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.

  • 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 ab

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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.

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  • 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!

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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 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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  • Lola

    When you’re a university student, it’s very hard to finish a 500-page book in less than two days and not be five assignments behind, especially this close to the end of the semester.

    But here we are, with me still alive and breathing and on track, as impossible as this may seem. I have to thank the author for making this a fast-paced story that does not include a guessing game in every new chapter – otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to read this one

    When you’re a university student, it’s very hard to finish a 500-page book in less than two days and not be five assignments behind, especially this close to the end of the semester.

    But here we are, with me still alive and breathing and on track, as impossible as this may seem. I have to thank the author for making this a fast-paced story that does not include a guessing game in every new chapter – otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to read this one on the bus and between classes.

    Surprisingly enough,

    is one of those impressive stories that the more you read, the more important it becomes to you. It’s also one that has an intense progression, so much that when you look back at the first chapter, it’s as though you are in another story entirely.

    This also means that the characters warm up to you gradually – they are not ones that you can automatically imagine yourself being best friends with. Even now, I admire Zélie and Amari profoundly, but I do wonder what we would talk about in real life, seeing that the girls’ minds are almost entirely on the issues to be solved. They do not discuss trivial matters, between themselves or with other characters, thus contributing to the sober atmosphere of the tale. But if I were in this world, I would do everything in my means to be part of their group. Together, they can truly move mountains.

    The writing does, however, pull you in in a matter of seconds. It’s very focused on describing the actions and emotions of the protagonists from the first person point of view but without overdramatizing the situation. Getting inside the characters’ heads is important because they not only have to deal with external battles, they must extinguish internal ones, too, at times.

    And since you’re dying to know why I dared take off a star, it’s simple enough: The magic in this world disappeared eleven years ago. I didn’t think it would make a difference if it disappeared a year ago or a hundred years ago, but the protagonists remembering what it was like to have magic made me feel like I wasn’t one hundred percent in sync with them. Not only that, but it would have been more powerful if Zélie had discovered magic after centuries of not having it around.

    But it really is an astounding debut novel. After that ending, I am all the more intrigued to see where this series goes.

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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.

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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 frien

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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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