Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone

by

Tomi Adeyemi

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Amari Character Analysis

Raised in the luxury of the palace in Lagos, Amari is the Princess of Orïsha and Inan’s sister. She lives in the lap of luxury but is subject to the strict rules of her mother, who criticizes Amari’s every move and dictates everything from what she eats to how she carries herself. Even worse, Amari is petrified of her father, King Saran, a cruel man who long ago gave up trying to teach Amari how to fight with a sword because she abhors violence. Her only solace is Binta, a divîner serving girl who is Amari’s only friend. Amari dreams of life beyond the palace, but she knows little of the injustices and dangers that plague the kingdom. After Saran murders Binta, Amari’s world is shattered. As she travels across Orïsha with Zélie and Tzain, she witnesses firsthand the extreme suffering her father’s ways have caused. It casts him in a new light, showing her the evil within her own family. She also begins to see herself differently—though she thinks of herself as someone who is weak and useless because of her distain for violence, she learns that she can also be loyal to her friends, true to her beliefs, and physically stronger than she could have imagined. She is the one to eventually murder Saran.

Amari Quotes in Children of Blood and Bone

The Children of Blood and Bone quotes below are all either spoken by Amari or refer to Amari. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Henry Holt and Co. edition of Children of Blood and Bone published in 2018.
Chapter Five Quotes

You must protect those who can’t defend themselves. Mama Agba’s words from this morning seep into my head.

Related Characters: Zélie (speaker), Amari, Tzain, Mama Agba
Page Number: 58
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Chapter Thirteen Quotes

I arch my eyebrow at Amari and think back to her mention of a training accident. I assumed the scar came from her brother’s sword, but was she holding a sword, too? Despite her escape from Lagos, I can’t imagine the princess locked in battle.

Related Characters: Zélie (speaker), Amari, Inan
Page Number: 129
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Chapter Twenty-Two Quotes

Though the royal seal is etched into the clay wall, it waves in my mind like the velvet banners in Father’s throne room. After the Raid, he abolished the old seal, a gallant bull-horned lionare that always used to make me feel safe. Instead, he proclaimed that our power would be represented by the snow leopanaires: ryders who were ruthless. Pure.

Related Characters: Amari (speaker)
Page Number: 195
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Chapter Thirty-Four Quotes

I don’t know what disturbs me more: that I killed him, or that I could do it again. Strike, Amari. A thin whisper of father’s voice plays in my ears.

Related Characters: Amari (speaker), King Saran
Page Number: 261
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Chapter Thirty-Six Quotes

“Those are Father’s words, Inan. His decisions. Not yours. We are our own people. We make our own choices.”

“But he’s right. Inan’s voice cracks. “If we don’t stop magic, Orïsha will fall.”

Related Characters: Amari (speaker), Inan (speaker), King Saran
Page Number: 275
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Chapter Fifty-One Quotes

Zu’s tears make my own eyes prickle. Kwame’s face pinches with pain. I want to hate him for what he did to Tzain, but I can’t. I’m no better. If anything, I’m worse. If Inan hadn’t stopped me, I would’ve stabbed that masked divîner to death just to get answers.

Related Characters: Zélie (speaker), Amari, Inan, Tzain, Kwame, Zu
Page Number: 343
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Chapter Sixty-Eight Quotes

Binta’s voice rings loud. The sight of her blood fills my head. I can avenge her now. I can cut Father down. While the maji take out the guards, my sword can free Father of his head. Retribution for all his massacres, every poor soul he ever killed […].

Related Characters: Amari (speaker), Binta, King Saran
Page Number: 443
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Chapter Seventy-Five Quotes

I don’t want to be alone. Not when tonight could be my last night. Blind faith in the gods may have taken me this far, but if I’m going to get on that island tomorrow, I need more.

Related Characters: Zélie (speaker), Amari
Page Number: 481
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Chapter Eighty-Three Quotes

I cannot end it like this. If I do that, I’m no better than him. Orïsha will not survive by employing his tactics. Father must be taken down, but it is too much to drive my sword through his heart—Father pulls back his blade. Momentum carries me forward. Before I can pivot, Father swings his sword around and the blade rips across my back.

