Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

 

About the book:

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.

Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled – Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.

Zélie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic – and her growing feelings for an enemy.

Review by Katy Haye:

I’m in two minds. There was so much to love about Children of Blood and Bone. The world-building and the premise of oppression and freedom was a fabulous foundation for the story, and the writing was magnificent, rich and glorious. The characters were utterly fabulous: complex and conflicted, I ached for them. They faced truly thorny problems and struggled with how to deal with them.

I did think the tension sagged in the final quarter of the book, which is a shame when you’re in the finale and everything should be crashing together. And then I’ll freely admit I didn’t even understand the ending. I don’t want to give a spoiler, but I assume it was supposed to be a massive twist to drive readers into the next in the series, but I didn’t find it particularly startling and I couldn’t understand why Zelie was so shocked and horrified. Sorry to report, it irritated me enough that I don’t think I’ll bother with the next, which is a great shame because it was otherwise a fabulous read.

Your experience may vary, and I kind of hope it does!

Can’t get enough of fantasy? Try Katy Haye’s Princess Witch series. It’s complete and ready for you to binge-read. Start Relle’s story with Dragon Thief. If you like magic, danger, deadly royals and a heroine who won’t accept her fate tamely, Dragon Thief is the book for you!

Cover graphic for Dragon Thief by Katy Haye.

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