Title: Children of Blood and Bone
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.
Children of Blood and Bone was one of my most anticipated books for 2018. In fact, it was in my top 4 for the year and I was not disappointed at all. It met, and by far, exceeded all of my expectations. I knew that it would be good, especially since a movie adaption is in the works and that was before the book had even been released.
This book was absolutely everything that I wanted it to be and more. I was quite careful to avoid reviews of this book prior to its release as I didn’t want my own opinion to be affected. All I knew was that a lot of people were talking about this book and that I really wanted to read it.
The plot of this book is fast paced and once it’s captured your attention, it doesn’t let you go until the very last line. I felt that the pacing of it was comfortable and that the story was able to move easily along. The writing was just wonderful. The story line of this book heavily features magical elements which I absolutely loved. We get to travel to quite a few places in the world of Children of Blood and Bone which is quite interesting as we get to see how different cities operate. One of the cities that we see reminded me a little of the on the water village in the Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. I found the settings to be described really well and that I was able to imagine them vividly.
There are a few scenes that I found quite sad to read about with one particular scene making me angry. I honestly wished I could just step into the book and shake one of the characters…well, do a bit more than just shake the character!
It’s hard to talk about this book when I don’t want to give anything away in case some people haven’t read it yet! As a small note, I don’t want to comment much on something that I have not experienced myself, but I feel that it’s important to highlight that echoes of struggles and oppression that many have faced previously in history particularly are weaved throughout this book.
Children of Blood and Bone was full of great characters that had a past that haunted them. I’ve put haunted like it’s a bad thing, but what I mean is that each character had a past that was a prominent part in making them the characters that they were. The book was told from 3 different perspectives; Zelie, Amari and Inan. Although we had these three different perspectives, I felt that Zelie was our main character seeing as we started off with her. Zelie was the perfect character to follow. I felt so much sympathy for her character and her brother, Tzain, and what they had witnessed and been through when they were younger. I felt that their childhood had made them much stronger and had given Zelie more motivation on her quest. Amari is a character who really grows throughout this book and finds her strength. After witnessing a tragedy at the hands of her Father, this really spurs on her desire for vengeance. Inan is a character who I felt was very confused and struggled in a battle with himself. He was constantly torn between wanting to impress his father and going against him.
The ending of this book was a huge cliffhanger. I went to sleep thinking of what will happen in the next book. I have my own theories, which I’d be happy to discuss with anyone who has read this but as this book only came out last month, I don’t want to mention any spoilers!
Children of Blood and Bone is definitely one to add to your TBR list and to get through quickly. I could not recommend it more highly or enough. It was a fantastic book that was the perfect beginning to this series. I cannot wait to read the second book.
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