They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.
Zelie remembers when the soil of Orisha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled – Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zelie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.
Zelie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zelie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orisha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zelie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic – and her growing feelings for an enemy.
*Review copy received via Pan Macmillan India in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*
Can I just say… OH MY FREAKING GODS, THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH AND IT IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING AND YOU NEED TO READ IT BECAUSE OF COURSE YOU DO.
Children of Blood and Bone is the single most amazing fantasy I have read in the last few months and I absolutely loved it. I mean, GAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH! It is so, so, so good. Absolutely stunning plot, amazing character arcs and such fluid writing. This book has it all. Literally. All of it. Like, this book is your one stop shop for awesomeness and you should not sleep on it, like I have been for so long.
The worldbuilding in this story is categorically amazing. I love how there are so many different types of magic and how magi are able to wield their magic. There are rituals and there is folklore and history and it’s absolutely amazing. Such a well crafted world and so amazingly written. It is definitely one of the highlights of this book.
Coming to the plot, it is incredibly fast paced and keeps you on edge from the beginning till the end. There is never a dull moment. Something is happening with each sentence, each word. You aren’t made to endure idle chatter or fillers for anything. Everything that happens is vital to the plot or the characters and it is done so nicely. And, the plot twists! By god, the plot twists! They’re just so amazing.
The character arcs in this story, though, take the cake. Each character is so different from the other and they’re all so well crafted right from the heroine to the villain and I love that. You see these characters grow as the story progresses and you understand them and their motivations so well. I think that’s brilliant.
Zelie is such an amazing protag. She is headstrong and stubborn and brave. But, she’s also messy and she acts before thinking and has a penchant to land in trouble at the most inopportune times. But, she is trying her best, like they all are and that’s what matters. But, her dark secrets – her despair, her hatred, her pain – it’s all hidden from the world and not even her own brother knows the extent of her suffering. Her grief and hatred are handled so exceptionally well in the story and they make me sympathize with her so much. You can’t help but root for her because you want her to come out on top of everything, especially after what has happened in the past.
Amari is another well written character and I adored her. She is probably the bravest of them all and I absolutely love her growth during the course of the story. She goes from second guessing herself at every turn to trusting herself and being a valuable addition to the team, who does everything she can to ensure that it all works out. She’s awesome.
And then, there’s Inan. He has the best character development in the story, nay, in all of fantasy that I have read over the past few years. I say that which such confidence because I went from abhorring him in the beginning of the story to absolutely loving him towards the end. The amount of tears I have shed for this boy is infinitely more than any other character in this book and they all have tragic back stories. So, you can imagine just how amazingly he’s crafted.
I wish we had a POV from Tzain, Zelie’s brother, especially cause he is an important character in the story, and he’s there throughout and a look into his brain would have been great. I love him. Above all else, he’s a great big brother who is always looking out for his little sister and trying to protect her the best he can. And I really like that about him.
I also love the villain in this story. The King. His character is dark, but he’s complex. His motivations stem out of fear and loss rather than a thirst of power or greed. If you look at the story from his point of view, what he’s doing, actually makes sense, because maybe we all would have done something similar had we been in his position. That being said, I am still rooting for Zelie, all the way.
The book ends in a cliffhanger and I am just counting down the days till book two releases because, it was so good and I really, really, really need to know what happens next!
So, stop what you’re doing and grab this book, because it is definitely absolutely, completely amazing!
Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. Her debut novel, CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE, comes out March 6th, 2018 and the movie is currently in development at Fox with the producers of Twilight and The Maze Runner attached. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she received a fellowship that allowed her to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. When she’s not working on her novels or watching Scandal, she can be found blogging and teaching creative writing to her 3,500 subscribers at tomiadeyemi.com. Her website has been named one of the 101 best websites for writers by Writer’s Digest.