Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Publication Date: 8th March 2018
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads)
“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.”
My Thoughts & Review
I’d been waiting SO long to get this book from my library. It came and then disappeared as someone else decided they were going to take my reserve copy. But the nice librarians managed to get me another copy pretty fast. At first I was a little worried that I wouldn’t like this book especially after all the hype and because from past reads I have that hyped books have been pretty disappointing reads for me. But not this one, this one was definitely worth the long wait and the hype.
The book has great writing and pacing and world building. It had me hooked from start to finish. I loved how the story is told through alternating perspectives of the different characters.
I also loved the complexity of the characters. I liked how we follow them through their journey to bring back the magic and save their world. My favourite character of them all was Zelie. I liked how we see her grow in strength and determination to protect her brother and friends. Watching the friendship between Zelie and Amari grow was another thing that I enjoyed following in the book, especially as it’s not something you expect at the beginning and especially because they are so different.
The cliff-hanger ending has made me want to read the next book so much more. I cannot wait!!!
Ok, so one thing that did put me off was the romance scenes. Why is it that writers always need characters to get paired up with someone? Why can’t they just leave the romance part out. I know many people love that in books but personally I think it would be nice to occasionally read a book were there is no romance involved. But hey, this was just a small thing that I personally picked up on.
This was a great read and I think Tomi Adeyemi is my new favourite fantasy author so far. I highly recommend this one especially if your looking for an exciting and compelling read.
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Happy Reading Everyone!!!