Children Of Blood And Bone by Tomi AdeyemiChildren Of Blood And Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children Of Blood And Bone

byTomi Adeyemi

Hardcover | March 6, 2018

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Instant New York Times Bestseller
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TIME Top 10 Best YA and Children's Books of 2018
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Bustle's Top 25 Best Young Adults Books of 2018
2018 Kirkus Prize Finalist
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Paste Magazine's 30 Best YA Novels of 2018
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With five starred reviews, Tomi Adeyemi's West African-inspired fantasy debut, and instant #1 New York Times Bestseller, conjures a world of magic and danger, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir.

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.

"A phenomenon." -Entertainment Weekly

"The epic I've been waiting for." -New York Times-bestselling author Marie Lu

"You will be changed. You will be ready to rise up and reclaim your own magic!" -New York Times-bestselling author Dhonielle Clayton

"The next big thing in literature and film." -Ebony

"One of the biggest young adult fiction debut book deals of theyear." -Teen Vogue

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#1 New York Times bestseller, March 14, 2018

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.
Title:Children Of Blood And BoneFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:544 pages, 9.36 × 6.38 × 1.74 inShipping dimensions:9.36 × 6.38 × 1.74 inPublished:March 6, 2018Publisher:Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1250170974

ISBN - 13:9781250170972


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Empowering read! Beautiful, empowering read! A story you don't get to hear often...but also, who doesn't love a little magic?!
Date published: 2019-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rich fantasy tale Wow! What a rich, vibrant tale Tomi has spun! The characters are very well drawn, none that came across as two dimensional. And Orïsha is so well described I felt I was there seeing it all with the characters. A tough emotional ending, but I'm curious to see what happens next!
Date published: 2019-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Very much enjoyed the writing, characters, and storyline. I usually don't read "fantasy" books, but I enjoyed this one. Looking forward to the next. (Also, the book is beautiful. The art and the script is very lovely.)
Date published: 2018-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Book Didn't Really Work For Me I really, really, really wanted to like this book. The premise was awesome, the magic system sounded amazing, and I was keen for world building that wasn't just a replica of medieval Europe. Regretfully, the writing skill didn't, for me at least, do the story justice. There was very little introspection from the main characters, about their plight, about their emotions, I felt like nothing was thought through and every decision ended up being a jumped to conclusion. The author told us the emotions of the characters rather than letting us FEEL them, through body language, word choice, and tone. There were very few descriptions scattered through the book showing us what the characters looked like, or where they were positioned in the space around them which, to me, made the book lack atmosphere. Also, the characters all seem to get convinced much too easily. I think the thing that annoyed me most though, was there was no reason provided as to why there was a large enemy fleet at the island they go to in the climax... So while I really loved the core message (which comments strongly on institutional racism and oppression) and the attempt to take us to a different realm in the world building, the book just didn't work for me. But glad to see that it has positively affected so many people.
Date published: 2018-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from #10 on the Indigo best of 2018 I read this book as it was on the top 10 list of 2018. It is not the type of book I would normally read so it took me out of my comfort zone. There were so many interesting characters in this book. It was fast paced and hard to put down as I needed to know what happens next. This book made me stop to think about the way people hate others for their beliefs, unnecessary fears. Hate kills -- from the inside out.
Date published: 2018-11-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was good This is a good book that moves along quickly, maybe too quickly. The end feels rushed, almost like the author ran out of patience or time and just had to find a way to finish the story in a rush. I would recommend reading it but if you’re a big fan of the concept of this book don’t expect a great deal of character development and depth; read it because it’s fast paced and entertaining.
Date published: 2018-11-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good ownvoice fantasy 3.5 ⭐️ I always have trouble when I don't like ownvoice books all that much. I want people whom it represents to read it and judge by themselves, but I can't say I was satisfied reading it. Let's get this out of the way: the racism aspect of this book is amazingly well written and reflects what happens in real life to some extend. It's subtle enough that I didn't fully realize what Adeyemi based it on until I read the author's note, yet clear enough that you can't deny the racism underlying the whole way Orïsha is ruled. Zélie was alright as a main character, although a bit dumb at times. But that is to be expected from a teenager. I liked her a lot more than her brother. Frankly, I think Tzain was a jackass half the time, blaming her for things going wrong all the time. I understand where it comes from, but he made a poor big brother in my eyes. Amari was probably my favourite character. There was a lot of depth to her. She came a long way through the book. I believe she'd make a great queen. Inan, though... Geez, that kid had me rooting for him for a while. And then he completely fell apart and destroyed any chance for redemption. I cannot understand where Tomi Adeyemi was going with this. And the possible love-triangle with Roën felt like the unnecessary inclusion of an overused YA trope, nothing more. Especially since the celebration night gave off the vibe that he was in a relationship with someone else... I admit, I did roll my eyes at one point at the straight relationships. Albeit with less characters, it seems Adeyemi tried to pull a SJM: matching up all characters so no one feels alone. Because god forbid a teenager might not need to be in a relationship or have the time to think about their feelings while in the middle of a quest to bring back magic! The world-building was great and it was refreshing to read a fantasy that was not based on European medieval times. I loved learning more about Nigerian culture through this book. My last complain is that this book is LONG. Too long. There were a lot of scenes I feel could have been cut out without taking anything from the story. And Inan's back and forth between his allegiance for his father and his love for Zélie was extended to the point where it hurt to read about it. I don't care if he had trouble going against his father. It took Amari less than 1/4 of the book to understand, while Inan couldn't make up his mind until his secret was revealed. AND EVEN THEN! I lost all sympathy for him after his betrayal. The ending bugged me to no end, but it wasn't enough for me to be interested in the rest of the series.
