Children of Blood and Bone Review
Title: Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha, #1)
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Henry Holt
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.
I just, this book- It was- Ahhhh!!!! I loved this book. It was phenomenal, gripping, alluring, fantastic, magical, imaginative, extraordinary, marvelous! It was just one of those book that hooked you and would not let you go.
The world and characters Adeyemi created was so enchanting. I was addicted to the story and can’t wait to see how the story continues! This book is great for anyone who loves magic and fantasy.
I picked this book up on a whim because the author was doing an event at my store. I had never heard of the book before or the author and actually thought it was a middle reader (it’s not- by the way). I had no expectations or preconceived ideas about the book. And I was blown away! To say the least.
The book was exceptional. The character arcs of all the main characters was what you want in a book. They all grew, learned, and were able to over come obstacles and hate together. They were all just amazing.
I loved how the POV skipped between Zélie, Amari, and Inan. It gave the reader a full understanding of how the characters understand the world around them and what magic means to each.
This book was never boring- it was fast paced, full of action and adventure, and an intense plot line. The reader is able to see how the world of Orisha is very similar to our own world. There are people who are stereotyped, repressed, and saw as nothing more than the ‘Maggots’ they are called. Then there are the people that control the world and everything that happens in it. They undermine and enslave those they deem less. It’s interesting to see the parallels and it makes you stop and think.
I think that is what I loved about this book the most. It was not shoving the similarities at you- the reader contacted the dots themselves. Children of Blood and Bone was so smartly written! I’m literally at a lose of words. I have no idea how to express how well this story was told and how amazing the world that was built was.
I’ve been hearing people compare Children of Blood and Bone to the Harry Potter series and/or the Hunger Games series. To that, I say “What?” I saw no comparisons between those two series other than magic and an evil government. To me, Children of Blood and Bone was more reminiscent of the Avatar the Last Air Bender TV series. It was about a group of friends that set out together to try and save the world they know needs to be saved. It was full of camaraderie, love, friendship, and trials.
I can’t express how much I loved this book and the message it sent the reader. Also, I listened to most of this book on libro.fm and the narrator was incredible! She really is what hooked me in at first. I could not get over how well she managed to capture the personalities and the emotion that just popped out of the book. If you ever get a chance to listen to the audio, please do!
Everything about this book- from the story line, to the characters, to the emotion was worth every minute I spent with it. Thank you to the amazing Tomi Adeyemi for writing such an excellent book! I tip my hat to you!