Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Fantasy, Magic, and Young Adult
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 once magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, the maji were targeted and 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 leopanaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest threat may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers — and her growing feelings for an enemy.
Please let her fall in love with the princess. That’s literally all I need to like this novel. Please.
Other than that, the reviews I see for this novel are so varied. I see some that rave about it but it also seems like I see the exact same amount of people saying it’s not worth the hype. So I’m intrigued.
(Also, the author listens to BTS and I’ve been listening to them since I was like 12 so she’s automatically amazing and that means I really want to like this book)
So, lets get into this.
Thoughts While Reading
“Oh my goodness”
So she didn’t fall in love with the princess.
But this novel was still really amazing and had a particularly fantastic message. So let’s get into it.
Favorite Quote from the Novel
“I won’t let your ignorance silence my pain.”
– Zélie Adebola
*** SPOILERS BEGIN ***
So uhhh is it just me or is Tzain kind of an ass to Zélie at times? He, one more than one occasion, has told Zélie that she can’t do anything right and basically that she should stop trying. Which maybe like a defense mechanism but it’s still a little messed up. But even beyond that, he almost left her because she decided to trust Inan. Why would you leave her, honestly, what’s the logic in that? Even if he is going to betray her, wouldn’t you rather be with her when you can do something about it???
Other than these times, I thought his character’s personality was okay. His romance with Amari was cute, as well. (Her and Zélie would’ve been better but I’ll take it)
Zélie and Inan 🙄
WHY COULDN’T THEY JUST BE FRIENDS??? OR JUST TOLERATE EACH OTHER???
Honestly, I didn’t have a problem with the flow of their relationship because it is a common thing for people to become connected by the share of a traumatic situation. Beyond Amari and Tzain getting kidnapped, Inan also saw and felt her pain that was inflicted by his father. So I understand why that situation made them get close. Even still, though, their relationship was so forced and basically built on lies and false hopes. They were in love within a few days which is just unrealistic for the vast majority of people.
Also, it angered me beyond believe when Inan’s chapters were him trying to rationalize his father’s actions or how he should still destroy magic because it’ll save Zélie. No, you don’t have the right to make that choice. No one except Zélie does.
The IMPORTANCE OF IT ALL
No one can ever deny that our world was never like this. And no one can deny that it’s still bad now. Racism exists. Sexism exists. Discrimination exists. Homophobia exists. There are so many social problems this world has to face but I couldn’t say it better than Tomi, or Zélie.
We are all children of blood and bone.
We are all human. We all bleed. We all feel. So why the hell do some people not have the right to? Why are unarmed black humans getting killed in the streets? Why do humans have to hide how they feel, who they are in their soul, due to the possibility of getting beaten and killed? Why is this fear still here?
This novel brings so much awareness. It reminds people that we have come far, but there is such a great distance to go. It reminds us that change has come, but more change is still due.
Thank you, Tomi Adeyemi. For reminding everyone who reads this novel that we are all children of blood and bone. And we all deserve and should have the right to prosper and grow. But above all else, that we have the right to live as ourselves — the people we were born and destined to be.
Though Zélie is a close second, Amani is my favorite character. She goes from this shy and timid girl to The Lionaire — a woman who will fight the good fight and who is afraid, but does what needs to be done anyways, knowing that it’s right. She always wanted to do the right thing and try to make people see the right path but when they wouldn’t, she learned to step up and do what needed to be done. She definitely had the most growth and I found myself looking forward to her chapters.
Final Overall Review and Rating
My biggest complaint for this novel is the relationship between Zélie and Inan. Other than that, this novel was spectacular, in message and in execution.
Would/Will I Continue the Series?
Oh definitely. The next novel, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, is set to release sometime in 2019. Honestly, my only hope for the next novel is that Zélie isn’t too horribly hung up on Inan for the whole thing and that she doesn’t become blinded by the need for revenge.
Who Should Read This Novel
Those who need the reminder that they have a voice. And that no matter what anyone says, that voice is worth something. And that, above all else, they are worth fighting for.
- If you could be in one of the magic clans, which one would you be in?
- If you’ve read this novel, who was your favorite character? Why?