Date published: 2018-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast-paced, action-packed, and incredible. This was a fast-paced, action-packed book - that I could not put down. Although this was a pretty big book - it was easy to devour - because the world building was fabulous, and so much was happening in this story! This book was super dense - not just in size, but because of how much is packed into its pages - which, when the story is this good, is exactly what you want! The world building was really well done - but there is a lot of detail to know and understand - so it’s not exactly a ‘light’ read. The characters were interesting - in that they were super complex - you would feel one way about one character, and then learn something new about them, and totally re-evaluate your perception of them. I feel like some of the characters were really well developed, but other (secondary) characters did feel a bit rushed (e.g. Kaea, Kwame, Zu) which left me hungry for more. Overall, I was so impressed with how Adeyimi wove such a gorgeous story, with such a fantastical world - and managed to root the whole story into some powerful real world concepts, like oppression, race, prejudice, and the nuances of politics and war. Woven with African mythology, this was a gorgeous world to explore, and unlike almost anything I've ever read before! I really loved this book - and I’m REALLY looking forward to the next one!
Date published: 2018-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked! A book with great characters and a great storyline. Once you pick this book up, you won't be able to put it down.
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So freaking good! The world building, the magic system, the characters, the writing absolutely everything about this book was perfect. I was completely sucked in the book from the beginning to the end!
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Epic Read That Lived Up To Its Hype! ***Spoilers alert!*** ***4.5 stars*** What an epic read! This is an unbelievably good fantasy read that lived up to its hype! For magic to disappear for good, every maji had to die. As long as they'd tasted that power, they would never stop fighting to bring it back. - Tomi Adeyemi In the land of Orisha, the cruel and ruthless King Saran orders the massacre of the powerful maji clans in 'the Raid'. He believes that without magic, the land will be peaceful but in truth, it is his profound hatred towards the maji that drives him to eliminate them. Zelie, a maji of life and death (reaper) from the Iku Clan survives the Raid and is now under the training of the wise elderly woman, Mama Agba. One day, in Mama Agba's vision and chosen by the gods, Zelie, Tzain and Amari (princess of Orisha) are sent to an epic journey to restore magic in the land of Orisha. They have to retrieve 3 holy artifacts and complete a sacred ritual which can only be performed by a maji, at the Holy Temple on centennial solstice or magic will disappear forever. The world building is amazing! It is so well done - the different clans with their different magic and power, the society in the land of Orisha, the Orisha itself, the king and his kingdom, the creation of gods - all were written cleverly. I also enjoyed the atmospheric writing of Adeyemi which is evidenced in the battle scenes, the surroundings in their journey, the descriptions of the temples, and so forth. The plot is intense and engaging right from the beginning. In their journey to retrieve the artifacts, Zelie, Tzain and Amari go through challenging obstacles which involves battles and meeting new maji clans. As the story progresses with more intensity, so does their characters grow with more complexity - and I loved it! Friendships forged and strengthened, and romance between Amari and Tzain, Inan and Zelie blossoms too. The supporting characters are endearing too. The one and only thing that frustrates me about this book is how this story is written. Usually I do not mind reading a book from different perspectives. However, this story was told not only from 3 different perspectives (Zelie, Inan and Amari), but their stories were written in very short chapters too. I had to constantly switch between the characters in my head and it was very confusing; sometimes I even forgot which character's perspective I was reading from. Children of Blood and Bone is a moving tale of love, betrayal, injustice and forgiveness. It is well-paced and there was never a dull moment. Intriguing plot, well-developed characters and magical storytelling - all the elements of an epic read! I wait in anticipation for the next book and it is already killing me slowly here.
Date published: 2018-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Children of Blood and Bone - Looks like: a mesmerizing maji - Sounds like: air-crackling power and grief - Tastes like: sparks of electricity - Smells like: fire and ash - Feels like: magic Side note: once again, Bahni Turpin did an amazing job narrating this powerful story (she also narrated The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas). I definitely recommend reading/listening to both novels! Go, go read them now!
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely a Re-Read | In Love I will not lend this book out. Lol I couldnt put the book down. I was hooked on this one. What a gripping tale. My 15 year old daughter is reading it now. Im anxiously waiting for the sequel of this AfroFuturist Fantasy. This was a Wakanda meets Harry Potter story.
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Strong beginning to a Trilogy This was a quick read with a fairly standard teen fantasy plot - that said, I enjoyed my time reading it and the setting was unique for the teen fantasy genre.
Date published: 2018-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great interesting world that's crafted in this book. worth the read
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good Orisha used to be a place of magic, where the magi were revered for their powers. But, when Zelie was just a young girl, all the magi (including Zelie’s mother) were killed and magic was extinguished by order of the king. Children younger than thirteen were spared, since they did not yet have their powers. Now, they are treated as second class citizens or outright slaves. When a sacred magical scroll is recovered and stolen from the palace (by none other than the princess), Zelie finds herself with the chance to bring magic back to Orisha and strike against the monarchy that killed her mother. To do so, Zelie, along with the princess Amari and her brother Tzain, must outrun the army hunting her down. This is book one of the Legend of Orisha trilogy. This is an interesting series, even though I'm not a big fantasy fan.
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So interesting! I picked this up a few weeks ago and completely devoured it in one day! The writing was stellar, the characters were so well-developed, and the world of Orisha was described so vividly I felt like I was standing alongside Zelie and Tzain. Highly, highly recommend this book. 4.5/5 stars. Can't wait for the next installment!
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Debut Novel This was a wonderful debut novel. I enjoyed the plot so very much and I loved how the author approached some of the main themes (racism,class,gender,etc.). The only issue I have is that I wished we had a bit more worldbuilding, and there's a romance between two characters that I didn't care for. I can't wait for the other books to come out!
