Orïsha used to hum with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie Adebola’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. A ruthless king ordered all the maji to be killed, leaving Zélie and her people missing both loved ones and hope.
But when the change to bring back magic falls in Zélie’s lap, she has one chance to strike back against the monarchy with the help of a rogue princess. Zélie and her companions must both outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
I really liked reading this one!
I feel like I should start off with one of the best parts about this book: how it’s such an important path forger for diverse fantasies. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but a large number of the fantasy novels that have hit the bestsellers list recently have been by white authors. (The discrepancy is even greater when looking at debut vs. non-debut.)
As much as we champion diversity in our novels & in our authors, SFF is one of the genres that are woefully behind things like contemporary, and the fact that this book entirely black characters got so much buzz is honestly applause worthy, and I hope the bookish community will continue to help champion other diverse fantasies as we go on.
So Children of Blood and Bone, like The Hate U Give is doing really really great things for the bookish community. Similarly, it’s just an awesome book as well.
It’s definitely a long book, but I never felt bored reading it because it was fast paced and things were always going on.
I really love how Adeyemi introduced the magic system and shaped it in the way that there isn’t magic, but there’s stirrings of rebellion going on. The magic was very cool, and I definitely hope to see more of it in book 2, which I will definitely read.
Plus, the action was totally engaging (that ship battle scene was SO AWESOME) and it definitely helped the pages pass by. I liked all the fight scenes and they were all totally badass.
But the star part of this book was Inan. Oh, Inan my sweet, sweet tortured character. I really enjoyed reading about the other characters, although Zelie and Amari’s voices both sounded a bit similar, but Inan was really the star of the whole show. I loved how we really got to see the antagonist’s side with Inan’s characters, and I gobbled up all of his chapters in a snap.
Inan just had so many complexities and this level of darkness that wasn’t just a caricature, he had layers and I loved how Adeyemi developed his character. Inan was just a true pleasure to read and I can’t wait to see more of him in the next book!
I felt like Adeyemi made a couple debut-like mistakes (i.e. sometimes there was awkward dialogue) but I can totally tell she’s one of the authors that will get better with time.
The one thing I wasn’t too keen on was the romance. I just didn’t care. I wasn’t in this novel for the romance–I was in it for the badass characters and the action and magic. The romance was honestly lackluster for me because there were so many other things going on that I think there wasn’t enough development for this part of the novel. That doesn’t mean other people can’t get behind the ship, though.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading Children of Blood and Bone. Even though it wasn’t perfect, there were so many things in the novel that I couldn’t help but love and the sheer importance of this book is enough to make it necessary for everyone to pick up.