Children of Blood and Bone

CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE

Written by Tomi Adeyemi

Published by Henry Holt, March 6, 2018

My star rating: 5 STARS!!!!

THE SYNOPSIS:

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. Find it on Goodreads

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MY REVIEW:

Wow. I am still shocked and amazed that this was a debut novel! It was flawless, and phenomenal, and had me hooked completely from page 1. I’ve spent the last few hours attempting to write a review, but it hasn’t gone so well. I am just so overcome with passion for this book that nothing is coming out in a full and complete thought. I’ll try to not make this review all over the place! In my defence, this is a difficult book to review. Things happen so fast so pretty much any specifics will be a spoiler. Also it’s the general atmosphere of the entire book that make it something memorable.

This book is told from four different points of view. First we have Zélie, a girl who is struggling with so much grief. The King wanted to remove magic from the lands completely so he executed all living Maji, including her mother. Next is Tzain, Zélie’s brother, who is her protector. He knows that she messes up a lot of what she does due to her emotions getting in the way, and he was sent to protect her on their journey. Then we have Amari, run away princess who may have a way to bring magic back to the lands, and is using this quest to escape her father. Lastly we have Inan, Amari’s brother, who is a guard of the kingdom, loyal to their father, and is willing to do anything for his approval.

I will say that the 4 different POV’s don’t serve the purpose for us to see more, as they were generally all together. But what it did do was give us insight of their separate thoughts and emotions. It was a slow burn of connection for them as well as for us a the reader. The more we heard from them, the more we understood, and the harder we fell for them. Each of these characters were so well done and so relatable. They invoked so much emotion throughout the course of this book!

The World building was stellar. We were taken on an adventure in so many different places throughout the land, and all of them were so different in their landscape and function. We traveled to sea side villages, markets, mountains, fighting pits, hideaway villages, temples, and so much more. I felt that I could envision each and every one of these places. Their sights and sounds were so vividly described without being too overdone. It was easy to be transported and feel like you were really there.

There was also a very well balanced theme of oppression and love. The oppression of those with magic was heart breaking. One ruler’s pain dictated that magic could never be good so it needs to be gone. The treatment of those with magic and the slanders used against them was sickening. But at the same time, sprinkled throughout the books, there were such strong themes of love, acceptance, and support. Fighting for good against all odds and against all evil. Changing peoples views on magic, and learn that, if done properly, there could be harmony. Also the support shared with those that suffer was everything. So many soft people who try to find the happiness in life and live for it. It was just beautiful.

The writing was glorious. Smooth and elegant, yet not over the top. Descriptions were vivid but not to overwhelming. It’s very easy to read this book quickly as she has a way of capturing your emotions and pulling you onto the next chapter. The brilliant pacing of this book has a lot to do with that as well! It’s possibly one of the most consistently paced books I’ve ever read. The highs weren’t too high, and the lows weren’t too low. There was just this steady push and NEED to know what happens next! One thing I also have to mention about her writing is that I love that she didn’t use food to explain skin colour. That irks the living hell out of me!!! Instead, we were given descriptions of the land. Trees, sand, stones, and other natural earthly things. It was beautiful! And a lot more effective than telling me that it looks like coffee or caramel…..

The only fault (that’s not really a fault) is that I wanted a little more explanation of how the powers worked and came they came to be. We did get a little of the background information, about the gods and such, but I wished there was more detail. I wanted to know more about each individual god, what ALL of the powers can do, how do they give others power, how do they strengthen those powers or connect/communicate to the Maji….. there’s so much left that I want to know! But I realize that this is still book one and there is more to come, so I’m hoping some of this will come into play.

But that ending…… oh that’s just cruel! LOL! After reading those last pages I have about 500 different theories and situations running through my head and I need to know what happens!!!

Thank you SO much to Raincoast books and Henry Holt Books for the chance to read this truly epic novel. Their generosity has not influenced my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Until next time, happy reading!

50 Comments Add yours

  1. Ruqs says:

    This book sounds fabulous and I just want to read it even more now after your (as always) amazing review! One thing, is there any romance, and if so, how much? Is there any kissing or anything beyond that? I know I always ask that, but its just a personal preference that I prefer to avoid it if possible 🙂

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    1. Don’t feel bad for asking!! I would rather you ask me than being uncomfortable while reading a book. Yes there’s a romance. A very slow one though. It’s basically just the beginning. There are 2 very small kissing scenes but it’s nothing too graphic or in depth. It’s more like sparks of emotions as they start to realize that they have feelings for each other. I think you’re safe with this one 🙂

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      1. Ruqs says:

        Thank you so much!! 🙂

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  2. I read this one last month and had the same thoughts as yours. This debut is amazing. 🙂 🙂

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    1. It is so hard to review though!!! I want to talk about all of it but it happens so fast that anything I say would be a spoiler! And I have so many theories….. especially after that ending! Gah!