Related Characters: Amari (speaker), Inan, King Saran
Page Number: 513
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Amari Character Timeline in Children of Blood and Bone

The timeline below shows where the character Amari appears in Children of Blood and Bone. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Three
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In Lagos, Princess Amari sits through a stuffy meal with gossipy nobility as her mother criticizes her every move.... (full context)
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Amari’s mother compliments Samara, a young, rich girl who is betrothed to Amari’s brother, Inan. Amari... (full context)
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Worried that Binta may be in trouble with her father, King Saran, Amari excuses herself from the room and sneaks into a hiding spot in her father’s throne... (full context)
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Horrified, Amari watches as Binta is dragged into the room by guards. When Kaea forces her to... (full context)
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Suddenly, King Saran stabs Binta in the chest with his sword, killing her instantly. Amari runs out of the room and throws up. Then, she steals into Kaea’s room, where... (full context)
Chapter Six
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...only Inan can catch the fugitive. He reveals the fugitive’s identity: it is his sister, Amari. (full context)
Chapter Seven
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...Nailah and begins to reprimand Zélie for putting them in danger. Zélie is angry, until Amari reveals the scroll and claims to be able to bring magic back. But Zélie believes... (full context)
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...back to Baba and go into hiding. They decide to take the scroll—and with it, Amari, because they worry that otherwise she’ll simply lead the guards to them. (full context)
Chapter Eight
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Inan is shocked that Amari is the fugitive who took the scroll. King Saran says that in the past, his... (full context)
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Saran says that Inan must go with Admiral Kaea, his second in command, to find Amari. Because Zélie passed through the control gate on her way into the city, they know... (full context)
Chapter Nine
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Zélie, Tzain, and Amari arrive at Mama Agba’s home in Illorin. They find Baba asleep there. Tzain scoops up... (full context)
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...gods have been with them all along. In the light, they see a vision of Amari, Zélie, and Tzain climbing a mountain with Nailah. Mama Agba says that Amari and Zélie... (full context)
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...the worst. When she thinks her brother and father have perished, she tries to drag Amari into the flames so that King Saran, too, will suffer loss. (full context)
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...in a small boat, safe. Just then, the floating village breaks apart, and Zélie and Amari plunge into the water. For a moment, Zélie considers letting herself sink. But she knows... (full context)
Chapter Twelve
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Exhausted and scared, Zélie, Amari, and Tzain make camp for the night. In the dark, Zélie tentatively reaches out to... (full context)
Chapter Thirteen
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Zélie is angry to see that Tzain gave Amari his cloak to use as a blanket. The trio decides to head to Sokoto, a... (full context)
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As Amari is changing, Tzain and Zélie catch a glimpse of a huge, ragged scar running down... (full context)
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When they arrive at the lakeside town of Sokoto, Amari and Zélie split off to trade the dress. As they walk, Amari asks if Zélie’s... (full context)
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Zélie asks Amari about her scar. Amari reveals that Saran forced her and Inan to fight with real... (full context)
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Zélie and Amari enter the tent of an elderly kosidán to trade the dress. They can get a... (full context)
Chapter Fourteen
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Inan and Kaea ride on in pursuit of Amari and the scroll. Inan battles the magic he feels within himself with every fiber of... (full context)
Chapter Fifteen
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As Amari, Tzain, and Zélie clamber up a mountainside, Amari reminisces about Binta. With a pang, she... (full context)
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Leaving Nailah outside, the Zélie, Amari, and Tzain enter a metal temple that is still standing. In the dark passageway, their... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen
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Inan and Kaea search the tent of a merchant, and find Amari’s headdress. Inan’s heart is in his throat as he remembers the day he cut Amari’s... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen
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Amari, Tzain, and Zélie awake to find themselves tied together in a cave. Their weapons and... (full context)
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...Zélie begins to talk about the vision she saw outside—of Chândomblé full of other people. Amari realizes with horror that her father, Saran, destroyed this place, filling her with shame. Moved... (full context)
Chapter Eighteen
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Zélie, Amari, and Tzain follow the man down a dark passageway. Zélie knows he is a sêntaro,... (full context)
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Lekan leads Zélie, Amari, and Tzain to a vast central chamber decorated with beautiful murals of the gods. As... (full context)
Chapter Nineteen
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Inan has a vivid memory of Saran telling him to fight Amari. Amari refused to raise her sword, which Saran took as a sign of weakness. Saran ... (full context)
Chapter Twenty
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...Zélie is overwhelmed by the magic she can now sense thrumming all around. Zélie, Tzain, Amari and Nailah creep across a rickety bridge as Lekan holds off Inan and the guards... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-One
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...approaches, and Inan convinces her that they should rebuild the bridge and pursue Zélie and Amari. Privately, Inan thinks that he will explore the temple to try to amplify his magic... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Two
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Amari, Tzain, and Zélie have been traversing the desert for days now. As they walk, Amari... (full context)
