Release: 8th March 2018
Synopsis: 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.
The YA Fantasy debut that the world was waiting for is finally here, and it is taking the world by storm! If this isn’t on your TBR already, it needs to be!
This has been one of my most anticipated books of 2018 since it was announced, and I am still in awe that it is actually out for the world to read, because it is absolutely fantastic.
The hype has been very high in regards to this book, and there isn’t one bit that isn’t deserved. Adeyemi’s writing style is everything you could want and more. It has poetic elements, and flows so well that you can’t help but completely immerse yourself in the story. I was hooked from the very start, and the power of this book still has a hold over me now, it is magnificent.
There is a split POV within the book, and it works so well. The way that Adeyemi uses it to provide different perspectives on the same situation, and also uses the POV’s to portray the difference in being royal, and being labelled a “maggot” is so well written. I felt I got every part of the story, and the best thing being that I loved every single character.
The way Adeyemi creates her characters is as if the words have been lifted from the page and formed in front of you. Her descriptions of the characters, and the world in which they live, is so vivid that you can see everything develop in front of your eyes, and for such a high fantasy novel this is exactly what is needed. The world of Orïsha is so well developed, and detailed, it’s one of my favourite fictional worlds. I could see the beauty in the devastation it had already faced, and Adeyemi’s writing painted that so well.
Zélie and Amari are two of the most badass, fierce and loyal characters I’ve read about, and the entire way through I felt like crying because I just loved their drive and determination to always do better and strive to make a better Orïsha. Inan and Tzain were also so head strong and I loved seeing their inner conflict regarding certain situations, it made them feel so real and raw.
The magic system, and the unique power of the maji are probably my favourite I’ve ever read about. I loved how the history of the maji was filtered throughout the book, and you never felt like you were being bombarded with information. It all felt natural and added a perfect intrigue to the book, as you heard about more and more maji gifts. I loved how their gifts were so unique and well represented.
Speaking of representation, can we just appreciate how every single character in this book is a POC? EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON. This is what the world needed, and Adeyemi does it perfectly. I can only imagine how amazing it must be to grow up with role models such as Zélie, and see yourself represented within her, and let me tell you she is one amazing character to have as a role model.
The ending left me shook to the core. It was powerful, dramatic and surprising right until the end, but I could not have loved it more. I am desperately waiting for news on the second book because I am completely in love with this one!
Tomi Adeyemi is one of the most talented debut authors, and this book is a powerful representation for POC, for women, and for those who have always wanted to stand up for what they believe in. With it’s poetic and beautiful writing, and it’s stunning character development and world building – I can already tell this will be one of my favourite series.
If you haven’t picked it up yet – please go and get it now!
You can buy Children of Blood and Bone on Amazon UK here!
*NOTE: I was sent this book in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*