Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone

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...

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Title:Children of Blood and Bone
Author:Tomi Adeyemi
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Children of Blood and Bone Reviews

  • Tomi Adeyemi

    You'll like this book. I'm biased, but I need to meet my goodreads challenge so I'm marking this as read.

  • Emma Giordano

    5 STARS! This is genuinely the greatest debut fantasy novel, greatest fantasy novel in general that I have read in a very long time. Initially, I was TERRIFIED to read

    . The combination of it’s size and an epic high fantasy novel was very daunting to me, but I am so happy I picked it up. I cannot possibly recommend it enough.

    The writing was fantastic. Despite being such a large novel, the pacing was well-done, where I felt I was flying through the novel much quicker tha

    5 STARS! This is genuinely the greatest debut fantasy novel, greatest fantasy novel in general that I have read in a very long time. Initially, I was TERRIFIED to read

    . The combination of it’s size and an epic high fantasy novel was very daunting to me, but I am so happy I picked it up. I cannot possibly recommend it enough.

    The writing was fantastic. Despite being such a large novel, the pacing was well-done, where I felt I was flying through the novel much quicker than many other long fantasy novels. Adeyemi has a beautiful prose that compliments such a vibrant world and mystical magic system. All elements of Orisha were flawlessly executed – the history, the divide among maji/diviners vs. nobles, the different types of magic, ALL OF IT. I’m totally infatuated with this world and cannot wait to see it expand in following novels.

    I really loved the characters in this story. Zelie is such a fierce warrior. I loved watching her strength grow, but also still preserving some of her innocence and vulnerability. I feel that she is such a wonderful protagonist that so many will fall in love with. Amari is another character I LOVE. Her character transformation was really well done. It was so nice to see a girl start out meek and afraid but slowly grow into herself and become more comfortable in a group of people totally different from her. I also find the friendship that develops between Zelie and Amari to be so sweet. They are so different and would not get along at an eye's glance, but I enjoyed watching them grow to support each other. Inan is a character I also loved, but I did have some issues with. I loved him as the vengeful prince out to prevent Zelie and Amari from bringing magic back. he was a GREAT villain to follow from the beginning with a ton of layers, and it was especially cool to follow the antagonist's perspective for once in YA. But as the story progresses and the characters go through new things, I found his characterization to be a bit off-putting. Inan is a very intense character to begin with and his changes are equally drastic. To keep it spoiler-free, there were some times where I felt his feelings and reactions just didn't make sense and flipped around a lot. I do still love him as much as the others, and I am definitely anticipating seeing more from this epic cast in the future.

    There is so much action in this story. There are endless chase scenes, epic battles using swords, staffs, bows, and different kinds of magic. There are unexpected twists and turns and just so much intensity. The plot is wonderfully constructed with so much to enjoy.

    will totally keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time while reading - but you won't be able to *completely* predict what's coming next.

    I'm completely obsessed with

    . My favorite new-to-me start to a fantasy saga. Surely, one of my favorites of the year. This book has gotten so much hype even before it's publication, and it is totally deserving of every ounce of it.

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Gah! I was just talking about how I hoped I get my poster for the book and it came and it's freaking awesome! ♥

    I loved this book so much! ❤

    This book is everything and I have a new favorite author =)

    Gah! I was just talking about how I hoped I get my poster for the book and it came and it's freaking awesome! ♥

    I loved this book so much! ❤️

    This book is everything and I have a new favorite author =)

    I love Zelie so much and I also love Amari and Zelie's brother Tzain and Nailah < -- I'm not telling you what she is =) I eventually fell in love with Inan too. And there are a lot of minor characters that were awesome!

    I love this whole story line. I love that Zelie and Amari are two very tough women who should be enemies but become friends. I love, love, love everything!

    Amari and Inan's father is the evil king. He killed magic so to speak a long time ago. I hate him so much and I'm so glad that Amari came to see his evilness first hand. He wants to keep the Diviner's down and treats them unfairly. This is what Zelie and her family are and some are a little bit more.

    The little group of Zelie, Amari, Tzain and Nailah set out to try to bring magic back. And you can imagine all kinds of things happen during their journey.

