Children of Blood & Bone by Tomi Adeyemi | Epic West-African Inspired Fantasy

Woah, woah, woah. Children of Blood & Bone is an absolutely incredible book. Tomi Adeyemi’s debut is a West-African inspired fantasy story and it’s definitely unlike anything I’ve ever read before! I started reading it while I was in a reading slump but once I picked it up, I just couldn’t put it down! I literally used every spare minute I had during the day to read and I’m just so sad we have to wait for the next instalment! The book isn’t officiall out yet, but my review is completely spoiler free!

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book. 

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My Review

I was interested in Children of Blood & Bone from the moment I first heard about it and I sort of forgot the title for a while. Then I found it again and I was so excited! A West-African inspired Fantasy? Sign me up! This book was/is hyped. So much. But there’s no book that deserves the hype more. Children of Blood & Bone is absolutely amazing and Tomi’s Adeyemi’s writing style is beautiful. One of my notes says “This feels like the book you just finish in a day” and now I’ve finished it, that’s still true. I usually wouldn’t be able to read a big, full fantasy novel in a day, but that’s seems different with this book.

I found Children of Blood & Bone quite complex, yet easy to follow. It was so easy to get lost in Zélie’s story and I just couldn’t put it down! That hadn’t happened to me for a while, which made it just a bit extra special. It really got my out of my reading slump! The plot can quite easily be explained as “an adventure to restore magic” but it’s so much more than just that. The way magic works in this world is incredible. There’s this entire system in place and I guess in a lot of books it wouldn’t work or I wouldn’t like it as much, but Tomi made it understandable and explained it perfectly well. Besides that, the “race against the clock” element kept me captivated in the story.

I absolutely loved every character in Children of Blood & Bone. I genuinely don’t think there were any that I disliked (except maybe some of the bad guys, of course!) Zélie is such an incredible main character. I love how she describes her world and the magic in it. She’s also such a realistic character. I really liked Amari as well. I didn’t really “see” her as a princess for a while but her character development was amazing! Sometimes I struggled a little bit with Zélie’s brother, Tzain. But in the end he was such a great guy! My favourite has got to be Inan. He was so terrifyingly unpredictable and that’s really what I loved most about the book. I also loved how much he loathes magic. I feel like we never really read about characters who hate the magic of their world, it was refreshing. All these characters really kept me on the edge of my seat. It was so interesting to follow everyone and see how they developed and changed throughout the story.

The end of Children of Blood & Bone was epic, to say the least. My heart was racing and it was just so good and unpredictable and it really left me wanting more! There’s a cliffhanger which can be the worst thing ever, but this one is done so well that I’m actually loving it. I really cannot wait for the sequel!

My Rating

Children of Blood & Bone is an incredibly original debut and I would be crazy to give it any less than five stars.

About Children of Blood & Bone

Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir.

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.

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