Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone

Book - 2018
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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
Branch Call Number: Y SF
Characteristics: 531 pages : map ; 24 cm


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Jul 23, 2019

This was a fun read.

Jun 26, 2019

In Orisha, magic has disappeared and now all maji are oppressed. Now, Zelie Adebola goes on a journey with her brother and a rouge princess to preform a ritual that will bring magic back.

3.5/5 : This book is ok. It's an average YA fantasy novel, but has a lot of potential. I enjoyed reading it. I always anticipated what would happen next, and I was frantically reading to find out. It is also admirable what this book is trying to do; basing a fantasy world off of African mythology; addressing issues like oppression, colorism, etc. in a genre that doesn't explore these topics. However, despite the strong worldbuilding, many aspects of the book were weak.

The writing in this book was ok, however, Adeyemi is very good at writing violence. There were a lot of fantasy tropes - burning down a village, a big arena battle, being kidnapped.. that just felt out of place to me. Another problem I had with this book is that there were a lot of extreme emotional moments that felt overdone and out of place. Example: transitioning from Zelie enjoying herself in the festival to being brutally tortured. The sudden change in mood and tone made it feel out of place to me. Another example included the people in the Stocks. They were described as emaciated bodies, more skeleton-like than human. If it were me, I would be horrified. But Zelie and Amari talked with them as if they were just normal prisoners. But they aren't. I also feel like the characters, especially Zelie, had room for more character growth, but I recognize this is a series so that'll likely come in future books.

What I Take Away : Even when everything was taken away from Zelie - her mom, her magic, her home, her dignity, etc. - she still stood up and fought for a greater cause, despite being afraid. That in itself is true bravery.

IndyPL_AngieL Jun 21, 2019

“Children of Blood and Bone” is the first book in the “Legacy of Orisha” series by Tomi Adeyemi. This very well-written teen book tells the story of Zelie Adebola and her great desire to bring magic—long forbidden by the monarchy--back to her land of Orisha, a mythical city in West Africa. The book highlights the exploits of Zelie and her reluctant but powerful cohort, Princess Amari. Zelie’s brother, Tzain, is a secondary character in the book (though he shows his mettle more than once), as is Prince Inan, strong in body but easily led by others. “Children of Blood and Bone” is both quest and survival tale, with magic at its heart and strong young women at the forefront.

OPL_DavidD Jun 18, 2019

Some strong world building with a return of magic story. The different narrators all had their own voices and kept the stakes personal.

Jun 06, 2019

An interesting setting, but feels highly derivative, particularly of "Avatar the Last Airbender," and it's rife with YA cliches and saddled with a badly-written romance (which is itself a YA cliche unfortunately). This is her first book and hopefully she'll improve as a writer, but I could only get about 60% of the way through this before realizing everything was so predictable that I couldn't stay engaged with it.

DPLchandra Apr 20, 2019

If you are a fan of high fantasy, you cannot miss this one. Beautifully written, Children of Blood and Bone will suck you in. Anxiously awaiting the sequel.

Apr 18, 2019

This is sure to be a winning dystopian series. With the main characters Nigerian, female and the battle between magic and the non-magic world, it is a gripping story.

Apr 01, 2019

It’s not a bad book. The writing is solid enough, but the story has been told better. While I liked the main character well enough, it is not as good as everybody told me it would be.

Mar 02, 2019


LPL_VanessaR Feb 28, 2019

Zélie's world as an underdog, as a maji, as a child tethered to the whims of a ruthless kingdom does what anyone would do in her situation: fight. Orïsha is filled with the blood and bones of her ancestors and present. She faces betrayal, violence, love, and intense sadness in her quest to save her family and magic. Tears will be shed and hope will bloom while reading. I offer it to all readers to take on, even if it's a chapter at a time when it's intense, it's worth the journey.

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Oct 07, 2018

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Jul 29, 2018

8576601_ thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 18

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Oct 08, 2018

Sexual Content: Inan and Zel hug and then Inan touches Zel all over her body. There are also no more than 4 references to seduction. And the way the maji were treated by others is a bit scary. They are sometimes sent to brothels among other things.

Oct 07, 2018

Violence: Lots of people are seen dying. Even innocents. It was a bit unnerving.


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ArapahoeMaryA Aug 24, 2018

As it fades, I see the truth - in plain sight, yet hidden all along. We are all children of blood and bone. All instruments of vengeance and virtue. This truth holds me close, rocking me like a child in a mother's arms. It binds me in its love as death swallows me in its grasp.

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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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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