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! This was the best debut novel I've read in a while. I hadn't picked up a YA or fantasy novel in years and this did not disappoint. The characters are well developed and rich, there's non-stop action, and the world building is thoroughly done - what's not to love? This is a page turner and a quick read despite the initially intimidating 500 page count. Tomi Adeyemi is incredibly gifted and I'm awaiting the second installation with bated breath!
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book I've read this year! This book was great - so great; that I'm re-reading it. The first chapter had me hooked and I couldn't put the book down.
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED! I could not put this book down, loved the story and the characters. I can not wait for the next book!
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! I was hooked from the first chapter. I am now impatiently waiting for book 2!
Date published: 2018-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner! Beware spoilers ahead! Trigger warning: Genocide, slavery, torture, abusive parent, discrimination, assault, colorism, and oppression. GR Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge: Sand Between My Toe's, Hook 'Em, and Sports-a-holic. Tome Topple Readathon Round 6. Last year I got a sample from Netgalley. I was so intrigued and thoroughly enjoyed reading the sample! Naturally I bought the final version. I am happy to say that I enjoyed it! 11 years ago King Saran ordered the murders of the former Maji. The same day that the Maji lost their powers leaving them defenseless. Zelie witnessed her mother being murdered. The King also ordered all the dead Maji to be put on display. So as to make the diviners fear him. In secret Zelie and other girls in her village get training from Mama Agba. Mama Agba teaches them how to defend themselves with a staff. To further make the diviners miserable the King increases the diviner tax. In an attempt to be brave Zelie angers the guard and nearly gets herself killed. Much to Zelie's surprise Mama Agba allows Zelie to graduate and awards her with a metal staff. Zelie arrives to terrible news. Her father nearly drowns in an attempt to keep her from becoming a slave. Zelie agrees to sell fish in Lagos which is the capital city. While there she runs into the princess who is on the run from her father. Zelie, Amari, and Tzain (Zelie's brother) then embark on a journey to bring magic back. It's been a long time since I've read such an intense fantasy! I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The B & N edition comes with an annotated chapter, and the map of Lagos. The hardcover is also a different color. Narrated in first person the book follows Amari, Zelie, and Inan. There is also a one page prologue and an epilogue. The point of views' are actually written well! You can tell that their different people. The world-building and magic system were incredible! Zelie lives in a very gruesome and tough society. When magic makes a vague comeback it got really intense! I enjoyed reading about the journey to all the sacred temples. And the I really liked that there were objects tied to getting magic back. There a huge part that mythology and religion plays into the story. I found the whole concept to be original. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the culture. Such as food, clothes, and language. I'm just going to say this first: I understand why people don't like Zelie. Zelie spends a majority of the book being angry. And she usually took it out on Amari and Tzain was always stuck fixing the mess. The reason I actually liked all the characters is because they were understandable. While Zelie could be a real pain, I understood where she was coming from. And she did actually develop throughout the book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading from Amari's point of view! It was lovely to read about her journey and struggles. I liked how Binta was a strong motivation for Amari. In some books said dead character usually disappears 20% in. That didn't happen. From the beginning to the end Amari is always thinking about Binta. I also liked how Zelie and Amari came to be friends. Their chapter together was fantastic! I found Inan's chapters to be the most insightful. His character was very interesting. I enjoyed watching him develop and reading about his outlook on the world around him. While he did a lot of questionable things I understood his motivations. I look forward to his journey in the sequel.  I'm kind off hoping that for the sequel we'll get Tzain's point of view. I would love to read his thoughts! And hands down Tzain is my favourite character. He's serious while also showing a goofy side. And he's a very fair person.  I really liked how there was a large focus on family! As someone who has siblings it was so much fun to read about the relationship's between Amari and Inan, as well as Zelie and Tzain. Even the King's relationships' with his children. Mama Agba was a mother figure to Zelie and Tzain. And I really loved Zelie's father! He was so sweet. Onto the romance! I loved Amari and Tzain together! They developed such a sweet relationship and get along so well. They bring out the best in each other. I would love for them to be official in the sequel. As for Inan and Zelie I felt nothing. Yeah they got along but it came it off nowhere. It'll be interesting to see where the sequel will take them. I liked the involvement of Zu's crew as well as Tzain's opponents. They made the story and the journey to get magic back so interesting. I am really looking forward to reading about them again in the sequel!  There are some deaths'. Starting from the beginning of the book. I appreciated that the author didn't hold back. I'm sort of weary and curious as to who will die in the sequel. I only had one problem. I honestly did not understand Zelie and Inan's relationship. They spent a good bit of the book hating each other. Inan was trying to kill her. They had an opportunity to work together. Which lasted two days. And somehow in those two days they were basically in love. They moved very fast. It was very surprising. Overall I really liked Children of Blood and Bone! I high recommend to fantasy fans.
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book Great setting, characters, fantasy world and also touches on issues relevant today.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good This is a love letter to my Avatar The Last Airbender heart. I think that it had a beautiful representation for black men and women, and speaking against racism. I look forward to rest of the series and for more books giving voices to those who have had theirs taken away for too long. I don't think things need to be absolutely original, as long as you make it your own which Adeyemi does. The world is rich and well developed and the magic system is awesome (though not always explained). I have heard that 'when' this book becomes a movie it will be the closest we will see to an Avatar live action movie. Katara-Zuko fan favourite ship, (Zelie and Inan) The troubled dutiful prince warring with what is right and wrong (Zuko/Inan) (down to specific moments and turns) A Prince(ss) hunting down their sibling on orders of their father (Azula/Zuko) (Amari/Inan) Oppression of certain people (non fire nation/diviners/Maji) The brother and sister relationship (Katara/Sokka)(Zelie/Tzain) Mother being killed for being 'magical' (Katara/Sokka) (Zelie/Tzain) *extra note that it outwardly affects the sister more, though the brother admits it bothers him too Elemental magic Writing: 3 Characters: 2 Magic System: 4 Magic System (explained): 2 Relationships: 3 Themes: 4.5 Overall Enjoyment: 3.5
