Title: Children of Blood and Bone
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Publisher: Henry Holt
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
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.
Review: This book is a force of nature. It destroyed me emotionally and I’m still trying to come up with the words to do this beautiful book justice. I’ll be honest, it only took me a few pages and I was completely invested in the characters, mythology, and worldbuilding. Children of Blood and Bone took my breath away. It’s such an incredibly diverse, powerful, and magical fantasy that can be at times dark with a shred of hope left hanging. This story shook me to my core and left me feeling emotionally raw.
I absolutely loved the quest aspect in this book! The goal is to save magic, but there are so many different dangers and surprises along the way. Tomi Adeyemi has created such a fierce story filled with so much depth. The writing was so vivid and striking, I couldn’t tear my eyes away. I wanted to devour this book like a wild lionaire, but I also wanted to savour every last word.
Orïsha, a place where magic once used to thrive, is now ruled by a tyrant King who watched as magic was washed away in a sea of blood and bone. The world is left divided, with the nobles taking diviners as slaves. Zélie Adebola is haunted by the day she watched as her mother was dragged away in chains; the day magic died. Now she faces life in the stocks as her family is running out of time and money. When she unknowingly saves the princess Amari and aids in stealing one of the tools that can bring magic back, Zélie and her brother Tzain become part of a quest given to them by the Gods.
When the prince discovers his sister’s betrayal, he is sent to hunt her down and retrieve what she stole. Only what he doesn’t know is that he will discover something about himself that could change everything he knows about magic. Hunted by the prince, Zélie, Amari, and Tzain discover a ritual that could bring back magic for good. All they need to do is find three ancient artifacts and bring them to an ancient island, which only appears every one hundred years. With time running out, they rush to collect what they need, leaving death and destruction in their wake.
There are so many moments that will make your jaw drop, and your emotions run wild. In the midst of chaos and death, there is also love, family, and friendship. The only thing keeping them going is hope that magic can return and save Orïsha.
A lot of powerful themes are touched on in this book as well. It deals with castes, stereotypes, race, abuse, and slavery. The world of Orïsha parallels our own and deals with so many issues that we see every day. This West-African YA fantasy is explosive in so many different ways and I can’t wait to see where this series goes next.