Rating: 4.7 Stars
What an exceptional story with a powerful voice.
I adored the character of Zelie. She was a great lens to view this world from, both through the oppressive nature of society and the hope that it will inevitably get better. She was hopeful, a fighter, and although she largely showcases her perseverance towards the end goal, her humane struggles make her a character we understand. While initially I was not interested in the three different voices, as the story progressed, their necessity became clear to the overall story.
The book has real colonial undertones to it. You have a clearly oppressed people – signaled by their darker skin and white hair, who are targeted due to their magical abilities. Connections can be drawn to colonial African time. It gives a new spin on that conflict – what if the magic could return. Meanwhile, old African traditions have a much harder time of returning. The setting of this story makes it a well developed and powerful piece.
As fictional stories go, you expect certain twists and turns to occur to make the book more interesting and add conflict. When you read so many of these stories, you can begin to predict them. What I loved about this story as how believably unpredictable it was. There were so many directions the story took that I didn’t expect and each one thrilled me. It made for a very exciting read.
Recommendation: I will absolutely stock this in my library.