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2018 MUST READ! I was enthralled with this novel, the second I read the first chapter! The entire Fantasy world and premises is incredible. Her detail and originality works so well together, and I can't wait to read more!
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for fans of An Ember in the Ashes! This book is a magical debut that deals with important issues that are relevant to today, such as police brutality. The characters are all very complex and strong in their own ways, and the world is rich and immersive. Also, the story has a very similar feel to the Ember Quartet by Sabaa Tahir and deals with similar issues, the biggest being oppression. If you like those books, you'll be sure to love this one. I can't wait for the sequel!
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely Captivating i was always on my toes throughout the whole novel
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing read Such a well-written and interesting book. Loved every moment in the story, as well as the characters. Can't wait for the sequel!
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic, magical and breathtaking HOWWWWW DAREEEE YOUUUU. Like How dare you end the book like that???? I am a curious person. I need to know things. AND I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. If you can't tell, the book ends with a cliffhanger. Not in a bad way. I am just impatient and curious af. Children of Blood and Bone is a novel that follows Zélie, a girl who is visibly a maji due to her white hair. Her people were stripped of their power though, when the king of Orïsha wiped magic from the land and had maji slaughtered, including Zélie's mother. Her people are oppressed and treated like dirt. One day Zélie happens on a way to bring magic back to the land. She teams up with her brother and the rogue princess to do so, all while escaping the pursuit of the crown prince who seeks to prevent magic from ever returning again. This book is a tome. It's a brick. It's massive. My advance copy is 600 pages long and while it's a massive book, I managed to devour half of it in a single night, staying up until the wee hours of the morning. Children of Blood and Bone is a page turner that has you hooked on the rich world and the complex characters. And what a rich world Adeyemi has created! It's inspired by west African history and mythology as the author has stated. I have 0 knowledge about this, though I will later probably look it up on wikipedia and at the library simply because mythology is fascinating. There is a crash course video pertaining to an African pantheon of gods which coincides with the inspiration that permeates the world that the author has created. The world that Adeyemi has created has a clear and complex history with its brutal conflicts and its own lore. I've stated before that religions in fantasy novels is one of my favourite things ever and its no different here. The novel is told in differing points of view, switching back and forth between the views of Zélie, Amari (the rogue princess) and Inan (the crown prince). Through these different points of view we are able to empathize with these characters. They are complex and distinct, with their reasons on why they do the things that they do and really allow you to care about them. While I end up reading multi POV books often even though I'm not a fan of them, in this one it really worked well to see all sides of the story in a more intimate way than the omniscient POV. If you didn't know, this book was already optioned for film when Adeyemi signed her book deal and I can see why. There's a cinematic feeling to this book that I could really see while reading it. I'm a very visual person and I often visualize things in my head as if I'm watching a movie when I read. There are definitely scenes in this book I would love love love to see on film, especially the bits when Zélie sees the painted images of the gods. I really hope that the studio does the book justice, because this could really be magnificent. While this book was a page turner and a great read, I wasn't blown away by the book as some were and I didn't understand the screaming about it. That is, until I hit the last 30 pages. HOooooLLYyyyy. Yeah the beginning of this review is brought to you by my own screaming. It ends on the perfect note of wrapping up the book, but also leaving you wanting to know more. I empathize with all those who read this book early and have to wait longer than I do for the sequel. Children of Blood and Bone is a West African cinematic fantasy novel with rich characters and world that you'll stay up all night to read. I had a great time getting to know these characters and this world and I can now join the others who await the sequel with great need.
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Raw, magical, and heartbreaking. 4.5 The world, story, and characters that Adeyemi gave us in Children of Blood and Bone were so raw, magical, and heartbreaking. While the story takes place in a fictional world full of magic, you cannot help but feel how true to real life the pain of suffering of the characters were. Adeyemi gifted us with a beautiful book full of representation and commentary of the sorry state of affairs in our current world. (The only thing that held be back from a full ☆☆☆☆☆ was the character of Inan and his relationship with Zel.) This is easily a book I could have ripped through in a couple of sittings, I never wanted to put it down. But unfortunately, life and adulting got in the way. Cannot wait to see where this series goes, going to be a long year waiting for the sequel.
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Debut! 4.5 stars! I was so worried this was not going to live up to the hype, but it absolutely did! Children of Blood and Bone is set in the land of Orisha, which is a very lush and vibrant world. It has been 11 years since the King rid Orisha of magic and executed all of the Maji (the wielders of magic). However, he left the diviners, which are the children of Maji who have not yet matured enough to develop their magic. The diviners are identifiable by the white streak in their hair and the King continues to oppress them by increasing their taxes and forcing them to do brutal manual labour in the stocks when they can't afford to pay. Zelie is haunted by the death of her mother, who was a Reaper until the King destroyed magic and then strung up her mother with all of the other Maji. Zelie is a diviner, but her father and brother Tzain are not and she feels a constant threat to them. The attention drawn to her as a diviner puts the rest of her family at risk too. So she trains in the ways of the staff with Mama Agba in hopes of one day being able to fight back against her oppressors. On the other side of the Kingdom, Inan and Amari are abused by the King in an entirely different way. They are his children, heirs to the throne, but he shows them no love as he tries to toughen them up and prepare them to one day take the throne. Amari is the younger child and her father has all but given up on her. He believes her weak and she hides from him with her friend and servant Binta. But when a rare magical artifact shows up that threatens to return magic to the Kingdom, her father threatens Binta