Redemptor, by Jordan Ifueko
Redemptor, sequel to Jordan Ifueko’s Raybearer, is a breathtaking addition to the young adult fantasy genre. As a fan of the first book, I was thrilled to dive back into the magical world that Ifueko has created and explore it even further.
One of things that struck me most about Redemptor is the incredible world-building. Ifueko has created a vivid and complex universe that feels both familiar and completely new. From the vivid descriptions of the different kingdoms to the intricate magic system, every detail is carefully drafted to immerse the reader in this fantastical world.
But what really makes this book shine is the characters. Tarisai, the protagonist from Raybearer, is back and just as compelling as ever. She’s joined by a new cast of characters, each with their own unique backstory and motivations. I was invested in their journeys from the very beginning and found myself rooting for them every step of the way.
I absolutely loved Redemptor. Ifueko once again created a rich and captivating story that kept me hooked from beginning to end. I am only sad that this is a duology.
Written by Jordan Ifueko
Amulet Books, 2021
Amanda Samland is a Library Services Coordinator for Denver Public Schools. She supports school libraries with collection development, library management, training and more. She strives to create welcoming and inclusive libraries where students can explore their interests and develop a lifelong love of learning and reading. She loves to read all kinds of books but especially those that include fantasy, dystopian, robots and space operas.
JULIA E. TORRES is a nationally recognized veteran language arts teacher, librarian, and teen programs administrator in Denver, Colorado. Julia facilitates teacher development workshops rooted in the areas of anti-racist education, equity and access in literacy and librarianship, and education as a practice of liberation. Julia’s work has been featured on NPR, AlJazeera’s The Stream, PBS Education, KQED’s MindShift, Rethinking Schools, Learning for Justice Magazine, School Library Journal, American Libraries Magazine, and many more. She is a Book Love Foundation board member, Educolor Working Group member, a Book Ambassador for The Educator Collaborative, and a co-founder of #DisruptTexts. Her co-authored title Liven Up Your Library: Design Engaging and Inclusive Programs for Teens and Tweens is just the first of many forthcoming publications for librarians and educators. Learn more about Julia on her website juliaetorres.com or on social media @juliaerin80