Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone found having powers was killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Those who use magic must now stay hidden.

Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must learn to harness her own powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers – and her growing feelings for an enemy.
Putting a new twist on some of the most loved themes found in the fantasy genre, this brilliant young adult novel from Tomi Adeyemi is a dark, fast-paced, and magical adventure that is sure to grip any reader.