and Amari makes a choice to steal to the artifact away and in a chance encounter, teams up with Zelie to try and bring magic back. Her older brother, Inan, is commissioned to hunt down Zelie and Amari and return the artifact by any means necessary. Zelie, Tzain, Amari, and Inan are the main characters of the story and the novel shares narration between 3 of them. This would be one of my small complaints because I was curious why Adeyemi choice not to have Tzain narrate any of the story. I thought he was a fascinating character too and I would have really like to hear things through his perspective. We mostly only get his perspective through Zelie or Amari. I thought Zelie was a fantastic protagonist though. She's strong but vulnerable, a leader but still flawed. She makes mistake after mistake, but she is persistent and you can't help but love her. I feel like the author took her character through the ringer in this novel and I loved that she wasn't afraid to take risks with the plot. Parts of it were still a little predictable, but she throws in enough twists and turns and heartbreak that it doesn't really matter. The stakes were high. I loved Amari too. Inan is the dark, brooding villain who you just want to see the light so badly, but you never really know if he is capable of turning against the brutal upbringing that has been ingrained into him by his father. But Amari is soft spoken and timid and I love those quieter female characters who demonstrate different kinds of strength. She struggles to fight or kill, even though she's been trained by her father her entire life, yet her love for her friend drives her to take the ultimate risk to steal the scroll. She had so many opportunities to turn back to her cushy palace life and even though she seemed weak to Tzain and Zelie, she never seriously considers abandoning them. I'd admired her tenacity. If I'd grown up in a palace I think one look at poverty, hunger, and violence would send me running back to my tower. I love bad-ass characters like Zelie and Celaena Sardothian and Katniss Everdeen. But I also really appreciate those softer characters who fight their battles through other means. Characters like Sansa Stark and Hermione Granger and Amari. My other minor complaint would be about the romance. I liked that the romance wasn't central to the story, but I also had a really hard time buying into the romance at all. I feel like I was supposed to be frustrated with Tzain's views on the romance, but I actually think he had it completely right. I might have given this 4 stars in the middle of the book because of the romance, but I ended up liking some of the outcomes of the romance and how awry things ended up going, which I thought more accurate. So it gets the extra half star because I ended up actually being impressed with where the author took some of these relationships by the end of the book.
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic!! Hey you! Yeah you! Read this now. I'll just hover and wait, go ahead. But in all seriousness, I thought this book was sooooo enjoyable on so many levels. I really encourage you to pick up this book and be ready to enter the alluringly dark magical world of Orisha. The characters were hauntingly brought to life by Ms. Tomi. She built this incredible emotional connection, the type that we all crave when reading a story. I was not only invested in the main character, Zelie, but I equally enjoyed the perspective of the Princess Amari. She was such a bright star in the book and was some one you were proud to see their journey. Ms.Tomi drew me into this West-African influenced magical land of wonderful legends of Gods and the almighty Sky mother. If anything, I wanted to hear more about the of gods and even more about the history before the raid, before magic disappeared. I absolutely loved her ability to describe scenery and characters. I would take moments (sometimes as I'm washing my hair) and picture what their white lock and silver eyes and their beautiful kaftans looked like. I do agree with some of the other reviews I've read on goodreads, that there were times where the book lagged in between big events. It did feel a tiny bit too long, but the ending was so enjoyable, that it more than makes up for it. I also found the changing perspectives (although were enjoyable) sometimes added confusion. At times, I would get confused some times who was talking so I would have to back track. But hey - I’m looking after my now 8 month old and sometimes mom brain takes over. If you are into fantasy, this is definitely a requirement for your collection. It’s not the typical fluff and there is a deeper meaning and obvious political statement behind the fantasy. You grow to care about the characters and feel their loss alongside them. I hope you enjoy this journey as much as I did. Please read the authors note as it was just so important. Especially with the recent release of Black Panther, the timing of this novel couldn't be more perfect.
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good start! I liked the world building, the magic system - everything was clearly explained - and how complex the characters are. But there were quite a few issues that make me unsure with how to rate it. - There isn't a lot of character growth for Amari - although we do seem some, it only happens the last 50 pages of the book. - This book suffers from instalove, and it's unfortunate because it's also just not believable. Inan is such a complex character, it's hard to understand him. For the most part, I stayed suspicious of him (and with good reason!!!), became irritated, and kept thinking 'wtf?!' and 'why?!'. I'm making assumptions now, but I'm hoping that (view spoiler). I wouldn't be sad if he were to go... - The book was a bit too long. Usually this would also follow with "and it was also boring" but in this case it wasn't. There was enough action and interest going on that I wanted to keep reading - it was just so long that it made me wonder if certain parts were necessary. That said, I wish the ending wasn't so abrupt. Throughout the entire book we have a buildup of a certain event (not saying because it may be spoiler-y), and yet once the event takes place, the book ends. SERIOUSLY?! *insert crying because I now have to wait a year for the next one* Needless to say, I will be continuing with this series!
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engaging and entertaining I devoured this book in 3 days flat. The action and the characters are so compelling that I just couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good start to the series! FINALLY. It felt like I was reading this book forever. Let me explain myself. It took what felt like a lifetime to get through the first 200 or so pages. For some reason I just couldn't keep myself engaged with the story. This might easily be explained as a "it's not you, it's me" situation, but I also just don't think there wasn't anything interesting happening. It's not until we get into the meat of their quest that I really felt a connection to the story. BUT, when that finally happened, I was hooked! I finished the last 300 pages within a day or two, and now I'm eagerly anticipating the sequel. I really deliberated DNFing the book for the longest time, but I'm glad I pushed through - if only because everyone and their mother loved it and it's going to be a movie at some point. I loved the cast of characters and enjoyed every POV. The relationships were phenomenally written, although I did have some eye-rolly moments with the main ship. But there's one I'm hoping happens in the sequel because I really liked this character the moment we met them. I didn't love the magic system as much as I wanted to, but I think that's due to the fact that I wanted to see MORE. I'm sure that problem will be solved in the second book. If only those first 200 pages kept me hooked, as I would have loved it so much more. But that ending was killer and I'm dying to know what happens next. I have so many questions!!
