Saturday, 17 March 2018

Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Published by Macmillian Children's
Released 8th March 2018
600 Pages
Paperback ARC Edition


Thank you to the publisher for sending me a proof copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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.

Thoughts

If you haven't heard about Children of Blood and Bone over the past few months where have you been living? Under a rock! This book has been highly anticipated as the next big thing in YA Fantasy and I honestly couldn't wait to jump in. And let me tell you this..it's INCREDIBLE!

Teenager Zélie Adebola remembers when the land of Orïsha hummed with magic. That all changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a brutal king, Maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without one bit of hope. Now she has one chance to bring back magic and go against the monarchy. With the help of the rogue princess, Zélie must outrun the crown prince, who is set on getting rid of magic for good. Danger lurks in every corner throughout Orïsha, yet the biggest danger of all might be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers, and her growing feelings for the enemy.

For a large book of near enough 600 pages this book could be seen as intimidating but please don't worry! It is so fast paced that you don't even think about the length. From the first chapter we are dropped into some hardcore action and I knew right there that this was going to be one hell of a book. It had me hooked and it will do the same to you - trust my word on that. The plot itself was so original and you just wanted to know more and more. I can truthfully say I didn't want to stop reading and when that happens I know I have discovered something truly amazing.

The world building in Children of Blood and Bone is stunning and some of the best I have read in recent years. It must have taken years to conjure up a beautiful world such as Orïsha and for that I commend Tomi. Yes, granted there's a lot to take in with this world but I found out what I needed to know about Orïsha and the Maji as I worked my way through the story. This is definitely preferred to lots of information dumping, which can happen in some fantasy. The African setting was so unique and just gorgeous! The vivid descriptive language made it really easy for me to visualize the area and feel like I was there. 


The way the plot is written is also one of the reasons that I was hooked. It's written for the perspective of three different characters - I don't usually like this but with Children of Blood and Bone it just worked. We follow the perspectives of Zélie - our main character and Maji. I loved Zélie as a MC. From the moment we are introduced to her you know she's one to watch. She's brave, she's determined, she's loyal and she knows what she wants. Her array of emotions are so distinctly described that I could feel everything she felt. Then we have Amari - the rogue princess. Her character development was outstanding! She went from being this scared, pampered girl to a lethal fighter and that was awesome to read. Lastly there's Inan - the crown prince. He was a character that took me a while to figure out, I'll admit. However, we come to learn why he is the way he is as the story goes along. I felt quite sorry for him but at times he was really frustrating. 


There are so many things I learnt about through reading this book. There is a lot of emphasis on social class for example. This is mainly shown through interaction between Zélie and Amari. At first neither of them are able to understand each other due to these differences and it does take a while before they are fully able to look at one another for who they truly are. It also tackles topics such as discrimination - this is shown by the Maji's being treated awfully. 


Children of Blood and Bone was an outstanding read and I'm going to go as far as to say it's the best YA Fantasy I have read in a few years. It's just a gorgeously written, breathtaking story and I for one cannot wait for the sequel. Bring it on!



Author Bio

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.




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