Hello! Welcome back to my blog. Today we talk about the bestselling book Children of Blood and Bone.
Synopsis: They killed my mother. They took our magic. They tried to bury us. Now we rise. Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orisha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the nigh magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her village 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 Orisha, 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 her enemy.
I gave this book a rating of 4 /5 stars!
With Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi’s talent yielded a magnificent world, portraying a magical era and yet, simultaneously having a story line that one can relate to in current times. The entire story portrays dynamics of power and tyranny, discrimination and segregation, rebellion, search for freedom and equality, journey to self-identity, bravery and so much more. I enjoyed myself throughout this read, cheering my preferred characters as they grew into their identities and screaming at the characters I wish never existed.
I do have to say that I wish Zélie did not have to have a love interest in this book, especially one that proves to be highly confused. Nevertheless, I do understand the need of the love interest to the development of the plot and if my instincts are right, a love triangle will follow soon. Sigh. However, in a redeeming move for the book, I was happy to see the bonds of sisterhood portrayed in this story. Girls pitted against other girls is a common and tiring narrative and so I am happy that Zélie and the rogue princes, Amari, formed a bond that helped them both achieve their highest potential.
Another big thumbs up for me was seeing Africa and its culture embraced throughout this book. From the characters’ names to the descriptions of the land, the motherland was fully represented. I tire of having to read books with stories supposedly based in Africa yet highly westernized. One of the aspects that made me proud was the portrayal of the maji who practiced magic having thick, curly hair. This was their pride that was taken away from them, a trait they were made to feel ashamed of. The journey to the restoration of their birthright was an important one to be seen through.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good fantasy read!
While some characters may be annoying (they are teens after all), the plot holds up and ends well with a frustrating cliffhanger! I am just grateful that the second installment of the trilogy, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, is already out and so I can put myself out of this suspense. Rights for the adaptation of Children of Blood and Bone have already been secured and quite honestly, I am genuinely excited to see this. This is one of those books with such vivid use of imagery in its narration and if done right, it will be phenomenal. I cannot wait to see my favorite character, Princess Amari, live in action.
I hope you get yourself a copy and enjoy the read!
Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian American writer and creative-writing coach based in San Diego, California. After graduating from Harvard University with an honors degree in English Literature, she studied West African mythology, culture and religion in Salvador, Brazil.