I’ve read plenty of fantasy novels, at this point in my reading career, that center around Black African characters. Or in some cases, Black American or Black British characters. Minus Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, I don’t think I’ve been quite as enthralled by such a YA Novel.
If you saw my Top 10 of 2020, you’ll know what position this came in. And why. But before we get to the review, here’s a bit more about Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko.
In Arit, the country of 12 separate nations, there is one Raybearer who rules with a council of 11, one from each nation. Tarisai has been groomed since (before) birth to become one of the emperor’s council siblings. Except that her lineage carries with her something special — her mother’s wish. One that she is compelled to complete. One that involves killing the emperor’s son once he trusts her.
And, oh, boy. That was something else.