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Redemptor by Jordan Ifueko

danijoy's review against another edition

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4.0

A worthy follow-up to Raybearer! I enjoyed this sequel immensely, and I think it did a nice job of wrapping up this magical tale. I felt like the climax was a bit rushed, but other than that 4/5! ⭐️

kalikoblack's review against another edition

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5.0

It was a wonderful sequel to Raybearer. I read it in under a day. I was captivated, even now I can't stop thinking about it. Such a unique and beautiful story. I want to read more from this author!! Such talent!

rosemwood's review against another edition

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5.0

I love this duology! Jordan Ifueko created a fantasy world that I fell in love with! This second book was fast paced with more details about this new world. This book did not focus much on the characters from the first book but developed new characters to fall in love with in this book. This is a great book for a young adult to read.

tobbled's review against another edition

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3.0

(3.5 stars)

I would like to preface this by stating that I did enjoy this book. However, if you sold this as a standalone, without Raybearer attached, I'm not so sure.
I loved Raybearer - loved it. It ran the line between plot and character development in a way so simply beautiful. A line that, for me, Redemptor missed.

The first half of the book? Amazing, beautiful, one of a kind. There were a few throw-away lines here and there but overall, the first half had me hooked. In fact, it introduced me to one of my favourite book quotes ever: "I once promised, that I would never ask you to be less than who you are. But, if you set yourself on fire to warm a frozen world, I will not stand by and watch you burn." Honest to God, Jordan Ifueko is a genius for that one. My reaction to that quote was genuinely just a moment of silence. Upsettingly, the character who said this - Sanjeet - was barely seen in the rest of the book. And this was one of my issues, the book seemed to have so much plot going on that it forgot about its characters. Sanjeet, Kirah, Dayo all seemed to have been thrown on the backburner. This isn't to mean that I didn't enjoy the new characters - I found them all to be quite fun and alluring. But once again, the sheer amount of plot seemed to throw them onto the backburner as well. Except for Zuri, his character arc confused me. And I get it, his whole point was being a misdirect, but I spent all the time reading him either confused - or just straight up disliking him. He was boring, one noted.
Raybearer left us on such an intriguing plotline. And yes, if this book had purely focused on that plotline, it would have been difficult to make interesting. However, the problem lies in the fact that just way too much happens. Don't get me wrong, I thought the whole thing of Tarisai helping the poor and those in poverty was a great concept and idea. And when she first helped the mines, I loved that part. My issue with the book genuinely just might be Zuri. He just felt like the exposition of the book. Like Tarisai was missing crucial information and, oh shit! Here's Zuri to tell her.
I considered giving this book 4 stars due to my pure, unfiltered love for the first half, but the second half was just claustrophobic to me and felt very 'wrapping things up'-esque. Which, ironically, left me wanting more.

I'm going to make one final complaint about the book and this one is nothing to do with Ifueko's writing. Ai Ling. I spenta decent 3/4 of the book thinking she was going to be a twist villian. This was my fault, simply because I didn't (and still don't) remember her from the first book so why the hell was she so prevelent? Still don't get it. Anyway this was a personal thing.

Raybearer is a brilliant duology that I adore with all my heart. I would recommend it to anyone. Just, personally, redemptor seemed to fall short for me.

abiofpellinor's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

jjvaldezbooks's review against another edition

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dark hopeful inspiring tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

pacing is a little weird and some of the themes are wielded more like clubs than daggers but otherwise basically a perfect story. invaded my brain and captured my heart in a way that I forgot was possible. 
the pinnacle of worldbuilding and Queen of a large cast story. I would read a version that was double this length with no complaints

meswauncyc's review against another edition

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adventurous tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

callieju's review against another edition

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5.0

Jordan Ifeuko does it again. Once again i’m stunned by her fantastic writing, she masterfully creators a world that immerses the reader completely. The plot was woven so well and her creativity is mind blowing.

Redemptor was a fantastic conclusion! The messages about corruption can actively be applied to the world we currently live in. The way emotions were written was so amazing, i cannot comprend how someone can be this talented at writing.

ALL HAIL JORDAN IFEUKO!!! and if you haven’t read this duology what are you even doing?

parallel_parker's review against another edition

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hopeful inspiring tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

Wish we had gotten more of Tarisai’s new court, but still a sequel that measures up to the original

thecozyarchivist's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

A great way to wrap up this duology.