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! A compelling start to the series. Zelie is a fierce protagonist.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not drop it I finished this book in 2 days. Being nigerian I liked the little Nigerian history she incorporated also the language.
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great new series! I really enjoyed this book! The way Adeyemi tackles important issues that face society today and translates it into a fantasy book is amazing. Her portrayal of women made me squeal! I love the strong female characters in this book, it's everything!
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read!! This book has been sitting on my to read for a few weeks until I finally picked it up. My Gosh what a read!!! Loved it from start to finish and could not put it down!!! The character development is fast paced throughout the book but completely believable and helped me fall in love with the characters even more!!! Would 10000% recommend.
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good there are boring times but a good read nonetheless
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it Being a Nigerian/Jamaican I was looking for authors and stories I could relate to. Of course, I can't relate all that well to the magical aspects, but finally, I found a story that showcased strong black characters outside of the usual roles that they play. I'm so glad i found this book and i would reccomend it to anyone looking to try something new!
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 4.5 stars I have finally caught up with the rest of the world and read Children of Blood and Bone. Tomi Adeyemi’s debut is absolute gold. I think the strongest part of this book is the world building. Adeyemi has created a world full of depth and texture. From language to city structure to clothing, the incredible details provided draws the reader into the story very quickly. I could picture it all in my head easily. I think it’s safe to call Children of Blood and Bone an epic, with a journey that rivals more than a couple of classics I can think of. The plot itself is strong, although there did seem to be some padding that could have been trimmed. Some of the barriers Zélie had to overcome felt… redundant I guess? It was frustrating to read through when I couldn’t see the payoff for each time she was waylaid on her journey. But maybe it’ll become more relevant in book 2. The writing reminded me a lot of Leigh Bardugo’s work, especially her Grisha trilogy - which I love. Especially the twist at the end! If Adeyemi continues to write at that level she has a fantastic career ahead of her. I look forward to seeing how the rest of this series pans out, and watching the movie currently in development.
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST READ THIS YEAR this well probably be the best and favourite I read this year so fair!! This book was absolutely amazing. every aspect of the book was brilliant I cannot think of anything negative to say about this book!! The plot of the book was beautifully constructed. It was amazing to see the transformation and growth of each character from the beginning and end of the story. I loved how it was told in different perspectives of some of the main characters, it really allowed you to connect and understand the characters more. I can't wait from the sequel next year!! Definitely worth the hype!!!!
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Got me hooked from the first chapter! This book got me hooked from the start. It’s been a very long time since I’ve had a story capture me this intensely. While the size of book is intimidating at first, being one of those “What did I get myself into” moments, you’ll be glad it’s this long once you start reading. You won’t want it to end! The pace of the book is very fast, which I love. The author doesn’t dwell on the details but still manages to have enough that you can easily picture everything that’s going on. Sometimes you want to cheer for our group of heroes, and sometimes you really just want to yell at them “What are you doing?!”. Some plots were to be expected, but a lot of them weren’t. The story keeps you on your toes, wanting to know if they will reach their ultimate goal.
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this 100% I bought the ebook on Sunday, couldn't wait for a hardcover as I read the sneak peak. This book captures you so deeply, leaving you wanting to know what happens next or what everyone in the book is thinking will happen. You cannot predict what happens next that's what I love the most. You imagine yourself in the play itself. It is a wonderful book. I cannot wait for the next one to come if there is anyone. If you are looking for something different, exciting and captivating, you would love "The Children of blood and bone" no doubting it.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing I love the magic the author embedded in this book. It was really action packed and full of twists. I did not see the ending coming. I can't wait for the next book!
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful YA Fantasy ( True Rating : 4.5 Stars ) "I won't let your ignorance silence my pain." Children of Blood and Bone is a West-African inspired YA fantasy novel set in a world where magic has been taken away. We follow Zélie, a girl who witnessed her mother being killed for possessing said magic, as she goes on a quest to restore magic back to the land with the help of her brother and a runaway princess. Okay, so. I have a lot of feelings about this book, so this might not be my usual one-paragraph long review. Let me start this review by saying that this was my most anticipated book of the year, and that, therefore, my expectations might have been a bit too high. Which meant that I was quite disappointed when the first half of this book felt more like a 4 stars to me. Thing is, I loved the world. I loved the characters, and I loved the magic system. My problem was with the plot. Thing is, I'm not a big fan of chase scenes and limited amounts of time to do something. And that's basically the plot of the book. Still, the characters and the world fascinated me, so the first half was still a solid 4 stars in my mind. Then came the second half of the book, and wow. Even though the plot stayed the same, things happened that brought the second part of the book back up to a 5 stars in my mind. Even though I wasn't a big fan of the main romance, the rest of the story in the second half fascinated me. I'm not exactly sure I can explain why, but it drew me in in a way the first part of the book didn't manage to. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I had grown more attached to the characters through the book, or that that part of the plot just started to work with me better. Like, I literally cried during the second half of the book, and I barely ever cry in spring. Because, yes, there are seasons in which I cry more. But spring isn't one of them. Anyway, I'm getting away from the point of this review. All in all, I loved this book. The things I didn't like in the first half are a 'me' thing, and have nothing to do with the quality of this novel. This is an important book, and if you're into YA fantasy, then I 100% recommend it. Also, the author note at the end? Make sure you read it.
