Zélie lives in a world stripped of magic, suffering from persecution for the magic her family used to posses. Suddenly she has a chance to bring back magic, but it will take all her courage, wits, and power to escape the ruthless king. A breathtaking adventure with heartfelt and empathetic characters, Children of Blood and Bone is a must read YA adventure.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were 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 an enemy.
Amazing world-building. Adeyemi explores a vast world filled with relics of old magic. Since it was Zélie’s first time travelling, I felt like I was discovering places along with her, sharing her wonder and amazement. Yet Adeyemi’s world reflects problems that plague our world today, such as xenophobia and racism. As Zélie traverses Orïsha on her quest to reclaim magic, you see the injustices her people have to face as they are abused and persecuted.
A thrilling, action-packed adventure. There is never a dull moment in this book. Zélie is constantly pursued by the king, creating a heart-pounding sense of urgency. I was constantly compelled to start the next chapter, as I couldn’t leave myself hanging knowing there was always danger around the corner.
Beautifully written characters. Each character came from a different background, each with different perspective on Orïsha social climate. Zélie has spent years in persecution, fuelling her hatred for the monarchy and her oppressors. Amari was a princess who shied away from her father’s beliefs, in contrast to her brother Inan who follows in his footsteps. Despite being on different sides of the war, I found myself empathizing with all the characters – even Inan, who was supposed to be on the side of the villains. None of the characters, including Zélie and Amari, were perfect, making it even harder to pick a side in this war.
Exceptional character growth. Even better was the way the character’s interactions with each other forced them to expand their worldview and consider other perspectives, which I felt really helped them mature as individuals. Reading them grapple with their conflicting emotions also made me reflect on my own perspective – yes there are heroes and villains, but is it all as clear cut as it seems? Each character’s personal journey also allows them to overcome their faults, and by the end of the book I felt that Zélie, Amari, and Inan were all different people for the better.
Children of Blood and Bone is one of the best YA novels I’ve read in a long time, and . I can’t wait to read Children of Virtue and Vengeance!