Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone

eBook - 2018
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Seventeen-year-old Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250170989
Characteristics: 1 online resource (531 pages)
Alternative Title: Children of blood & bone

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JCLDevinB Dec 09, 2018

The queen of sci-fi and fantasy Ursula K LeGuin once said it is the job of fiction, and more specifically genre fiction, to tell the brutal truths to its readers and thus become the most honest lies ever told. Tomi Adeyemi does not pull any punches in The Children of Blood and Bone. If you are looking for a light-hearted fantasy adventure this is not for you. For a young adult novel this tale is exquisitely dense in terms of moral and philosophicall exploration. That being said Adeyemi is a master of story telling, the pacing of the novel and development of that characters is precise and poignant. I personally can barely contain my excitement for her next installment.

ArapahoeLauraRose Nov 05, 2018

Now THAT was some amazing fantasy world-building! There is already so much vibrancy and magic in Orisha in this book, with so much more to discover about its clans, cities, and peoples in the coming books. Each of the three narrators approaches their journey and their world differently, with their perspectives deeply rooted in their disparate histories and personalities. I am already deeply invested in the fates of Zelie, Amari, and Inan, and it's only book one! I'm so ready for more.

Oct 15, 2018

Slow to start but moves with great speed once you settle in. Stick with it and you'll be rewarded with a great fantasy novel from this new author. Can't wait to read the next one!

Oct 08, 2018

I wrote a long review on this book, so here is the jist of it. If you are interested in reading the whole thing, you can visit my blog here:

The author reallllyyyyy reallyy really pulls you into the story.
However, the King’s lack of care for people makes me uncomfortable. The book makes me a bit uncomfortable when Inan and Zel hug and then Inan touches Zel all over her body. There are also no more than 4 references to seduction. And the way the maji were treated by others is a bit scary. They are beaten, sent to brothels, or forced to work in mines.
However, if you can manage to glance over all the horrifying/awful/uncomfortable stuff, the story line is really good! That is why I HAD to finish it. I will not read the sequel; I’ll probably just read the ending summary or something or just read everyone’s comments.

Sep 29, 2018

Make no mistake, while the language is lyrical and the story is moving, this is an incredibly powerful meditation on genocide. I was often torn between the desire to keep on reading and the desire to make the story stop. Sometimes, I wished that I could somehow insert myself in the story in order to participate its the events.

Sep 16, 2018

This book was amazing! I couldn't put it down. The vibrant culture was skillfully woven through the story. I wish I could see this as a movie or series. There were so many powerful truths about humanity and how we view each other. Powerful

ArapahoeMaryA Aug 24, 2018

This debut YA fantasy boasts a badass heroine, epic battles, a touch of magic and a nod from the illustrious Jimmy Fallon...what's not to like?

Aug 22, 2018

Interesting plot and story line, but the characters weren't built up very much and the plot felt rushed. It felt like it occurred over 3 days, not a month. Zelie's sudden romance was silly and unnecessary, as was the death at the end. I'll still read the next book, I want to see where the rebellion leads and I like Roen.

ArapahoeRead Aug 22, 2018

An interesting fantasy novel that draws from African mythology to create an unique world. The story also comments on hate and prejudice, and the changes in POV are a nice touch. I'm looking forward to the rest of this series!

EvaELPL Aug 20, 2018

What an absolute delight. While this book is centered around several familiar young adult touchstones -- a fantasy dystopian society in upheaval, peril and intrigue, and a special girl who is the key to right it all -- it was still such a wonderful breath of fresh air in a sometimes oversaturated market. The elaborate world-building is rooted in West African culture and mythology, nearly the entire cast of characters is black (almost unheard of in the whitewashed world of mass market YA, particularly YA fantasy), and Adeyemi is a deft hand at weaving in timely issues related to social justice and equity: abuse of power on a structural level, colorism, systemic oppression and disenfranchisment, class and wealth inequality, and more. Every component of this novel is pieced together deliberately and thoughtfully with evocative and emotionally resonant writing, and the final product sets a new high bar for the genre.

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Oct 08, 2018

Sexual Content: Inan and Zel hug and then Inan touches Zel all over her body. There are also no more than 4 references to seduction. And the way the maji were treated by others is a bit scary. They are sometimes sent to brothels among other things.

Oct 07, 2018

Violence: Lots of people are seen dying. Even innocents. It was a bit unnerving.


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ArapahoeMaryA Aug 24, 2018

As it fades, I see the truth - in plain sight, yet hidden all along. We are all children of blood and bone. All instruments of vengeance and virtue. This truth holds me close, rocking me like a child in a mother's arms. It binds me in its love as death swallows me in its grasp.

Jun 13, 2018

Deep down, I know the truth. I knew it the moment I saw the maji of Ibadan in chains. The gods died with our magic. They are never coming back.


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Jun 13, 2018

Once, Orïsha was the land of maji, ten powerful clans, each with their own unique powers to command earth or water, life or death. But eleven years ago, King Saran conducted the Raid, cutting the maji off from their gods, and killing every practitioner old enough to have come into their powers. Only the divîners remain. Children at the time of the Raid, they will live their entire lives under the heel of the Royal Guard, derided as maggots, never coming into their inheritance. It seems that the gods have abandoned Orïsha. But tension is brewing in the royal family. Princess Amari’s best friend is a divîner named Binta, who serves as her chamber maid, and Prince Inan is hiding a dark secret of his own. Having lost her mother in the Raid, a young divîner named Zélie harbours a deep resentment for the royal family, and a longing for the Reaper powers she should have inherited on her thirteenth birthday. Instead, she trains to fight with a staff, and dreams of a day when the divîners will rise up against their oppressors. But the gods have plans to throw some unusual allies in her path.

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