Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone

Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir.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. Und...

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Title:Children of Blood and Bone
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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.

  • Kristen Ciccarelli

    Breathless pacing, masterful worldbuilding, and a heroine we've all been waiting for. This book is beautiful, powerful, and totally badass. You need it in your life.

  • Korrina  (OwlCrate)

    It took me awhile to get through this book (due to the fact that it’s quite long, and is a very detailed and involved fantasy world), but I highly enjoyed it. I absolutely adored the magic system in this story, and loved the visuals I imagined while reading. I really do hope this becomes a movie on the big screen, because it would be so epic!

  • Lara Kareem

    *****Updated Review, Full Book Review

    ***p.s. this was my first reaction review. 

    Be aware and be ready for Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. This book will blow yours and my mind and leave you speechless, especially if you can get your hands on the first six chapters, you'll understand why I'm a gushing mess...

    Not only that this book isn't even published yet and it's already has a movie deal and has achieved a lot. Can Tomi please be my creative writing coach.

    Nigerians are slaying this

    *****Updated Review, Full Book Review

    ***p.s. this was my first reaction review. 

    Be aware and be ready for Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. This book will blow yours and my mind and leave you speechless, especially if you can get your hands on the first six chapters, you'll understand why I'm a gushing mess...

    Not only that this book isn't even published yet and it's already has a movie deal and has achieved a lot. Can Tomi please be my creative writing coach.

    Nigerians are slaying this writing game and are pushing the writing and reading culture in our country! I can't wait for the day when Reading is a popular thing here and not just political and business reading, reading for fun and just taking in good fiction.

    So I've only read the first six chapters and omg I need more! It's so good and I'm in love. I just can't wait to have more. I already love the world building and I love how I can relate because these characters have Yoruba blood in them. Don't you just love when you read a book with a language that isn't English and you don't have to look up the meaning because you understand the words and language perfectly?

    I can't wait for next year, so I can get my hands on this book and gladly finish it and the others that will follow it. Don't sleep on this wonderful book, with the most majificent cover, yes I said majificent.

    ***Full Book Review

    I wrote that on the 26th of August 2017 after I read the first six chapters. Ever since then I've been dreaming about this book and constantly asking Tomi, how this book is going to get into my Nigerian hands, but she has assured me she's working on getting a deal with a Nigerian publisher because this book is a diamond mine.

    I'm done with all the chapters of this book people! I am extremely sad to be done with this book because all I need is more! I knew this book would be my bookish love, I felt it deep in my bones and of course, I more than cherish this story.

    I might be biased because Yoruba is deeply embedded in this tale, I am a Yoruba woman.  You know how POC are always happy when they see themselves represented in the books they read, especially when the story revolves around them and their culture? Well, this book is the ultimate Jackpot for me because the story isn't even based on White Man soil. 

    It's based on a fictional Nigeria. I know this because, well the names of places in the story are names of states in Nigeria, for example, Lagose, Eloirin, Zaria, Ibadan, Warri etc. and the map Tomi revealed for the world that is Orisha confirmed my suspicions. (I'm also currently in Minna, but I live Lagos, he he!) It's just wonderful reading this book.

    I can't review this book without giving away spoilers, which I definitely do not want to do. But I can't not share my opinion on the beautiful world that is Orïsha and how beautiful Zélie Adebola is.

    Zélie is a young and power Divîner, who is yet to truly know the kind of power she has within, living in a society where Divîner such as herself are treated as maggots, people who should be treated with nothing less than scorn and hatred, this has been the way since the king of Orïsha brutally destroyed magic in the land Orïsha.

    For years, the King has managed to keep magi away and the Divîner in check, but now with the resurfacing of an ancient magic artefact, magic can be rebirthed and the Divîners can regain the powers that were only their birthright. 