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...are gone, but many still make their way across the desert to Ibeji. Zélie and Amari split off, looking for food. They are shocked to see the streets full of laborers,... (full context)
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Zélie and Amari start to fill their canteens at a fountain, but a guard slashes his sword down... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Three
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Tzain, Amari, and Zélie go to the arena that evening. Zélie can feel many deceased spirits around... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Five
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Zélie, Amari, and Tzain sneak into the backstage area of the arena. Zélie imagines bringing back a... (full context)
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Outside town, Amari and Tzain argue that Zélie’s plan will never work. But she has a secret weapon—she... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Six
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...that the new bridge is complete and that she will take a team to track Amari. Inan, she says, is a liability. She must force him to return to the King,... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Seven
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Amari, Tzain, and Zélie board their boat. Secretly, Amari prays they won’t have to compete. The... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Eight
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Everyone on the boat gets in position. Tzain tells Amari that she doesn’t have to fight. She’s tempted, but, thinking of Binta, Amari swallows her... (full context)
Chapter Thirty
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Amari is frozen in the chaos. Even though her father trained her to fight, she feels... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-One
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Zélie’s magic is beginning to dwindle, but she knows she must save Amari and Tzain. Knowing she is disobeying her mother’s wishes, she decides to use blood magic... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Two
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...leaps overboard and drags her to the surface. As the other ship’s crew boards theirs, Amari thinks again of her father’s training. All she wants is for this fighting to end. (full context)
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...other ship comes running forward, preparing to attack Zélie. Before she realizes what she’s doing, Amari stabs the captain. Everything goes silent, and then the announcer says that they have won. (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Three
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...died in the competition, many of whom perished at Zélie and Tzain’s own hands. In Amari, who killed the other captain to save her, Zélie sees a warrior for the first... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Four
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...hailed as heroes in the city. Zélie is called “The Immortal,” Tzain “The Commander,” and Amari “The Lionaire.” Amari feels like an imposter. She is disturbed by the fact that she... (full context)
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Amari also feels heartened that they are closer to bringing back magic and to avenging Binta.... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Six
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Zélie, Tzain, and Amari travel through the lush Gombe River Valley. They come upon a river and take a... (full context)
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Amari pushes past Zélie and approaches Inan. She says that they won’t hurt each other, and... (full context)
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Inan pushes Amari aside and lunges for Zélie. He says that killing her will kill the magic within... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Seven
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Amari and Tzain watch helplessly while their siblings fight. As they follow Inan and Zélie through... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Eight
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Zélie hears Amari’s screams, and she and Inan freeze midway through their fight. Realizing Tzain has been taken... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Nine
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...more death in his father’s name. Instead he, slashes off Zélie’s restraints. Realizing Tzain and Amari are gone, they both feel shattered and collapse on the ground. (full context)
Chapter Forty-Two
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Amari awakens to find she is blindfolded and tied to a tree. A divîner boy rips... (full context)
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...friends behind. She orders them to bring Tzain to get cleaned and bandaged, but says Amari will stay right where she is. (full context)
Chapter Forty-Six
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Amari and Tzain are still tied up in a tent. There are only a few days... (full context)
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...the horror of watching her family cut down by Kaea after the scroll resurfaced. Because Amari is a noble, Zu distrusts her. Zu calls Kwame back into the tent to start... (full context)
Chapter Forty-Nine
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As Kwame throws questions at Amari, he punches and stabs Tzain. Amari cries, thinking of Binta and others who have suffered... (full context)
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...to tell them the encampment is under attack. After Kwame runs out of the tent, Amari breaks her restraints, thinking she should have fought harder when she was in the palace. (full context)
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The girl rushes back in, and Amari wrestles her to the ground. She is about to strike her with the bone dagger,... (full context)
Chapter Fifty-One
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Questions tumble out of Zélie, but then Amari stumbles in with Tzain holding onto her for support. As she heals him, Zu begins... (full context)
Chapter Fifty-Two
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Outside the tent, Inan gives Amari her headdress, which he’s been carrying with him since Sokoto. They talk about his new... (full context)
Chapter Fifty-Six
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Zélie is devastated, but when she returns to the camp that evening, Amari brightly dresses her up for the celebration. With her sadness has returned a deep apprehension... (full context)
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Amari also gives Zélie a word of caution. She says she can see that Inan is... (full context)
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Amari asks again why Zélie doesn’t want to share the scroll. All Zélie can picture is... (full context)
