Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

“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” – Jordan Ifueko

Rating: ★★★★★

Literally so stunning!!!!!

This book was perfect in so many different ways it’s hard to put into words. This story follows a girl named Tarisai who has never really had a family before. Her mother, known as The Lady, raises her pretty much in isolation for the purpose of killing the crown prince when she gets older. When Tarisai comes of age, her mother sends her to the capital in order to gain the crown prince’s trust and join his sacred council of 11, who are sworn to protect the prince for all of their lives. The story takes off from there as Tarisai has to decide where her loyalties lie. 

The world was so interesting and vivid I could not get enough of it. Like this was actually some of the best world building that I have read in a really long time. For a debut author, let’s just say I was thoroughly impressed. I also really enjoyed how the mythology and history of this world was developed through songs. I thought this was a new way of building up the world and I adored it.

Going along with that, the magic system was SO unique. Basically, the king and prince are protected because they have this thing called “The Ray”, which is this bond that they make with their council members. With this Ray, the council is able to talk in each other’s minds and become so incredibly close. The catch is that, for the ray to work, the council must truly love the prince. I don’t know the other magical elements were just so amazing as well.

My next favorite thing was the lovable characters. Our main cast of 4, Tarisai, Dayo, Kirah, and Sanjeet, all had their own unique voices and they balanced each other very well. Also, because of the nature of the ray, they all really loved each other like a family and it just warmed my heart. I cannot wait to see what is in store for them in the coming books. 

There’s also ACE rep in this book and it was so wonderful to see!

Overall, I feel like I could gush about this book for hours but I will try to keep this short and sweet. Just please read this wonderful story. It really stands out as a YA fantasy and I cannot wait to read more from this author! (((: