely meaningful, and I loved the duology even more for it. The diversity continued to stun, with nuanced characters representing so many different races and sexualities. I haven't even touched upon the other myriad themes that Ifueko manages to address in this book - from the inherent unjustness of a monarchy, to the class divides between the rich and poor, to the nature of activism and what it takes to make change in a flawed world, Redemptor engages boldly with difficult questions. Incredibly, it still manages incorporate the most beautiful themes of Raybearer, including love, loss, family, grief, and faith. Raybearer and Redemptor are beautiful books, and I will be recommending them to anyone who asks.

  19. 5 out of 5

    rain

    without a doubt, raybearer is one of the best duologies to ever exist. i do think that this sequel is not as good as its predecessor, but i think i am in the minority when i say this. i mostly had problems connecting with the new characters. i wish we got more scenes of tarisai building a bond with her new council members instead of the montages that were showcased in this book. i also wish we saw more of the old characters since they did not get enough spotlight on this one. nevertheless, i sti without a doubt, raybearer is one of the best duologies to ever exist. i do think that this sequel is not as good as its predecessor, but i think i am in the minority when i say this. i mostly had problems connecting with the new characters. i wish we got more scenes of tarisai building a bond with her new council members instead of the montages that were showcased in this book. i also wish we saw more of the old characters since they did not get enough spotlight on this one. nevertheless, i still loved this book very much by the end. redemptor showed tarisai's harrowing journey as a ruler in a way that feels both emotional and authentic. in fact, this book gives more focus to tarisai's thoughts and feelings more than anything else, which i appreciate. the portrayal of the expansive world is as stellar as ever, and i like how this book did a deep dive into the corruption and oppression happening in aritsar. if you ever choose to read only one duology in your life, let raybearer be your first choice.

  20. 5 out of 5

    callie

    Jordan Ifeuko does it again. Once again i’m stunned by her fantastic writing, she masterfully creators a world that immerses the reader completely. The plot was woven so well and her creativity is mind blowing. Redemptor was a fantastic conclusion! The messages about corruption can actively be applied to the world we currently live in. The way emotions were written was so amazing, i cannot comprend how someone can be this talented at writing. ALL HAIL JORDAN IFEUKO!!! and if you haven’t read this Jordan Ifeuko does it again. Once again i’m stunned by her fantastic writing, she masterfully creators a world that immerses the reader completely. The plot was woven so well and her creativity is mind blowing. Redemptor was a fantastic conclusion! The messages about corruption can actively be applied to the world we currently live in. The way emotions were written was so amazing, i cannot comprend how someone can be this talented at writing. ALL HAIL JORDAN IFEUKO!!! and if you haven’t read this duology what are you even doing?

  21. 4 out of 5

    lia

    ugh this was just super disappointing. raybearer slapped so hard so i had such high expectations for this but it really fell flat. instead of further developing some of the side characters we were introduced to in the first book, like 20 new characters were introduced! it was so difficult to keep track of everyone’s names and eventually i just gave up. i didn’t care about any of them. it was definitely an issue or quantity over quality for characters. as for the plot, it was just boring as fuck. ugh this was just super disappointing. raybearer slapped so hard so i had such high expectations for this but it really fell flat. instead of further developing some of the side characters we were introduced to in the first book, like 20 new characters were introduced! it was so difficult to keep track of everyone’s names and eventually i just gave up. i didn’t care about any of them. it was definitely an issue or quantity over quality for characters. as for the plot, it was just boring as fuck. nothing happened for the first 90% of the book, and all the action and important parts were crammed into the last 50 or so pages. the ending was super confusing and it was just hard to read. yeah, i’m bummed about this

