Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Published by Henry Holt on March 6, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
No matter how much I crave peace, the gods have other plans.
I am truly ashamed of how long it took me to read this book because it is brilliant and deserved to be consumed in a week or less. Life kept getting in the way or I kept having readers block, but I finally finished and now I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel.
Tomi Adeyemi put together a story full of adventure, sacrifice, heartbreak, and magic. Truly one of the most unique magic stories I’ve read in a while that has nothing to do with witches or warlocks or fae. A brand new type of magic that captures you and makes you want to learn more.
Children of Blood and Bone may be set in a fantasy world, but it has its roots in reality. It tells a story of people fighting for the right to exist and have a good life. It makes you think and makes you want to fight against oppressors for those who can’t.
I was immediately entranced by the world that Adeyemi created. It breathes and grows as you learn more about it.
There are multiple types of maji – the ones who wield magic in this world. There are reapers, healers, connectors, and many others that I want to learn about. Many were touched on that were not central to the story in this first installment. I hope in the coming books we learn more about the other types of maji as the story continues to grow.
Children has strong characters that you root for. Zélie went through a lot of growth throughout this book. There were some times at the beginning I found her to be a little too harsh, but with time she broadened her perspective of the world.
Amari was probably one of my favorite characters from the start, but watching her character arc as the story progressed was amazing to witness. Both female leads – and secondary characters – are badass.
544 pages may seem daunting but the pacing keeps it from lagging. You’ll want to finish this book as quickly as possible. Which is what makes it a great lockdown book. Bonus: it has a sequel. No waiting for the second. That reminds me I need to go order the sequel from my local bookstore.