TITLE: Children of Blood and Bone
AUTHOR: Tomi Adeyemi
PUBLICATION DATE: March 6th, 2018
GENRE: Fantasy, young adult
TRIGGER WARNINGS: Graphic death, death of children
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.
I put off reading this for months because I was afraid it was going to be too over-hyped. Man was I wrong. I loved it SO much. The diversity was beautiful. (I’ve read so many gorgeously diverse books lately and it’s made my heart swell so much.) For a world who had their connection with magic broken, it was still such a magical place. I adored learning about their gods and goddesses. I loved learning about their animals. Their heritage. Everything about it was beautiful, and a little bitter too.
Y’all probably know by now that if I am going to love a book, it has to have at least one strong female character in it. Children of Blood and Bone had many many more than one.
There’s Zélie, the main character. Her mother was killed right in from of her when she was young and she still was able to grow into such a strong and determined young woman.
There’s Amari, the princess who grew up being told lie after lie about magic, but who refused to fall prey to them.
There’s Mama Agba who has taken in these Maji children and taught them their heritage, and how to fight.
Kaea, the commander of the king’s army, as well as the king’s mistress. She is far from a good character, but she is still an incredibly strong woman.
Zu, who only at the age of 13 created a home for so many Maji who had nowhere else to go.
And then there’s Zélie’s mom, who we only know by Mama. We only get flashbacks of her, but it’s very apparent that she was a force to be reckoned with. I just really really love strong female characters and this book does not lack any.
I also ended up loving the guys too. Tzain, Zélie’s older brother who has tried his best to keep Zélie safe. Inan, who despite his upbringing loves his sister more than anything.
I really adored the relationships that grew throughout the book as well. Not the just the romance ones (which I did really love), but also the platonic ones. Amari and Zélie went from enemies to basically sisters and it warmed my heart so much.
The only real thing that bothered me is that there are no queer characters. I feel like that is completely unacceptable in the age we live in. I am hoping that we will be introduced to one, or more, in the sequel, Children of Virtue and Vengeance.
I must say, this book took me by surprise and I loved it SO much. I recommend Children of Blood and Bone to all lovers of YA fantasy!
Special shout out to Susan for lending me her copy of Children of Blood and Bone!! Go check out her awesome blog!!
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