Children of Blood and Bone
Publisher Macmillan Australia
Pub Date 13/03/2018
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars!
Tomi Adeyemi builds a magical and fantastic world filled with intriguing characters and storylines. Children of Blood and Bone was an amazingly diverse read filled with a variety of take home messages. It was fresh and new and made me want to keep reading it forever!
After seeing the hype and marketing for this book online, I thought why not purchase it and see if it’s any good. Surely a book with this much marketing has to live up to its reputation. And thankfully, it did. I loved the book, and really enjoyed the way it was written.
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. Tomi gives us insight into three different characters, Zelie, Amari and Inan. I really enjoyed the differing views of these characters and you could imagine them as separate voices. Their POVs weaved together well and told a smooth and developing storyline.
It took me a little longer than expected to get into the story, but once I did, I was hooked. The world was magical and so fun to read. Not only did we have the basic elemental magic of many fantasy based stories but we also have many others, such as magic over minds and death. I loved the Tomi did not shy away from violence and racism. It’s not well represented in YA books these days and she did a wonderful job in accurately representing the characters pain and suffering. This story speaks of magic, suffering, racism, determination, self-worth and doubt and rebellion. All of these topics were so well woven it was a wonderful and enlightening YA fantasy.
The only issues I had with the book were two things: 1. the romance was fairly obvious in its development and (slightly) cliche (but I LOVED it), and 2. I wish we got a POV from Tzain, as he was another character I found very interesting.
The storyline had twists and turns and at times I was gasping and horrified. Betrayal and friendship are big parts of this book and after the ending of this book I cannot wait to read the next in the series.
Overall a fantastic, epic and magical YA fantasy that doesn’t shy away from pain, suffering and betrayal. If you love magic, diverse fantasy, rebellion and strong female characters this book is definitely for you! I highly recommend it.