Zélie Adebola remembers when the maji thrived; controlling water, fire, dreams, even the dead. But magic disappears when they need it the most. Now, there are no maji left and the king exercises complete and ruthless control. There is a way to bring the magic back, if Zélie, her brother, and Princess Amari can survive Prince Inan and the king long enough to do it.
Published: March 6th, 2018
Publisher: Henry Holt
Length: 525 pages (hardcover)
Series: Legacy of Orïsha #1
Mama used to say that in the beginning, white hair was a sign of the powers of heaven and earth. It held beauty and virtue and love, it meant we were blessed by the gods above. But when everything changed, magic became a thing to loathe. Our heritage transformed into a thing to hate.
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.
Reality told us we would fail. But again and again, we fought. We preserved. We rose.
THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING.
This book lives up to all the hype. ALL of it.
Wow, okay. I need a minute.
I picked this up at Walmart on a whim because it was $11, the cover was beautiful, and it had some really good Goodreads ratings. Boy, am I glad I bought this. This wonderful novel is beautiful inside and out. Let’s break it down, shall we?
Children of Blood and Bone is an epic fantasy that rivals some of my favorite YA fantasies like A Court of Thorns and Roses and the Illuminae Files. This novel weaves a world that balances both beauty and richness with violence and ruthlessness. Its an intoxicating blend of magical abilities, courageous women, giant regal ryders, and beautiful, exotic lands. It was hard to put down, and I found myself breezing through the chapters and staying up late into the night to read it. Not only was it a lot of fun to read, this book left me guessing and I always felt like I was learning new things about the characters and the world they live in.
The plot of this book was spot on. It starts out strong, drawing you in immediately, and carries that throughout the story. One of the things I liked the most was that the author didn’t pile you up with information in the first pages. I find that with a lot of fantasy books they try to get the ‘story’ of the world out really soon, but I liked that we learned a little bit at a time here. It wasn’t a book that was too fast paced or too slow at times, it was really appropriate and I kept reading because I wanted to see what happened next, not because I was bored and trying to push through scenes. Pacing is really important here because it is a bit of a bigger book and those can easily get boring for me if they move too slow or spend too much time on ‘filler’.
Children of Blood and Bone is split into three main POVs; Zélie, Amari, and Inan. In books like this there is almost always a POV I enjoy more that the others, but that wasn’t the case here. I genuinely enjoyed reading each POV and loved getting to see the thoughts and feelings of each character. It keeps things exciting makes it easier to connect with the members of the group, and here it highlighted the vast differences and similarities between Amari and Zélie. They may have grown up complete opposites, but they were brought together by mutual goals and a deep desire to make a positive change. They grow so much throughout the course of the first book, and I can’t wait to see how much changes during the second.
Everything about this book was perfect for me; the plot, the characters, the writing style, the richness of this world, and the depth of magic throughout. This was one of the books mentioned in my Summer Must-Reads post, and it needs to be on yours too if you haven’t read this yet. It’s a game changer for me and the world of YA fantasy, I think this will be one of the books I compare others to. While this may seem like a book based solely off this magical and mythical world, it deals with a lot of deep, important issues facing our society today.
It’s truly magical, and I cannot wait for the second book; partly because I want to see the characters again, but also because that cliffhanger at the end had me practically crying. Now, we wait very impatiently for 2019 and the release of Children of Virtue and Vengeance!
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