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Book Review: Raybearer and Redemptor By Jordan Ifueko

What’s The Book About?

Redemptor is the sequel to Raybearer, a YA Fantasy novel about Tarisai, a girl tasked by her mother to kill the Prince. In this sequel, 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.

The Review

Redemptor is an action packed and suspenseful follow up to Raybearer. I loved that we get to experience Tarisai’s growth in the journey of embracing her new found power whilst wrestling with guilt and the heavy responsibility of creating a just world. The exploration of guilt through the ojiji was terrifying but so innovative!

Tarisai’s relationship with Dayo is as endearing as it was in the first book. It was also interesting to observe the tension in maintaining relationships with her existing council siblings while veering for the love of another council.

I’d be lying if I said the sequel delivered in the way that Raybearer did. I would have loved more focus on the original characters but this is a great conclusion to the series. I’m glad this is a duology because trilogies have fantasy in a chokehold right now.

Top Three Quotes

“Despair. Avarice. Yearning. I think, perhaps, there’s a way humans die while their hearts are still beating.”

“More stars fill the sky than any soul could count,” said the interloper. “Each brighter and hotter than the last. Yet there is somehow room for all of them.”

“Think of memories as books, and the brain as a library. You can only reach the books on the shelves closest to you. But that doesn’t mean the other ones aren’t there. And the knowledge from each book shapes how you think, even if you don’t remember the books themselves.”

Rating

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