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Woc Reader

    We revisit the world of Aritsar where Tarsai is working on creating her own council as she takes on her new role as Empress Redemptor. The beginning of the story starts off with a bang! I did not expect what happened so early on. While Tarisai is determined to help the people and unite the realms, her council siblings are reluctant to see things her way. Some of them feel she's dramatically changed and should leave things the way they've always been. They feel she was selfish offering herself up We revisit the world of Aritsar where Tarsai is working on creating her own council as she takes on her new role as Empress Redemptor. The beginning of the story starts off with a bang! I did not expect what happened so early on. While Tarisai is determined to help the people and unite the realms, her council siblings are reluctant to see things her way. Some of them feel she's dramatically changed and should leave things the way they've always been. They feel she was selfish offering herself up to the Underworld without consulting them. Even Sanjeet has trouble understand her motivations though he tries to stand buy her and support her the best he can. Tarisai is still grappling with her complicated relationship with the need to be loved. She still at times feel like that little girl who wanted her mother's attention. So when she tries to build her own council he has trouble connecting with potential council members because she must open herself up in a way she never has before. Throughout the story she's being taunted by the spirits of dead children called the Ojiji who keep telling her that's she's weak and must work harder. While doing this they also spill some truths that keep Tarisai doubting herself. Those parts did get a little repetitive for me but that didn't hinder my enjoyment of this story. And there presence is fully explained towards the end. There are many new characters introduced but I would say the most notable for me were Woo In's sister Princess Min Ja and King Zuri. I did want to see some more of the old council though. Ai Ling has a strong presence and helps Tarisai thoughout providing her much needed support alongside Dayo. This story does delve a bit more into his asexuality and his feelings towards being a ruler and continuing the Kunleo line. While I enjoyed this and it's a solid end to the duology I didn't enjoy it as much as Raybearer. I felt like it spent a little too much time building towards Tarisai's trip to the Underworld which didn't happened until part V. So part IV and V were loaded the heavier action and shocking twists while most of part II and III ebbed along. Which made the story feel longer than it actually was. I felt Raybearer was a little more evenly paced. But as I stated before this is still enjoyable and if you enjoyed Raybearer you need to finish off the series. I received an arc from Abrams Kids in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    I'm not crying you're crying I have no bad things to say about this book. It lived up to every hope and expectation I wanted. I loved seeing Tarisai grow into her power and her role as Empress. I love the found family and all the exploration of grief, mental health and healthy relationships. This duology was absolutely perfect and I absolutely recommend it. Rep: Black female MC, Black asexual male side character, Black supporting cast. CWs: Blood, death, drug use, fire, injury/injury detail, ki I'm not crying you're crying I have no bad things to say about this book. It lived up to every hope and expectation I wanted. I loved seeing Tarisai grow into her power and her role as Empress. I love the found family and all the exploration of grief, mental health and healthy relationships. This duology was absolutely perfect and I absolutely recommend it. Rep: Black female MC, Black asexual male side character, Black supporting cast. CWs: Blood, death, drug use, fire, injury/injury detail, kidnapping, violence. Moderate: grief, sexual content, past mentions of child abuse.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anjali (bookstersisters)

    Raybearer was one of my absolute favourite books of 2020. Not just 2020, it was an all time favourite ya fantasy and I was eagerly anticipating as well apprehensive about the sequel. What if it doesn’t live upto my expectations? What if it’s so bad that I somehow lose my love for the first book? These were some of the questions plaguing me but I needn’t have feared. Tarisai’s story was safe in the hands of Jordan Ifueko and what a story it was!!! Redemptor by Jordan Ifueko picks up right from whe Raybearer was one of my absolute favourite books of 2020. Not just 2020, it was an all time favourite ya fantasy and I was eagerly anticipating as well apprehensive about the sequel. What if it doesn’t live upto my expectations? What if it’s so bad that I somehow lose my love for the first book? These were some of the questions plaguing me but I needn’t have feared. Tarisai’s story was safe in the hands of Jordan Ifueko and what a story it was!!! Redemptor by Jordan Ifueko picks up right from where it left off in Raybearer. We follow Tarisai who is trying to juggle too many things while being plagued by her many ghosts. I related to her on a deep level with this book. The depiction of her drive for justice, of her need to make everything better and her frustration when nobody understands her were all hauntingly familiar to me. I could see myself in Tarisai, in her battles against her spiraling mental health and her growing isolation from everyone around her. Her character development was so adeptly handled by Ifueko, that I was in awe. I loved how Ifueko expanded on the found family trope in this sequel and somehow made it even better. We get to meet a lot of new characters in this book as well as familiar, much loved characters from Raybearer. Every single one of them were so uniquely memorable. They each had something to add to the plot. I loved how every character learns and grows from each other. “If the world didn’t care about injustice, then I would simply have to care enough for all of them.” Ifueko builds upon the rich, beautiful world of Aritsar and immerses us further into its history, mythology and socio-politico-economic issues. The inequitable class system and the unjust divide between the wealthy and the needy could all be considered a mirror to our own society. I loved how the world building also added to the character development of Tarisai. I was fully transported to this imaginary world, exquisitely crafted by Ifueko and wished I could remain there forever. I cannot find even one bad thing about this book. It was the perfect sequel, the perfect finale and this is one of the bestest YA fantasy duologies ever. It will be a crime to miss out on this series, so add them to your TBRs and fall in love with this beautiful story. I was provided an e-arc by Netgalley and the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    katayoun Masoodi

