Friday, September 21, 2018

Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Title: Children of Blood and Bone
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 6, 2018

Format: Hardback
Page Count: 525


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

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were 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 an enemy. (taken from

"Courage does not always roar. Valor does not always shine."

I know I'm like six months late to this party, but I'm here now! And boy am I glad I came. Despite the hype that surrounds Children of Blood and Bone, I was pleasantly surprised by how thoroughly I enjoyed this story. It's ingenious and riveting, and I can't wait for book two.

Most people have covered the best-selling points about this book, like the diversity and themes of racial inequality, justice, and stigma. I agree wholeheartedly with most of the reviewers who have talked about these aspects, so I won't speak too much on those.

What I found truly remarkable was Adeyemi's ability to create characters with such incredible, realistic moral compasses. She found a way to paint both sides of the story without taking away from her heroine's journey. I was most impressed by Inaan, and although I can't say why without including spoilers, I will say that Adeyemi blew me away with her character development.

Also, that ending? Phew. Imma need someone to get me an advanced copy of book two pronto because I'm not okay.

If you, like me, have been keeping this one at the bottom of your to-read stack, stop procrastinating and pick it up now. There's a reason people are going crazy for Zélie and the rest of her courageous crew.