Title: Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1)
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Publisher: Henry Holt BFYR
Release Date: March 6, 2018
“We are all children of blood and bone. All instruments of vengeance and virtue.”
So I can definitely see what all the hype is about because Children of Blood and Bone is a fantastically captivating read that I couldn’t put down. In the land of Orïsha, magic had been lost since the King executed the Raid that decimated the maji population and severed the magical connection with the gods. But Zélie Adebola remembers and is determined to bring magic back. With her brother and an unexpected ally, Zélie must fight for not only herself, but her people, in this action-packed addicting story.
Things I Like
I immediately fell in love with Zélie. I found her to be headstrong, determined, and she had such strong conviction and beliefs that I felt like I really got to know her. She was also a little impulsive at times and stubborn, but they were genuine flaws that made her seem all the more real.
Orïsha is such a complex and rich world that I was drawn in completely. I loved getting to know about their history – the king’s relationship with magic, the Raids, the religious ties to magic. And I loved the oral history bit from Mama Agba in the beginning. It was all so interesting and created this lush world. I also LOVED the Magic System. It was cool to see the different clans represented and how they relate to their god.
Throughout the entire story there’s this big focus on theimportance of family that I really loved. Zélie’s mom is her biggest source of inspiration and everything she does she’s trying to honor her memory. Zélie and Tzain have a wonderfully complex and loving sibling relationship, while Amari and Inan’s is more cold and distant. Even seeing how Amari, Inan, and the King interact was interesting and important. Each relationship was unique and really highlighted the characters themselves, which I appreciated.
Things I Didn’t Like
I actually kinda liked Inan as a villain and seeing how his inner conflict and self hatred influenced his actions, but he was so wishy-washy and indecisive. I wanted more from him because he started to feel much more weak after flipping back and forth so many times.
I really thought the romance in the story was unnecessary. It was rushed and didn’t uplift either character and I didn’t really care for it.
I thought that the scene at the diviner camp was again a bit rushed. Everything happened so quickly that it didn’t really feel organic.
My minor complaints could in no way taint my joy at reading this story. It really captured me in a way that few books have this year. The magic, the world, the characters all felt so inviting and real that I couldn’t put this book down. Children of Blood and Bone is a story that highlights family and fighting for your right to not only survive, but to simply exist. I can’t wait to see what’s next in this action-packed story.
Have you read CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE yet? What did you think? Which maji clan do you think you’d belong too (I got Connector!). Share below!