By Tomi Adeyemi
Pages: 525 // Published: March 6, 2018 // Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★
Summary as provided by Publisher
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut Children of Blood and Bone.
They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.
Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled – Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.
Zélie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic – and her growing feelings for an enemy.
They don’t hate you, my child. They hate what you were meant to become
Hey you! Yeah you! Read this now. I’ll just hover and wait, go ahead.
But in all seriousness, I thought this book was sooooo enjoyable on so many levels. I really encourage you to pick up this book and be ready to enter the alluringly dark magical world of Orisha.
The characters were hauntingly brought to life by Ms. Tomi. She built this incredible emotional connection, the type that we all crave when reading a story. I was not only invested in the main character, Zelie, but I equally enjoyed the perspective of the Princess Amari. She was such a bright star in the book and was some one you were proud to see their journey.
Ms.Tomi drew me into this West-African influenced magical land of wonderful legends of Gods and the almighty Sky mother. If anything, I wanted to hear more about the of gods and even more about the history before the raid, before magic disappeared. I absolutely loved her ability to describe scenery and characters. I would take moments (sometimes as I’m washing my hair) and picture what their white lock and silver eyes and their beautiful kaftans looked like.
I do agree with some of the other reviews I’ve read on goodreads, that there were times where the book lagged in between big events. It did feel a tiny bit too long, but the ending was so enjoyable, that it more than makes up for it. I also found the changing perspectives (although were enjoyable) sometimes added confusion. At times, I would get confused some times who was talking so I would have to back track. But hey – I’m looking after my now 8 month old and sometimes mom brain takes over.
If you are into fantasy, this is definitely a requirement for your collection. It’s not the typical fluff and there is a deeper meaning and obvious political statement behind the fantasy. You grow to care about the characters and feel their loss alongside them. I hope you enjoy this journey as much as I did. Please read the authors note as it was just so important. Especially with the recent release of Black Panther, the timing of this novel couldn’t be more perfect.
There’s also going to be an upcoming feature! How exciting! ….Just hope they don’t ruin it…….
The movie of Children of Blood and Bone is in development at Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions with the incredible Karen Rosenfelt and Wyck Godfrey (Twilight, Maze Runner, The Fault In Our Stars) producing it.