November 8, 2018

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 9:27 pm by suebe2

Children of Blood and Bone
by Tomi Adeyemi
Henry Holt

Zélie Adebola remembers when life was full of magic.  But then the king sent out his army to kill the maji.  They lead Mama away in chains.

With her mother dead and her father a broken man, Zélie and her brother do their best move forward.  But the king’s men return again and again, demanding taxes because their was magic in their family.  And they can’t like about it.  Zélie’s hair shines white – revealing her heritage to one and all.

Zélie is in the market when someone runs into her.  The young woman is clearly terrified.  She needs help and she’s clearly trying to avoid the king’s guards.  Zélie doesn’t ask why and she doesn’t really care.  The fact that this girl is terrified and running for her life is all Zélie needs to know.

Only later does she realize what she has done.  She didn’t rescue just anyone but a princess.  And now the crown prince is after them because the princess has stolen an artifact that can bring magic back to their land.

I’m not going to write any more about the plot.  That’s the danger when reviewing fantasy.  The plot and the world are often so deliciously complex that it is tempting to describe it piece by piece.

The world of Orïsha was inspired by Adeyemi’s own West African heritage.  I suspect that if I knew more about the cultures and the countryside, I’d recognize even more than I did.  I love textiles and wild animals so most of what I recognized fell into these two categories.

As with many young adult fantasies, this is a story with romance, friendship, and self-discovery.  The characters have to decide what is truly important, what they are willing to sacrifice to achieve it, and who can really be trusted.  There is newfound magic, powers that have to be controlled and horror when that control slips.

In this world, magic takes many forms.  Reapers have power over souls.  Burners ignite flame.  There are also those with power over cancer, people’s minds, healers and much more.

This is definitely a book that needed to be written.  It brings some diversity to the world of fantasy and introduces a heroine young readers will love.  Me?  The second book in the series has yet to be released but knowing that doesn’t stop me from checking my library.  Is it in yet?




1 Comment »

  1. […] many of these books and reading books you love fuels your enthusiasm for books and for writing.  Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt) was one of those books for me.  I can’t write an authentic […]

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