A top pick for most in 2018, Children of Blood and Bone is a mix of religion and magic about two young women finding their place in the world. While on an adventure/fantasy quest!
The plot is definitely trope-y which kinda put me off towards the start. However! I loved the fictional world of Orïsha. Adeyemi has portrayed some of the feelings, traditions, and legends of West Africa while putting a refreshing spin on the setting.
agic was presented as physical and spiritual. Most importantly maintained by faith and communication with the gods with a direct line of ancestry. I also really liked the way Zélie as a reaper used her powers with the dead in battle. Adeyemi certainly had a different take on their powers and I hope we’ll see each one explored in more depth in books to come.
There were some clear themes of oppression and otherness. Adeyemi
I really enjoyed that we had three main character perspectives – Zélie , Amari and Ianan. It worked with the chapters not being too long and kept the pace throughout the story. Our main characters were all likeable but flawed with distinct principals. They consistently question their motives and ponder the concequences of their actions. Though I didn’t like their ease with which they changed their minds. They changed opinions waaay too frequently.
Zélie is both stubborn and determined. She has a lot of emotional growth throughout the story – coming into her powers and struggling with the responsibility of bringing magic back. We flash back to her abuse
Amari is interesting though I feel like we have more to explore from her in future novels. I liked the way she needed to find her courage while dealing with some very real and paralysing fears. Her journey certainly parallel’s Zélie’s,
Inan is torn between his abusive father’s wishes of eradicating all magic and coming into his own unexpected powers. He is also constantly battling between
So although this does feel a little YA template I would highly recommend to fantasy fans. The longer length also makes it a little unusual for a YA but is a really intriguing start to what will hopefully be an incredible fantasy series. Because I’m definitely looking forward to discovering more about each different branch of power and a little more history of the
ABOUT CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames,
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king,
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.