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Action packed and full of twists For fans of fantasy, this is a must read. This book includes politics, complex relationships, and layered POC main characters.
Date published: 2018-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lo So wonderful. Totally lived this book. Can’t wait to read again!
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a Debut! *I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review* Children of Blood and Bone is an African inspired fantasy novel. It is set in the fictional land of Orïsha. The entire premise focuses on a battle to suppress magic vs. restore it. Racially charged violence drives the conflict by enslaving and inciting death. Adeyemi incorporated everything that a fantasy novel needs: unique magic, a divided royal family, fantastical animals and an inspirational hero. The ARC contains over 600 pages but the pacing was well done and I devoured it in a matter of days. I think it has great potential as an adult crossover (because it reads fairly mature). Children of Blood and Bone is told from the alternating perspectives of: the main character Zélie, Princess Amari and Prince Inan. Each character reads well and is extremely relatable. Overall, I am happy to report that this book actually lived up to the hype (and then some)! Recommended for fans of: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken and Truthwitch by Susan Dennard.
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful, Magical, Hard-Hitting Debut Children of Blood and Bone is a GROUND BREAKING magical book that makes you feel grief, oppression, love, family and most of all, magic. It has all the right elements, realistic characters that you root for from page one, a GORGEOUS cover and basically the epic black protagonist book we’ve all been looking for. MY THOUGHTS: 1. I took this book on a photography trip with me, up North, and through the most hectic week of my life, all I could think about was going back to the bus/ room and reading more of this BEAUTY. 2. I am OBSSESSED with books that are obsessed with magic and Children of Blood and Bone had it ALL. Magical artefacts, different kinds of power, the repercussions of using magic, the beauty within magic and the fight to bring magic back. I LOVED IT SO MUCH. 3. Tomi Adeyemi’s characters are STUNNING, but especially Zelie. I fell for this broken, magical, headstrong girl instantly and reading about the world through her eyes, and experiencing her grief was breath taking and I loved every second of it. Her hate, her hope and her need for change was so raw, and she clawed her way into my heart. I also ADORED Roen, and I hope he has a much bigger role to play in books to come. 4. I also LOVED Inan, the prince and Tzain, Zelie’s brother. I was a little disappointed that Tzain didn’t get a viewpoint in the book, because he was such an important character. Inan, however, HOLY WOW. His character development and his thought process and responsibilities were so well written that I craved more from this tortured Prince. 5. Amari was definitely my least favourite character among the four. While I liked her growth, I simply failed to connect with her. 6. THE PLOT AND WORLD BUILDING IS INSANE, AND DEFINITTELY #1 NYT BESTSELLER WORTHY. There was always something happening, always another plot twists or characters surprising you and it kept me on the edge of my seat! 7. My favourite part of this book, however, was the parallel that Tomi Adeyemi drew to the Black Lives Matter movement in her fantasy world. Just like Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give, I felt everything – the pain, the oppression, the need for justice, fairness and compassion. It was a beautifully written book. A stunning, beautiful, hard-hitting, magical debut novel, with brilliant women that will remind you of Black Panther, set in the fantasy world of your dreams. 4.5 stars.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it so much I know it's early, but this was my favourite book so far this year. It grabs you from page 1, the action never stops, and I could not put it down! The writing was beautiful too, and the characters were complex and relatable. I can't wait for book 2!
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutley Amazing I read an ARC of this back in November and I still rushed out to the book store the day it came out to buy the finished copy to reread and have - that's how good it was. This is one of the best books I have read in a while, the writing and world building is beautiful and the story is incredible. I'd give it 1000000 stars if I could. Can't wait to see more from this author, what a great and beautiful new talent to have in the book world.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I've read in a LONG time I received an ARC of this book through work. Hi yea, I'd like to start a religion around this book. I have not read a book this good and addictive in a very long time. It's absolutely amazing! The ending was...well shit got real, let's just say that. It's like Tomi went into some of my favourite books and took out my favourite parts a d somehow made them all connected in a story with tons of politics, magic, family drama, romance and realness. The last 50 pages destroyed my soul and I don't know how I am going to survive until book two comes out. I know the finished copy is something like 140 pages shorter but it shouldn't be because this 600 page beast was perfect as is
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stunning I'm so happy that this book features POC and the cover is absolutely gorgeous
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating and hard to put down Reading this novel was like body surfing waves at a beach. The story would be going along smoothly, floating in the swell, and then all of a sudden it would peak and crash down the other side and I'd have to re-orient myself to the latest plot twist. This style lured me in. It gave these calm moments to get to know Zelie and her brother Tzain and learn why their mother was killed. Zelie has inherited her mother's traits to work magic, but the king has killed all the magic practitioners and destroyed all their artifacts. Zelie, at most, can only imagine what it might have been like to have followed in her mother's steps. Amari and Inan are the children of the king and have been taught to fear magic due to the damage it has done to the the land and it's people. Duty above all is the mantra that Inan repeats to himself whenever he questions his father's brutal tactics. After witnessing her father commit an atrocity, Amari flees the castle in a bid for her freedom. I was captivated as I followed the intersecting paths of these four young people. For the most part, they acted as I expected with the exception of Inan. While his motivation was clear, he struggled with his conscience on how to respond. This helped make him seem very real. I do admit to enjoying the addition of magic to a story. It opens up so many possibilities for plot lines that keep me guessing. As I read along, I couldn't help but imagine the potential of the various maji and how they could benefit their society. This story should appeal to a wide range of teen readers, though I feel that due to the violence, it is most suitable for older teens.
Date published: 2018-02-09