    I had so many feels during this book and I think everyone that loves fantasy should give it a try because it's like nothing I have read and it's awesome! *Sings praises*

    This is just the beginning, lovelies =)

    I can't wait for the next book!

    Happy Reading!

    Mel ♥

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  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)

    4.5*

    I'm definitely going to have to reread this, but the audiobook was an awesome introduction to this story!

  • Emily May

    4 1/2 stars. Wow, I have had quite a week. I started

    last Thursday as I was going into labour (because, why not?). Normally, I would devour a book like this in a day or two, but those of you with kids will know that's just not going to happen with a newborn.

    Instead, this book rode with me through the hospital stay, sleepless nights, and postpartum weepies. It kept my eyes open on those long, long nights.

    4 1/2 stars. Wow, I have had quite a week. I started

    last Thursday as I was going into labour (because, why not?). Normally, I would devour a book like this in a day or two, but those of you with kids will know that's just not going to happen with a newborn.

    Instead, this book rode with me through the hospital stay, sleepless nights, and postpartum weepies. It kept my eyes open on those long, long nights. It picked me up and threw me into another world of action and magic right when I needed it. All I can say is: Thank you, Ms Adeyemi.

    Oh okay, that's not

    I can say. Though hopefully I don't sound too delirious.

    is a West-African inspired fantasy set in the fictional land of Orïsha. It takes all the best bits of YA fantasy - princesses, tormented soldiers, the battle to restore magic vs suppress it - and does something completely new with these familiar elements. At its core, it's an

    to restore magic to the world and complete a ritual before the approaching solstice is over and magic is lost forever.

    Beneath that, though, there are many darker themes.

    . Adeyemi draws many parallels with our own world, forcing the reader to pause and consider systemic racism and injustice in prison systems. And Zélie remembers the genocide executed on King Saran's orders all too well. The "Raid", as it is known, took her mother from her. Now, Zélie is a divîner - a maji without magic, though her abilities lie dormant, waiting for the missing scroll that can return her power.

    The book is told from alternating perspectives. One is Zélie, another is Princess Amari who Zélie reluctantly saves from the King's men, and the third is Amara's brother, Inan, who is sent to chase down and stop his sister and Zélie. With complex characters who naturally change and grow as the story progresses, I was hooked. I cared what happened to all three of them. There was never a boring moment.

    It is always risky to step into a book as hyped as this one, but I, for one, think it very much deserves it. A compelling, exciting plot, a completely non-white cast of characters, AND a thoughtful consideration of race, skin colour, and prejudice... impressive, to say the least. Though that cliffhanger is EVIL. How will we cope until the next book?

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  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    THE HYPE IS REAL!

    I always prefer to decide for myself if the new overhyped YA book is worth it... and I'm happy to say that this new Fantasy book totally was!

    I loved the magic system, the world, the characters and cannot wait for the next book!

    My only complain is with the romance. I hate romance. I hate how everyone needs to be paired up especially in YA and how cheesy it is. I kinda wish this series was adult instead but if you're looking for a book you'll fly through I totally recommend this o

    THE HYPE IS REAL!

    I always prefer to decide for myself if the new overhyped YA book is worth it... and I'm happy to say that this new Fantasy book totally was!

    I loved the magic system, the world, the characters and cannot wait for the next book!

    My only complain is with the romance. I hate romance. I hate how everyone needs to be paired up especially in YA and how cheesy it is. I kinda wish this series was adult instead but if you're looking for a book you'll fly through I totally recommend this one!

    Will impatiently wait for book #2!

  • Roxane

    This was a gripping read. The world building here is phenomenal. The main characters are richly drawn and I was invested in each of their struggles. This book is very action packed. So much is happening! The ending is such a cliffhanger and I want to know what’s next. This is well worth reading and such a strong debut. Tzarin could be more developed. Who is he beyond his sister’s protector? At times the story felt overly dramatic. Zelie and Inan were deep in their feelings all the time and it be

    This was a gripping read. The world building here is phenomenal. The main characters are richly drawn and I was invested in each of their struggles. This book is very action packed. So much is happening! The ending is such a cliffhanger and I want to know what’s next. This is well worth reading and such a strong debut. Tzarin could be more developed. Who is he beyond his sister’s protector? At times the story felt overly dramatic. Zelie and Inan were deep in their feelings all the time and it became frustrating. Like calm down teens. Get ahold of yourselves! Amari is the only one with any sense. They should just listen to her tbh.