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      1. Aaaahhhh, same here. Aside from theories, I want to talk everything this book made me feel but that would lead to questions, and my answers would be spoilers. And it’s even harder because this book is so new so only few know anything about it. Even the slightest thing about it would be a spoiler.
        Ugh.. whatever, hope the next book comes before this year ends. lol. a fan can only dream. hehe.

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        1. Lol I’m glad someone else feels the same! I almost want to start a spoiler post so we can talk about all the theories! But I would be so afraid of someone stumbling upon it on accident lol

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          1. me too. hahaha… 🙂

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  3. Oh yay!! I’m so glad to hear you liked this one! It sounds like a really cool fantasy 😀

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    1. It’s now on my list of top fantasies ever!

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      1. Ruqs says:

        now I’m super excited to read it considering how many books you read! 😀

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  4. Alexia Cambaling says:

    Wow! I’ve been hearing so many good things about this book lately and since I want to read more diverse fantasy, I might pick this one up.

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    1. As far as I understand, this was based off African folklore and heritage. It was such a refreshing read! I do hope you pick it up. It surpasses the hype!

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  5. Birdie says:

    I can’t wait to read this book. It’s so gorgeous on the outside, and everyone is raving about the inside. I just have to ask, is there any type of romance (or the hint of one)?

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    1. There is a romance. Or the beginning of one. It’s kind of out of place yet at the same time it fits the character arc

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  6. J.W. Martin says:

    I guess I’ll have to give this one a look. I’ve been resisting due to my inner design snob.

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    1. It’s REALLY GOOD! I think you would like it 🙂

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  7. Marie says:

    Wow, I can feel the love in your review here haha 🙂 I am so happy that you loved this book so much, I’m really starting to feel that the hype is real hahahaha. I can’t wait to read that one myself and can only hope that I will love it just as much as everyone else 🙂 Lovely review! 🙂 x

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    1. This is one of those rare cases where the hype couldn’t even come close to how amazing this book is! And it’s so hard to explain but the atmosphere of the whole thing is electric! I hope you love it – in fact, I’m confident you will!

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  8. I really need this book! It’s so great that you loved this book! I love how your love for this book shows in this review!

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    1. I would agree – you need this book 😂 I want to run around screaming at everyone to read it!

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  9. Oh yeah! This was five stars for me too. It really is something special. I still haven’t decided my clan. I hope we find out more about the clans in book 2.

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    1. Exactly! I hope that in book 2 we learn more specifics 🙂

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  10. Exciting! Your review is so convincing.
    …she didn’t use food to explain skin colour… I’m so glad. I share your sentiments on that one.

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    1. I absolutely can’t stand that people use food to describe skin colour!! If I read about someone’s caramel skin one more time I might throw a book! Well maybe not…. that might hurt it…… but I’ll picture it in my mind 😂

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      1. Hahahahahahahaha
        Oh I can definitely relate!

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  11. OMG! I’ve had this book for a while nowww! Need to read it soon!

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    1. Yes you do! It was so good! Hope you love it!

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  12. Beware Of The Reader says:

    WOW this one gets so many good review Shanah. Confession I don’t like the cover and so far that’s the only thing holding me from reading it …

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    1. Don’t let the cover stop you!! I actually think you would quite enjoy this one (based on the fantasy books I know you’ve read and liked). Just read the first chapter and you’ll be hooked!

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    2. Ruqs says:

      Never judge a book by its cover 😉 😀

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  13. Cat says:

    Hey! Hope you don’t mind but I just popped a link to this page from my review of Children of Blood and Bone as it’s a cool perspective I wanted to share!

    If you want to read my review you can find it on my site I Can Only Blame My Shelf, just click through on my profile 🙂

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    1. No I don’t mind at all 🙂 I’ll be sure to check yours out when I get the chance later today!

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  14. OMG I just finished reading it and I LOVED EVERY MOMENT! For a debut novel, this was pretty spectacular! And I completely agree – THAT ENDING HAD ME SHOOK! I honestly can’t wait for the next book! Thank you for this great review! 🙂

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    1. I’m in utter shock that this book was a debut! It was so polished and the world was so well built! Glad you loved it 🙂

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  15. Omg thank you for the follow! Your blog is awesome! Hope to see more great posts from you 😊

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    1. Awe thanks! And of course! I’m glad to keep up with you though I don’t get the chance to blog hop as often as I would like ☹️

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  16. shelfishforbooks says:

    Oh no does something bad happen? I’ve still got another hundred pages or so to read – I hope there isn’t s cliffhanger!

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    1. Lol. I’m not about to spoil things for you!! It’s quite the eventful ending is all I will say 😋

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      1. shelfishforbooks says:

        I just it last night! Oh my god! There was so much going on it was almost hard to keep up! Poor Inan, though to be honest, I had a hunch he was going to die from pretty much the start. But Amari has a white streak! Maybe when Zelie returned the world’s magic, she gave it back to everyone and not just the diviners? I think that would be so cool!

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        1. I know right?! That’s the part that has me hung up and asking a lot of questions! I have so many theories – is book 2 out yet??? 😂

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