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Amari pulls Zélie outside, where the festival is in full swing. It takes Zélie’s breath away.... (full context)
Chapter Fifty-Seven
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Tzain seeks Amari out in the busy festival. They tease each other about spending a night together in... (full context)
Chapter Sixty
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Tzain abruptly stops dancing with Amari, as he sees Inan kissing Zélie. When he sees Zélie kissing Inan back, Tzain storms... (full context)
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Amari asks why Tzain can’t forgive Zélie this time, and he explodes. Inan destroyed their home,... (full context)
Chapter Sixty-One
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...only way to truly fight back against the guards and show them they have strength. Amari and Tzain ride over on Nailah, calling to Zélie. But at that moment, someone else’s... (full context)
Chapter Sixty-Two
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Tzain and Amari search in vain for Zélie on the scorched, corpse-strewn field. Inan isn’t there either, and... (full context)
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Watching Tzain mourn Zélie, Amari is wracked with shame. She wonders how many families her father, King Saran, has destroyed... (full context)
Chapter Sixty-Five
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Tzain and Amari slip through the town of Gombe, where the guard fortress is located. Tzain knocks on... (full context)
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...but guarded. They are happy to see him and there is an air of celebration. Amari interrupts the greetings to say that they need help. The group grows serious as Tzain... (full context)
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Amari pulls out the scroll and says that with magic, they can break in. Frightened by... (full context)
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Amari holds up the scroll and says that seizing magic is the only way for the... (full context)
Chapter Sixty-Six
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...crystal—one of the ones that appeared in Kaea’s hair after she died. He says that Amari must also be killed for her role in Kaea’s death. (full context)
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Saran gives Inan an unexpected and unwanted hug, and Inan remembers when he hurt Amari as a child. His father told him being able to hurt her would make him... (full context)
Chapter Sixty-Eight
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The fortress is heavily patrolled by guards. Amari, Tzain, and Tzain’s friends from the bar dash towards the walls. After touching the scroll,... (full context)
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The group has breached the armory. When a guard enters, Amari presses a blade to his neck and gets him to say where Zélie’s cell is.... (full context)
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...maji in the group fight their way through the guards who remain in the hall. Amari surges forward, thinking of how close Zélie is. (full context)
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Suddenly, Saran appears, flanked with guards. He is enraged when he sees Amari. But for the first time, she feels strength and bravery. She feels unafraid to use... (full context)
Chapter Sixty-Nine
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Inan is stopped short by the sight of Amari, wielding a sword with confidence. The Amari he knows would never fight. Inan hands Zélie... (full context)
Chapter Seventy-One
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...means she won’t be able to perform the ceremony. She wants desperately to conceal this. Amari enters too, and she and Tzain reveal that the solstice is the very next day.... (full context)
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Tzain says they have to find Baba and escape Orïsha. Amari agrees, saying they will regroup and find another way to fight. But one of the... (full context)
Chapter Seventy-Three
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Suddenly, a fleet of warships appear on the horizon. Zélie squeezes Amari’s hand in fear. Under Roën’s advice, Zélie says they should try to take the nearest... (full context)
Chapter Seventy-Five
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...healing her wounds. Zélie realizes he’s right: she doesn’t want to be alone. She enters Amari’s room, and Amari greets her with a smile. (full context)
Chapter Seventy-Six
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Amari combs Zélie’s tangled hair. They talk about their respective mothers, memories of having their hair... (full context)
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Zélie admits that she used to think Amari was weak, because she was so obviously afraid of her father, King Saran. But now,... (full context)
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Zélie’s tears make Amari choke up, too, just thinking about all the pain her family has caused. She apologizes... (full context)
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Amari says she has seen a change in herself. Where before she cowered at the thought... (full context)
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...worries that no one will be able to do the ritual now. Her words make Amari’s stomach sink. Amari feels a wave of fear, and briefly thinks they should turn back,... (full context)
Chapter Seventy-Eight
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...indication that the gods are on their side, rooting for them. She also thinks about Amari seeking her out in the market in Lagos—another sign. (full context)
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...has an indentation for the sunstone. Zélie prays to the gods to return her magic. Amari hands her the artifacts and she prepares to attempt the ceremony. At that moment, Saran... (full context)
Chapter Eighty-Two
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Amari slashes through guards alongside Tzain. The stain of bloodshed is difficult to bear, but necessary.... (full context)
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Amari sees Inan crumble, pierced by Saran’s sword. Amari runs towards her father. The king says... (full context)
Chapter Eighty-Three
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Amari thinks about all the fighting Saran forced her and Inan to do as children, pitting... (full context)
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Amari says that Saran raised her to fight monsters, but only now is she realizing that... (full context)
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Amari realizes Saran does not care about spilling his own children’s blood. This is his choice.... (full context)
Epilogue
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Zélie open her eyes and realizes that she’s at sea with Amari, Tzain, and Roën. She asks if they were successful in bringing magic back. Everyone is... (full context)