  • ❄️Nani❄️

    I have very little to say about this debut so I’ll keep this short and concise.

    Sooo, does the book that made headlines well before it was even published live up to its hype? It truly saddens me to say this but unfortunately, no. It absolutely does not and I’m pretty certain I’m in the minority.

    At its core, this book was supposed to be about Institutional racism and oppression so I (really and truly) loved the the message it was trying to relay but I

    I have very little to say about this debut so I’ll keep this short and concise.

    Sooo, does the book that made headlines well before it was even published live up to its hype? It truly saddens me to say this but unfortunately, no. It absolutely does not and I’m pretty certain I’m in the minority.

    At its core, this book was supposed to be about Institutional racism and oppression so I (really and truly) loved the the message it was trying to relay but I hated the execution. What could have been an epic fantasy was ruined by its poor writing, immature characters, repetitive and cringy passages and incredibly inconsistent pacing.

    In fact, the longer time passes and the more I think about it, the angrier I get.

    I loved the west African setting and the overall point of the story, had it been written in a manner that had depth to it would’ve touched a chord with me. Explorations of social power, the deft portrayal of racial tensions and persecution, the prejudice and structural inequalities that resonate with our own world/time, all of which should have been enough for me to give this all the star rating in the world but I had so many other issues with it that I found too hard to overlook.

    Let’s put aside the overly recycled plot and start with my three biggest problems: the romance, the magic system and the characters.

    - The magic wasn’t as firmly defined as I would’ve liked and there were so many inconsistencies and discrepancies there.

    It was written as if I was expected to know everything as to the machinations without any explanations whatsoever. None. Just throw in some elemental magic BS and voilà. Call it a day.

    - The characters, however... oh, the characters. The gift that kept on giving. On and on and on for over 500 pages. 🤦‍♀️

    Probably the biggest downfall of this novel (and there are many). They’re so painfully bad they’re in the league of their own badness.

    Save for Tzain, Zalie’s brother, I didn’t like any of them, or I did at the start and all went downhill toward the end. So many of their childish and immature actions kept pulling me out of the story and at a certain point it became too hard to enjoy the book for what it was, especially where Zélie was concerned. I mean, how immature and STUPID could a 16/17 year-old be?

    And that sentence she kept repeating:

    I just... how do I even express my rage??

    It wasn’t just that it was the definition of insta-love, it was also… so uncomfortable to read about and I found myself continualy fuming at what I was reading, screaming at the book: how do you not… how does this not….!! (spoilers). Not to mention cringing at every turn.

    Inan, though his POV was my favourite out of the three, his character was aggravating to say the least. His indecisiveness, his murky sense of logic and the way he’d decide on one thing then change his mind literally the next page (over and over and over again) was…..oh so tiring.

    Overall, his state of change was too abrubt to be believable and very, you guessed it, inconsistent.

    Yet another problem I had was Amari’s unnecessary chapters. She spends the vast majority of the book accompanying Zélie, therefore making her chapters so overly repetitive.

    The two narrating characters were restating their motivations and rehashing events that happened just pages before.

    I love multi-perspective fantasy books but a multiple narrators technique only works well when characters are in different places or doing very different things and TELLING US DIFFERENT THINGS.

    And last but not least, the ending. I mean, what was that? Obviously I can’t go into details so as not to spoil anything but I was extremely aggravated at the events leading to the ending.

    It felt like certain things that a certain character did were so irritatingly and utterly dumb and completely out of left field that you could tell from a mile away that it was only there for shock value and no other reason at all.

    I wish there were better and more clever ways to end the book.

    All in all... honestly, I don’t even know. I’m no stranger to failed expectations when it comes to overly hyped books but this particular disappointment... still stings. Hard.

