by Joradn Ifueko
Raybearer has a rich, African setting that is filled with lovable characters. It also somehow manages to avoid many of the clique pitfalls found in other young adult books.
Tarisai is compelled through magic by her mother to befriend and kill the kingdoms prince to avenge a unknown grudge of her mothers. She compete in the trials to become a part of the princes council, who are then connected to one another through a magical bond called the ray. But she refuses to be a pawn in her mothers game. She strives to find a different path for herself where she can help the kingdom at her princes side rather than destroy it as her mother wishes. That’s easier said than done as Tarisai finds injustice and complacency at the heart of the kingdom. She believes she can change things, to make them better, but can she manage that when so many things are stacked against her? I guess you’ll have to read to find out!
This is probably the highest rated book I’ve ever found on Goodreads, and it truly deserves it. With loveable characters, a morally complex story, and fun magic, this book has everything I want in a fantasy book. I can’t recommend this book enough!
Book Review by Taryn, Circulation Assistant