    i like this world and the complex magic system, but must say i never am in love with main characters that are perfect, do everything perfectly and everyone loves them and are amazing and good at everything. and the trouble with these main characters are that all the story is about them not one of the other interesting people are fleshed out.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Winkfield

    I am just as in awe of Redemptor as I was Raybearer. Now my favorite duology. The beautiful world and love of culture continues in Redemptor with the same great pacing and action. Where they differ is that Redemptor reads as the more grown up and mature version. The struggles and mental battles Tarisai fights become even more complex and dark. As if the book is aging and maturing right along with our favorite main character. I love how effortlessly the important themes, that apply to our real wo I am just as in awe of Redemptor as I was Raybearer. Now my favorite duology. The beautiful world and love of culture continues in Redemptor with the same great pacing and action. Where they differ is that Redemptor reads as the more grown up and mature version. The struggles and mental battles Tarisai fights become even more complex and dark. As if the book is aging and maturing right along with our favorite main character. I love how effortlessly the important themes, that apply to our real world, are weaved within this book to make you think critically without feeling at all out of place. I never fail to be inspired by Tarisai and this holds true in Redemptor as well. I’m only sad that it’s over.

  27. 5 out of 5

    tay (taylor reads)

    the cover is just...wow💗

  28. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    An absolutely stunning conclusion to the Raybearer series! Jordan Ifueko’s breathtakingly magical and immersive world-building was sheer perfection—Utterly unputdownable! For the first time an Empress Redemptor sits on Aritsar’s throne, but to appease the spirits of the dead Tarisai must anoint a council of her, coming into her full power as a Raybearer. Then she must descend into the Underworld, a sacrifice to atone for the past and end all future atrocities. But Tarisai is determined to surviv An absolutely stunning conclusion to the Raybearer series! Jordan Ifueko’s breathtakingly magical and immersive world-building was sheer perfection—Utterly unputdownable! For the first time an Empress Redemptor sits on Aritsar’s throne, but to appease the spirits of the dead Tarisai must anoint a council of her, coming into her full power as a Raybearer. Then she must descend into the Underworld, a sacrifice to atone for the past and end all future atrocities. But Tarisai is determined to survive. At least, that’s what she tells her increasingly distant circle of friends. With her reign off to a shaky start with the lives of her loved ones on the line;haunted by child spirits who demand payment for past sins of the empire, facing assassination attempts and a handsome new stranger she can’t quite trust, Tarisai fears the pressure with consume her. For only she can’t decide whether to die for justice... or to live for it. I absolutely LOVED Raybearer, with its beautifully lush descriptions and wonderfully endearing protagonist and Redemptor is no different. The pacing was good and the writing was exceptional, I absolutely loved the complex and endearingly vibrant characters (both recurring and new.) The LGBTQ+ representation was also really good, I particularly enjoyed the portrayal of an Asexual main character (a group that has long been overlooked or unrepresented in fiction.) Jordan Ifueko’s skill in weaving some important social topics such as; mental health,class discrimination,women’s equality, neglect and the global climate crisis into a gorgeously compelling and addictive narrative is one of the many reasons she’s one of my favourite new authors— I’m excited to see what she does next. Overall, this beautifully heart wrenching,West African inspired YA Fantasy is one of the best books I’ve read all year! Thanks to Bonnier/Hot Key Books and NetGalley for the e-arc.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jewel

