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Published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers on March 6th 2018
Genres: Coming of Age, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and 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 the enemy.
Tomi Adeyemi’s debut novel Children of Blood and Bone is a masterful, unique, multilayered fantasy that outshines other already established fantasy trilogies out on the market today. Adeyemi’s style of storytelling is expressive, raw, and thought-provoking. Her cast of characters will take you on a roller-coaster adventure inside a beautiful world filled with pain, desperation—but also of laughter and, most importantly, one that instills the idea that hope and determination can change the world for the better.
It’s been a long time since I have been wowed by a book like this. I wholeheartedly believe Children of Blood and Bone went above and beyond the usual standard expected of your average YA fantasy novel. Adeyemi took old tropes and reshaped them into something new, something much more. There was nothing cookie cutter. I believed in the world system and I believed in the motives and desires of her characters. One of my favorite aspects was that the plot was first and foremost the most important priority and that romance wasn’t a distracter in any shape or form.
I had to rapidly blink back tears at the ending because it was so emotional. I wish one certain thing didn’t happen, but it just solidified how cruel and realistic this world was. I can’t wait for the sequel because I have so many questions.
Honestly—and if you can—preorder this book.