    That is how the story begins. With Amari setting off a chain of events she could never have dreamed off. She was destined to cross paths with Zélie and Tzain and the three of them set out for the journey of their lifetime and it's only ever just truly begun, the problem is their enemy is Amari's father, the king of Orïsha, and her brother Inan, who is so far up his father's ass, he doesn't know right from wrong anymore. The story revolves around these two sets of siblings and how the fate of magic for the Divîners of Orïsha land.

    The story will break your heart, mend it and do it all over again. The story is brutal, in it, you'll find happiness, hope, loss, bloodshed and betrayal, the typical trademarks of a classic YA Fantasy, but even though I expected all these things, it didn't hurt any less reading them happening. The stories pace is everything, it is beautiful and steady all through, I love it when the pace is just right.

    Now that cliffhanger has me, so scared. I can't wait for the next book, and my heart is also aching for how brutal it's going to be, I feel like crying just thinking about the final chapters of Children of Blood and Bone. 

  • Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

    I read the first six chapters, so this is only a partial review.

    "Courage does not always roar. Valor does not always shine."

    Story ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    In the beginning, Orïsha was a land where the rare and sacred maji lived. But when they started to abuse their powers as kings and queens the gods stripped them of their gifts. And the love of the people became hate and they started to wipe the maji from their world. And then magic disappeared.

    In my opinion the story is really interesting and I'm definitely go

    I read the first six chapters, so this is only a partial review.

    "Courage does not always roar. Valor does not always shine."

    Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    In the beginning, Orïsha was a land where the rare and sacred maji lived. But when they started to abuse their powers as kings and queens the gods stripped them of their gifts. And the love of the people became hate and they started to wipe the maji from their world. And then magic disappeared.

    In my opinion the story is really interesting and I'm definitely going to read more of it when it is published.

    Characters ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Zélie is rebellious, strong and sees injustice and wants to fight it. That makes her a strong female character I want to know more of.

    And the absolute coolest thing is that she raised a lionaire that is now faithful to her.

    After Amaris best friend is killed by her father she steals the artifact. That's a really courageous and it needs even more strength to betray your family with this. This makes Amari an even more interesting character.

    World ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Before magic disappeared there were majis who could control water, who commend fire. Some could read minds, peer through time, heal or bring disease. Others could tame wild beasts or wield darkness and light.

    It seems that in this past everything was possible, they were no limits, no rules.

    Writing style ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    It's a really nice writing, that you can read fast without stopping.

  • Melanie

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    is worth every ounce of hype and praise it has received thus far, and I only anticipate it to receive more and more, especially since you’re all about to read a gush review for it. The world is amazing, the characters are so real feeling, the writing is perfect, the action is abundant, the romances are beautiful, the topics are important. This was such a fantastic read, and even though it is only late January, I have no doubts that

    will make my best of 2018 list, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it even takes the number one spot come December 31st. I’m also honored to say that this is the very first book I’ve given five stars to in 2018.

    In this world of Orïsha, magic used to thrive and be celebrated. Our main protagonist, Zélie, remembers this time and what a powerful Divîner her mother was. But she also remembers the way her mother’s body looked, when it was left on display the day that magic died.

    Now, the king of Orïsha wants to make sure magic is kept dead, while also keeping all the Divîners that live in Orïsha oppressed. The king ensures that the Divîners are reminded they are lesser, in hopes that they will forget how powerful they once were, along with everyone else. And this has worked, for the last eleven years, that is until a powerful artifact is found and if it is combined with a couple other powerful artifacts it can bring magic back to Orïsha once and for all.

    When a Maji is born with white hair, it is a sign that they are touched by the Gods, so they are called Divîners. And back before magic disappeared, when a Divîner turned thirteen, they would develop what kind of power they had from whatever God had touched them. The powers range from healing, to taming animals, to wielding light, to controlling time, to making fire, to calling water, to controlling people’s minds and dreams, to even more things! They were very powerful, and the ordinary people didn’t like them being that powerful, so they had to shut them down and keep them down.

