I’m really excited to share my post for today! Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi is a novel that I had heard so much about this past month or so, and one that I was really excited to be able to read!
Let’s jump into the review!
Goodreads Rating: 4.42/5
Pages: 525 Pages
Published: March 6th, 2018
Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Genre: Fantasy and YA
Series: Legacy of Orïsha #1
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.
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This novel was such a fun and, surprisingly, quick read. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel from start to finish and read it’s entirety in two sittings.
This novel was a hunker of a book, it was 500+ pages and I definitely thought that it would take me a couple days to get through it, especially with how busy I’ve been recently. The good thing about this novel is that whenever you pick it up, it’s very hard for you to be able to stop reading without wanting to know what will happen next!
This novel had 3 character POV’s that we were able to follow, which I think made the novel move even quicker for me!
The characters in this novel were so incredible. I enjoyed hearing all about the differences between Zélie and Amari’s lives growing up and how their past’s have effected how they function in the present.
I loved the dynamic we were provided with when it came to these two girls, it’s obvious that they’re both incredibly strong individuals, but it was interesting to see how they were different and how much their childhoods impacted that.
Zélie was a really fun protagonist to follow because you got to see many different sides to her as the story went on. To be in her mind when she made decisions was fascinating to read about and I really enjoyed seeing how she dealt with abstract issues.
Amari was a character that we grew with as the story went on. We were able to see Amari’s character growth from her POV as well as from the POV of the other characters in we followed in this novel, which really allowed us to have a three dimensional grasp on her character. I, personally, thought Amari was an incredible addition to the team and I wouldn’t want to have the team any other way.
I also loved hearing from Inan’s POV and seeing his struggle throughout this novel. I don’t want to mention too much in regards to this (because spoilers), but I definitely loved the addition of Inan’s POV.
The adventure aspect of this novel was one of my favourite things about it. I loved seeing what the characters had to do next and where their next adventure would take them.
As I stated above, this novel was so very hard to put down, and I think that’s because the plot of this novel was never ending. There was always something of interest going on and I always found myself at the edge of my seat awaiting the next twist in the story.
I also really loved the addition of the culture in this novel. It was so fun to read about the beliefs of this group of people and be able to feel their love for their beliefs through the plot and the language that is dispersed throughout the novel.
As for anything I could have done without in this novel, the only thing that I found to be a bit annoying was the slight insta-love in this novel. Obviously I’m not going to go too far in depth into the romance of this novel, but I kind of wish that the characters weren’t coupled up so quickly in this novel. I could have waited for that to happen maybe in the sequel, just to make it a bit more believable, because I didn’t feel it was believable in this novel.
The only thing I have to say about the writing in this novel is that it was amazing.
It was atmospheric and mystical and so mesmerizing.
Tomi Adeyemi did an amazing job creating a world that the reader could fall into and never want to leave.
Alright everyone, that concludes my review for Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi!
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