Editorial Reviews

New York Times Notable Children's Books of 2018 Amazon Top 20 Best Young Adult Books of 2018 TIME Top 10 Best YA and Children's Books of 2018NPR's Book Concierge 2018 Great Reads ListBustle's Top 25 Best Young Adults Books of 2018 2018 Kirkus Prize Finalist Paste Magazine's 30 Best YA Novels of 2018Newsweek's 61 Best Books from 2018Boston Globe's Best Children's Books of 2018Publishers Weekly Best YA Books of 2018School Library Journal Best Books of 2018 Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2018 New York Public Library Top Ten Showstopper Favorite of 2018 (Notable 100 Books for Kids)A TAYSHAS 2019 Reading List Pick2019 YALSA Best Fiction Pick"A magnificent, heartrending, earthshaking debut." -New York Times-bestselling author Daniel José Older "High stakes, a captivating fantasy landscape, and a brave heroine worth rooting for make Children of Blood and Bone unlike anything I've ever read." -Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Beautiful Creatures and author of The Lovely Reckless "Powerful, captivating, and raw-Adeyemi is a talent to watch. Exceptional." -Kirkus, Starred Review"Adeyemi's devastating debut is a brutal, beautiful tale of revolution, faith, and star-crossed love." -Publishers Weekly, Starred Review"... Adeyemi keeps it fresh with an all-black cast of characters, a meaningful emphasis on fighting for justice, a complex heroine saving her own people, and a brand of magic made more powerful by the strength of heritage and ancestry. Perfect for fans of the expansive fantasy worlds of Leigh Bardugo, Daniel Jose´ Older, and Sabaa Tahir." -Booklist, Starred Review"...A refreshing YA fantasy with an all-West African cast of characters that should be on every shelf." -School Library Journal, Starred Review"This is an exceptional debut from the author and will have a huge audience desperately waiting for more. Children of Blood and Bone is perfect for fans of Nnedi Okorafor, Nancy Farmer, and Angie Thomas." -VOYA, Starred Review"Nigerian culture and geography... give this fantasy a distinct flavor, further distinguished by the intensity of emotion." -Horn Book "Meet Tomi Adeyemi-the new J.K. Rowling. (Yep, she's that good)." -Entertainment Weekly"Poses thought-provoking questions about race, class and authority that hold up a warning mirror to our sharply divided society." -The New York Times"A fast-paced, excellently crafted hero's journey.populated with compelling and nuanced black characters." -NPR"A debut novel that is nearly impossible to put down."-USA Today"Adeyemi's writing is beautiful and immersive.""A miraculous achievement." -The Guardian