Review - Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

By Carmen, 17 December 2018
My Copy of the Book

Year Published: 2018

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.

About the Author:

Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she studied West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. She is the author of Children of Blood and Bone.

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My Take on the Book:

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this book; so I was pleasantly surprised as I kept on reading through this novel. I’m not one that reads YA often, one thing I will say is that this book has definitely deserved the hype (note that I said hype, not over-hype) that it has gotten. I was very fascinated with the history and trials of the maji. I ended up giving this leisurely book a well-deserved five star rating.

Last Word:

Another thing that really impressed me was the descriptions in this book – this author has potential, and I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.