Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko review

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko quickly cemented itself as a new favourite. It was one of the best fantasy books I’ve ever read and I adored every single aspect. It was truly phenomenal, the peak of YA fantasy, and I cannot recommend it enough. This one is out today, so don’t forget to add it on Goodreads and buy a copy from your local indie, Amazon or Waterstones!

The worldbuilding in Raybearer was so immersive and magnificent. It is so interesting, with so many extraordinary aspects. The world was interspersed with remarkable and unique magic, creative mythology and distinct culture. There was so much depth in the world of Raybearer that I know there is so much more to explore and I want to know every aspect of the history, culture and myths of this incredible and intriguing world.

“Maybe,” I ventured, “It’s all right to be angry.”

The storyline was phenomenal, full of so many unexpected plot twists that I was so impressed by. The plot was fast paced with surprises and excitement on every page, as well as being filled with themes of hope and rebellion and held up by storylines of strong friendship, finding yourself and most significantly making your own destiny despite the odds.

Raybearer was thrilling and captivating, the story getting better and better as the book went on, and I adored every minute of it. 

"But our greatest good is the one we can't contain: compassion, loyalty, softness, fierceness. The ability to win hearts, or recognize beauty, or weather a storm... Our gift could be anything, really. And when we use our greatest good for something beyond ourselves, that's our best desire. Our purpose." 

I love our main character, Tarisai, she is so interesting. Tarisai is brave and determined but also vulnerable, She’s incredibly strong given the trauma of her childhood and I loved seeing her find friendship, love and belonging throughout the course of the book. She’s an exceedingly complex character, every one of her actions made so much sense for her personality and made her character even more intricate. Tarisai is so loyal, kind and fiercely protective of those she cares for. Her loneliness and longing for friendship were so relatable and raw and I loved her and felt deeply for her.

“I am Tarisai of Swana and I’ve seen your stories now. They belong to me, as mine belong to you. You don’t have to help me change the world. But you mark my words; when I get going, this world will change. And you can be a part of that... or you can stand back and watch.”

I loved how the plot showed the power of friendship and it’s deep and important bond through the Ray and how this friendship was the central bond of the book. Found family is my favourite trope, and Raybearer took it to the next level.

The prose was gorgeous, lyrical and atmospheric. It was so impressive, especially for a debut! 

Overall, Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko was an exceptional debut. With it’s unique magic, vibrant world building and a complex main character whom I loved, it’s everything I could ask for in a book and any fans of fantasy are sure to adore it.


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