I just finished reading Children of Blood and Bone. This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2018, but even after I had the copy in my hand, I was nervous to start it. I have a love/hate relationship reading hyped books because I’m usually so excited about the book that if it falls short I’m very disappointed. But I started reading Children of Blood and Bone and I was hooked.
I’m only just starting to read and enjoy fantasy again. For a long time the only fantasy that I liked was Harry Potter and even now I’m still pretty picky. But I loved Children of Blood and Bone. The characters were strong and the plot was well paced and the writing was incredible.
The main characters we follow:
I loved Zelie, she reminded me a lot of myself in so many ways. She felt so weak compared to the task that was asked of her, but she stepped forward and tried despite all odds, because she was fighting for more than herself, she was fighting for the maji, for her mother and father and brother. She was fighting to bring back magic. And I felt that she was such a powerful protagonist. She has flaws and she fails a lot, but she keeps trying and fighting for what she believes in. I want to be more like that.
Amari is the princess and from the beginning, you can tell that the palace life (as it is) is not a life that she really wants. Once she commits treason and starts working with Zel, you really get to see her grow. Amari might be one of my favorite characters in this story. She’s brave and true and from the beginning, you know that she’s going to fight for what is right because she doesn’t like her father’s kingdom.
Inan. Oh, Inan. I went back and forth between loving him and hating him, and without giving any spoilers, I’m not sure what my feelings were towards him at the end. Throughout the entire book Inan has this inner battle. Duty before self. He will be the next king and all his life he’s been living the way his father has taught him to live. I loved watching his inner struggle as he tried to know what to do, to continue building the kingdom that his father had created or to make a change. This is something that I don’t feel was completely resolved in the end, and I can’t wait to see more.
The overall plot:
I thought that Children of Blood and Bone was well paced. There was never a moment while reading that I thought the story dragged. Everything that happened, happened for a reason and propelled the story forward. There was a lot of action throughout the novel and not just at the end and i really liked that.
The world and magic and everything else:
The magic was described throughout the story so I didn’t feel like it was a huge dump of information, but it was throughout the book which helped a lot. Understanding came as you read more and this world was incredible.
I loved the authors note at the end of this book, even though in a lot of ways it broke my heart. This book is so important for own voices and being written by a WOC. This book was amazing on so many levels.
I can’t say enough good things about Children of Blood and Bone. Truly. This book is incredible and you need to read it right away! Definitely one of my new favorite fantasy novels! 5/5 Stars!
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.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi