Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
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.
My second favorite book of 2018!
First off, this book is absolutely phenomenal, the world building is crazy intricate and different all on its own. Each chapter builds from the last, creating a whole atmosphere that was entirely well thought out since he very beginning.
Each character is complex adding the amount of realness you want out of characters. They each conflict between emotions because nothing in this story is easy, every chapter comes with a sacrifice the character must make, it impacts that specific character and those around them to a real degree. It’s just absolute everything you want out of characters in a fictional world. Not to mention, Zélie isn’t a flat character, she isn’t stone cold or constantly brave. You can see the author gave her depth in emotions which is kind of rare in young adult novels.
A very very tiny complaint I have is this, the romance in this between certain characters is a tad insta-love, which it’s fine, I don’ really mind but I just wish there was more evolving between it and not so instant.
This book has so much triumph of the heart, so much spirit, even in a world where people have been beaten down again and again. This book radiates STRENGTH. Also upon reading Adeyemi’s author’s note, it simply made sense and it brought me to tears. This book truthfully speaks volumes all on it’s own and i’m in awe.
I just believe everyone should take the time to read this masterpiece because it is staked with amazing lessons for life, it holds so much eye opening information that you can use to compare to todays world. It’s seriously a must read. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
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