    Buddy read with Yusra💓

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    After reading some of the five-star reviews for this book, I'm reevaluating how much I trust some of my friends. This was a

    book. I don't think I've been this disappointed since picking up

    or

    . What the hell were you guys reading? Is there a "good" version and a "shitty" version? What happened?

    I specifically

    to read CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE after

    because I thought they would complement each other well and lead to some interesting parallels that I could discuss in my review. AMERICANAH is a book that discusses the racial and cultural issues of real-life Nigeria, and CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE is a book that discusses racial and cultural issues of a fantasy-inspired country

    on Nigeria. I

    AMERICANAH and I was so sure that I would love CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE because it's exactly what so many readers have been asking for: Diverse Fantasy!

    CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE is a fantasy novel inspired by Nigerian mythology, specifically focusing on the

    . In this world, magic is forbidden and those who are descended from the maji are called "maggots" and systematically oppressed, if not killed outright. It's narrated by three characters, Zelie, who is a maji and a target of these genocidal tactics employed by their ruler, and also Inan and his sister, whose name I can't remember, who are the children of the evil king, but also maji, so uh-oh, nobody better find out or anything because that would be awkward.

    Zelie runs away, accompanied by that sister, and Inan hunts them down while fighting his unwanted (of course) attraction to her. Because he can see her in

    . *eye roll* All the people saying this book is action-packed must either never read

    fantasy, are reading a completely different edition from mine, or are lying outright, because this was the LONGEST 500-something pages I've ever read BECAUSE IT'S SO SLOW-PACED, OMG. I didn't care about any of the characters. When the climax happens, we're supposed to be

    for poor Zelie, but I didn't care because her voice is completely interchangeable with the other two. Characters appear whenever it's convenient for the plot, and there's a romance thrown in haphazardly because what's a YA without mediocre romance?

    Because that's what this is. Just another generic fantasy story with cardboard cut-out characters and a tepid romance that lacks chemistry. The only thing that sets it apart is the setting and mythology.

    I want to close with these thoughts. I get why so many people are excited about this book. It's thrilling to read books about people who are like you and have a narrative that you identify with. I emphasized that (more nicely) in my review of

    . Even if I thought it was a bad book, I can appreciate the meaning and importance it has for people who are seeking out those stories. Fantasy novels are notorious for having bad rep, and when you

    see characters of color, they often fit neatly under the cringe-worthy

    umbrella, which is not cool. That's a huge reason behind why I was so ready to embrace this book: I want those diverse stories too. Stories that give a new perspective and delve into territories that aren't explored nearly enough.

    However, I have seen people on Tumblr and Goodreads posting status updates about how they don't think people should be allowed to write negative reviews for diverse books because the intentions of the author supersede the quality of the writing itself. I am 100% NOT OKAY with that, and here's why: if you do that, you're going to create a culture of mediocrity, where people will feel comfortable churning out poor-quality books while using diversity the way you might use a checklist. I'm not saying that TYLER JOHNSON and CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE fall into that category, but by shutting down valid criticism and enabling poor story-telling, this is going to be a problem.

    Part of me kind of wondered if the publication of CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE may have been rushed so the release date coincided with that of

    . That could explain some of the problems. I wondered the same thing about CARVE THE MARK (a book that was seemingly inspired by Star Wars) and the closeness of its release date to

    . For reference, CARVE THE MARK was published January 17, 2017 and

    was released on December 10, 2016. Likewise,

    came out on February 16, 2018 and CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE was published on March 6, 2018. From a marketing perspective, it's a brilliant move, but a rushed release date could explain some of the pacing issues and the not-so-great writing.

    I apologize if this seems harsh, but I am a book blogger who has

    tried to be 100% honest even if that opinion is not popular. I have had people tell me that they will or won't buy books based on my reviews because they know I won't deceive them or sugar-coat. I rate on a purely entertainment-based rubric and don't take things like literary merit or the author's intentions into account. CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE had wonderful intentions... but I thought it was a really sloppy, generic fantasy novel, and I am rating it as such. Maybe you'll get the "good" version everyone's raving about. ;-)

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