Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone

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Seventeen-year-old Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.
Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt and Company,, 2018
ISBN: 9781250170972
1250170974
Branch Call Number: Y SF
Characteristics: 531 pages : map ; 24 cm

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lukasevansherman
Jun 14, 2018

Fantasy has traditionally been dominated by white males, but that is starting to shift. We've seen the growing influence of writers like Ursula K. Le Guin (R.I.P.) and Madeline L'Engle on a new generation. Nigerian-American Tomi Edeyemi's sprawling, ambitious "Children of Blood and Bone," the first of a proposed series, is a fresh new voice in fantasy, one that brings a welcome Afrocentric, as well as female perspective to the genre. I wouldn't be surprised if we see a film version in the near future.

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shayshortt
Jun 13, 2018

Adeyemi has laid down the foundations of a rich world and magical system, albeit one that is in abeyance, more memory than practice for much of Children of Blood and Bone. This first volume is about the fight to restore magic, and explores the question of how the absence of power shapes a people. There is much interesting ground to be covered in the question of what happens when an oppressed group gains power and must figure out how to use it responsibly. Despite some choppy parts, I am looking forward to seeing how this series develops.

Find my full review at Required Reading: https://shayshortt.com/2018/06/12/children-of-blood-and-bone/

PimaLib_KarinaR Jun 06, 2018

After all of the hype about the book, I was super excited to finally read it! The cover art was stunning and I really liked the book. There was magic, adventure and unexpected twists! I thought it was a wonderful start to a new series (although I am not excited I have to wait so long to see what happens next!).

JessicaGma May 30, 2018

A brilliant YA fantasy novel that lives up to its hype, Children of Blood and Bone is really gripping. I also did not see the plot twist near the end....but a great set up for later. It's better than Beasts Made of Night, perhaps right up there with Akata Witch

MegH_OshLib May 25, 2018

I have been anticipating this book for roughly a year. There was an incredible amount of hype around this book for a quite some time.

Of course, people tend to get nervous when books are so hyped up. Will what you're finally reading live up to expectations? Will it not? Will it be slow to start, derailing some, before it takes off? Will there be a moment where you think to yourself 'oh no' before it immediately takes a turn for the worst? Hype can sometimes be a bad thing, setting the book up to be more than it could ever hope to achieve. 'Children of Blood and Bone' was not that book for me, it lives up to every expectation I had. A book with these characters and this plot was so very needed, I loved every moment of it.

The characters were incredible - their struggles, their grief, their anguish, their decisions were above and beyond in terms of relatability, realism, and emotion. The fantasy genre is my bread and butter, I adore it, and this story (this upcoming trilogy) is a beautiful addition to it. I can't wait to see what this will help inspire going forward because it absolutely is inspiring.

Now we rise.

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heartyreads
May 03, 2018

Such a wonderful and magical read!
I can't wait for the next one in the series. Worth the hype it has!

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lindseyanderson
Apr 28, 2018

I'd been anticipating this book for months. I was thrilled when I finally got my hands on it at the library! Unfortunately, I finished it feeling rather underwhelmed.

First, the positive. The world-building was fantastic. Adeyemi has created a truly unique system of magic. It's refreshing to see a story based in a fictionalized West Africa (Orïsha), where every character is a person of color. We need more of this! I also loved the friendship between Zélie and Amari, which develops in a very believable way. The plot follows a fairly typical hero's journey. Despite being told from multiple points of view, this is very much Zélie's story.

Ultimately, I found the book too long. I'm a fast reader and I struggled through it. I think it would benefit from being at least 150 pages shorter, especially since it is the first in a trilogy. I also didn't care for the romance between Zélie and Inan. I'm not one to cringe at romance, but their chemistry wasn't there for me and I felt it distracted from the overarching plot. This seems to happen often in YA fantasy!

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KlügerKater
Apr 27, 2018

Told from the alternate viewpoints of the main characters, this immersive fantasy series is a much-needed breath of fresh air in a genre that has long stagnated from the constant reuse of tales set in Medieval Europe. Instead, Adayemi has crafted an engrossing adventure, wherein characters of color are featured as integral figures, rather than assuming stereotypical periphery roles. The world-building and lore of this novel realm--Orïsha--are also derived from West African culture. Moreover, the interweaving of classic fantasy themes, like magic, and the contemporary Black Lives Matter movement, makes for a powerful, moving read. Adayemi's debut series will most certainly trigger a sorely-needed shift in the evolution of modern fantasy.

DCLadults Apr 23, 2018

This was a 4 1/2 rounded to a 5. I loved the story and the passion in the writing, but some of the action scenes could have been better developed, which is what cost it a 5 star rating. I connected with the characters and loved the subtle romance element. The author’s comparison to the African American experience comes through beautifully, but even more, she deftly shows how a conflict can continue to spiral out of control when fear and ignorance are left to rule our actions.

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jericho_0
Apr 23, 2018

Highly recommend this read. I loved it and couldn't put it down.

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shayshortt
Jun 13, 2018

Once, Orïsha was the land of maji, ten powerful clans, each with their own unique powers to command earth or water, life or death. But eleven years ago, King Saran conducted the Raid, cutting the maji off from their gods, and killing every practitioner old enough to have come into their powers. Only the divîners remain. Children at the time of the Raid, they will live their entire lives under the heel of the Royal Guard, derided as maggots, never coming into their inheritance. It seems that the gods have abandoned Orïsha. But tension is brewing in the royal family. Princess Amari’s best friend is a divîner named Binta, who serves as her chamber maid, and Prince Inan is hiding a dark secret of his own. Having lost her mother in the Raid, a young divîner named Zélie harbours a deep resentment for the royal family, and a longing for the Reaper powers she should have inherited on her thirteenth birthday. Instead, she trains to fight with a staff, and dreams of a day when the divîners will rise up against their oppressors. But the gods have plans to throw some unusual allies in her path.

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shayshortt
Jun 13, 2018

Deep down, I know the truth. I knew it the moment I saw the maji of Ibadan in chains. The gods died with our magic. They are never coming back.

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