    This story truly focuses on two sets of siblings. One set is Zélie and her brother Tzain, who are currently living in Eloirin, which is surrounded by water, with their father. Yet, the people in Eloirin are forced to pay a Divîner tax, and the prince keeps raising them higher and higher. And if you can’t pay it, then you are forced to perform hard labor (or other worse things) until your debt is paid off. But that’s the thing, you’ll just accumulate more and more debt, and you will never be free again. You will die a slave. And Zélie ‘s family is unsure how they are going to afford to pay the tax for her, so they are forced to go to the city of Lagose to trade. Then, Zélie and Tzain’s story mixes with the other sibling’s story by pure fate of the Gods.

    Amari is the daughter of the king that has done everything to destroy magic. Yet, this princess is nothing like her tyrant of a father. And once her father does something completely unthinkable and totally heartless, Amari flees her royal life once and for all.

    Inan is the king in waiting and Amari’s older brother. He is probably the most interesting character in this book, because he constantly is struggling between what he wants to be and what has always been forced upon him. And he is tasked to bring Amari back to their king of a father, by whatever means necessary. Then, these four young adults, from very different upbringings, come together to change the fate of Orïsha forever.

    This story is truly unforgettable, and I loved it more than any words I can string together to form a review. The world building is expertly done, and perfectly interwoven through the story. The magic system is so unique and was an absolute joy to learn and read about. Zélie is everything I want in a main protagonist, and her castmates are nothing short of amazing, too. This book was everything I’ve ever wanted from the fantasy genre.

    The writing in this is so very lyrical. I was completely blown away by the magnificent prose. This story is just told so beautifully, I think it would be hard not to fall in love with it. And I want to emphasize that romance is never at the forefront of this story, but some of the one liners that Tomi Adeyemi gave me where truly some of the most romantic lines I’ve ever read. I can’t believe this is her debut novel. Please, just give her all the awards now, because her writing is truly on another level.

    And the messages and parallels to our world, from systemic racism, to prison systems, to so much more, are so very important. I know this is a YA high fantasy novel, but I hope people can’t miss the similarities to the very society we are living in today.

    And every single character in this book is beautifully black. Yet, the author does such a wonderful job touching on how people perceive darker skinned individuals to lighter skinned individuals in this world. In this world, the royals want to look as light as possible. Even going as far as to make sure their skin is always powdered, and it is shunned to spend too much time outside where you could become darker. Yet, this young girl, Zélie, with the darkest skin, living in poverty and dealing with the brutal murder of her mother, could be the most powerful person in Orïsha, yet she is viewed as nothing more than a racial slur. This book is powerful, eye opening, and I hope you all take more out of it besides it being an amazing, five starred story.

    This book was a masterpiece. Again, I know with my whole soul that this book will make my best of 2018 list without question. I loved this book with the sum of my being and I know it is going to make so many other’s lists, too. Tomi Adeyemi will forever and always be an auto-buy author for me, because this is maybe the strongest debut novel I have ever read in my entire life. Perfection.

    for attempted rape, physical abuse, death, gore, murder, torture, war themes, and similar things in that vein.

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  • 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 Amara 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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  • destiny ☠ howling libraries

    If you want to see the most precious thing ever,

    a video of Tomi opening her first finished copy. <3

  • Candace Robinson

    I wanted to love this book, but in the end it was just all right. I felt the setting was amazing, and I did like the characters. There were parts where I was like “Yes!” then parts that moved soooo slow. The book felt too long, and I feel like with maybe a 100 pages less would have helped. Honestly, I wasn’t a big fan of the magic system here, and I generally find magic to be the best part. Also, it did have some unique qualities but also felt like stuff from other fantasy books I have read. I d

    I wanted to love this book, but in the end it was just all right. I felt the setting was amazing, and I did like the characters. There were parts where I was like “Yes!” then parts that moved soooo slow. The book felt too long, and I feel like with maybe a 100 pages less would have helped. Honestly, I wasn’t a big fan of the magic system here, and I generally find magic to be the best part. Also, it did have some unique qualities but also felt like stuff from other fantasy books I have read. I did love the author’s writing, though!

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