Title: Children of Blood and Bone
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Published: March 6th 2018
Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction
They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were 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 an enemy.
Children of Blood and Bone was not what I expected, but I was not disappointed. Tomi Adeyemi’s debut novel is an action-packed, magic-filled and fast-paced piece of art.
While the pacing of the novel aided in keeping the characters and readers on their toes, unfortunately it allowed for some relationships to fall short. Everybody loves a good enemies to friends to lovers or enemies to lovers trope when it’s done correctly, unfortunately when it’s rushed it comes off a little . . . meh.
The magic system was really interesting and it was really entertaining to watch each character interact with the magic around them, but the magic system was a bit undefined and . . . convenient. Zélie would struggle with a certain incantation or something at one moment and pull it off perfectly in a time of need (which is usually in the next scene and without much practice.)
For any faults the novel may have, Tomi Adeyemi really makes up for it in the actions scenes, the story telling, family dynamics and the setting. It was also really interesting to read a story centred around colourism within the black community, which is not a topic often brought up when people talk or think about discrimination to the black community.
I really recommend Children of Blood and Bone.
That’s All I Got, Danielle.