    Actual rating: 4.25 stars Compared to the first book, “Redemptor” was more fast-paced and delightfully immersive. If you ask me which book I prefer, I would choose this without hesitation because of the simple reason that it was more uplifting. Our heroine Tarisai had a glorious character growth arc. I rarely love a character who’s on a self-destructive path, but Tarisai’s an exception. Even during her darkest and most vulnerable moments, her character resonated with me. “Do not confuse guilt wit Actual rating: 4.25 stars Compared to the first book, “Redemptor” was more fast-paced and delightfully immersive. If you ask me which book I prefer, I would choose this without hesitation because of the simple reason that it was more uplifting. Our heroine Tarisai had a glorious character growth arc. I rarely love a character who’s on a self-destructive path, but Tarisai’s an exception. Even during her darkest and most vulnerable moments, her character resonated with me. “Do not confuse guilt with conviction. Guilt is self-centered, and leads only to destructive obsession. But conviction brings balance — a sense of purpose beyond oneself.” Although Tarisai's guilt and obsession to do the right thing at the expense of her well-being were heartbreaking to watch, a big part of me still admired her for caring so much. I was also touched that she was kind and considerate of other people's feelings even when she was in so much pain. Jordan Ifueko wrote this sequel while she was struggling with a lot of problems (depression, pandemic, Black civil rights issues, etc.) and those difficult experiences did wonders for Tar's characterization because the author had also gone through Tar's rage, sorrow, fear, and helplessness. Tarisai's emotions felt so raw that during the more intense scenes, I needed to take a break to process what I just read. IMO, this novel is such a timely read because considering all the horrible things happening around the world lately, there are many people out there who, like Tarisai, are so focused on trying to save other people that they neglect to take care of themselves. "Redemptor" emphasizes the importance of balance - that we can help more people if we are whole. Sure, you can still help a lot of people while you're in a bad headspace, but ask yourself this: How much more can I accomplish if my heart is lighter and my mind is clearer? Anyway, I did mention that "Redemptor" was more fun than "Raybearer", so I will share the happier things: * Among the supporting characters, Sanjeet's character development was the most impressive. He's much more than just Tar's love interest and Dayo's council brother in this installment. * Dayo's so pure and adorable. I was elated that our asexual biromantic rep got more page time in this book! Now that we got to know him more, I find him even more precious! * Ai Ling was a badass High Lady Ambassador and a wonderfully supportive council sister. * Kirah's still that level-headed and steadfast BFF we all need in our lives. * I enjoyed reading about the intriguing new characters, especially Min Ja, Zuri, and Adukeh. Lastly, I wouldn't mind a third book or a spin-off series. Hell, I would love to read a book about Min Ja and Da Seo's adventures in Songland!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lata

    This was an interesting return to Arit, and Tarisai, who is now Empress. She’s got a frightening, no, terrifying task looming over her, as she needs to honour her agreement with the demons: to walk willingly into the underworld in place of the children originally destined to go. Her fellow council members are terrified for her, particularly Dayo, Sanjeet and Kirah. At the same time, Tarisai is threatened and harried constantly by the spirits of dead children, who are urging her to work ever hard This was an interesting return to Arit, and Tarisai, who is now Empress. She’s got a frightening, no, terrifying task looming over her, as she needs to honour her agreement with the demons: to walk willingly into the underworld in place of the children originally destined to go. Her fellow council members are terrified for her, particularly Dayo, Sanjeet and Kirah. At the same time, Tarisai is threatened and harried constantly by the spirits of dead children, who are urging her to work ever harder everyday to gain them justice, as well as right several existing injustices in Arit. To do this, she must also gain not just the support of Arit’s vassals rulers, but she must meld them into her own council. So, easy peasy, right? I was worried that this book would not be as good as book one. No worries. Jordan Ifueko has Tarisai wrestle with a number of things, driving herself incredibly hard, often with her council siblings not grasping why she is so determined to right so many wrongs, especially as they either don’t see the problems in the realm, or feel any urgency about them. Ifueko deals with big issues here, of how -how should one wield power while staying true to oneself and being compassionate to others? -how do you gain equity for those without? -how far do you go and how much do you give of yourself to others when trying to right wrongs? So, Tarisai goes through the wringer multiple times in this book as she keeps trying to do what she feels will gain people around Arit safety, equality and opportunities, while also trying to be kind and balanced in her rulings. It’s a difficult thing to achieve, and this wonderful young woman refuses to settle for adequate, while also gaining valuable insight when gaining the trust of her vassal rulers. I feel like the book ended on a high, while also leaving me wanting more stories in this world. Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for this ARC in exchange for a review.

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