2019 Book Review #10: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Children of Blood and Bone - Tomi Adeyemi
Finished March 6, took 14 days to read (I was very busy for work)
4 Stars on Goodreads
Genre: Young Adult
Rating 4/10 for 2019 overall, 2/2 Young Adult
This book was highly recommended to me by a dear friend and several of my favorite bloggers. Zelie is a young woman on the cusp of adulthood, trained in secret to understand the ways of the Maji. Magic ruled her lands in the past, but the King killed every Maji over the age of 13 over a decade ago, including Zelie’s mother. Her family is broken and struggling to survive in this oppressive regime.
Through a series of events, Zelie runs into the daughter of this horrible King and accidentally helps her escape from the royal palace. Along the way, magic is awoken again in the land, and Zelie recognizes her power as a Reaper or someone who can manipulate the dead. Zelie and the princess set out to reawaken magic permanently, aided by Zelie’s brother. All the while they are hunted by the Prince, who wants to destroy magic forever much like his father.
I really enjoyed the characters and world build in this novel. The mythical land has clear roots to Africa and similarities with many parts of African culture. I found that very refreshing since most Young Adult trilogies feature leading ladies who are stereotypically “beautiful” with blonde hair, blue eyes, etc. This book was a great departure from those other books.
While I wasn’t over the moon with the plot (there was a lot existential worry and boredom), I will definitely read the sequel which is going to be released this summer. If you like young adult trilogies with star crossed lovers, magic, and a maniacal King (don’t they all have one) you would enjoy this series. I will be recommending it to my friends.