Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, 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 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 the enemy.
I received a finished copy of this novel from Pan Macmillan AU in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
Where do I even begin with this incredible book? I am honestly in awe of Adeyemi’s writing – I was captivated from start to finish with this beautiful written book. This book was hyped up so much and I can definitely say it did not disappoint – it was worth every bit of hype given to it.
Adeyemi has created such a unique world, from the characters, the world building to the incredible magic that left me wishing it was real! I just need to focus on the world building here – it was insanely detailed – but in a good way! I could visualise everything that was happening and picture the characters so well within my head. There are so many places visited within this novel and they were described so vividly!
This book deals with some big themes, such as torture, abuse, and prejudice – with race and power the major theme players within this book. It’s heavy at times and really makes you wish you could jump into the book and defend the characters – I got so angry every time the word ‘maggot’ was spat at a Diviner. The themes within this book are themes occurring in the real world. Children of Blood and Bone is a book with a voice that needs to be read and heard – it is so damn important. This book is a fight – a fight to be treated fairly, a fight for what is a basic human right.
Friendship, love, family and betrayal are also themes within this novel. It isn’t easy with a world filled with so much hate, but no matter what is thrown at them – including Zélie’s own disobedience and hot head, Zélie and her family stick together – they fight for one another.
I thoroughly enjoyed the multiple POV chapters, it was a necessity for a novel as big as this – I am not talking about page count, but the journey that the characters are on and to acknowledge the differences they have.
Zélie, one of our main protagonists is so very strong, she continues to fight on – despite all the hate thrown her way, the way she has been mistreated for simply being born the way she was.
Amari, the dutiful Princess, with a Diviner maid as her best friend – belittled by her own mother, forced to be a walking doll of sorts, Amari is stronger than she knows and with a heart of gold.
Inan, our troubled Prince – he is lost, and misguided – his hate unjustified – how it’ll end for him I have no idea.
Whilst we don’t get a POV chapter for Zélie’s brother Tzain – he is an integral character to the story, the rock for Amari and Zélie on this crazy adventure ahead.
My one critiscm of this novel would be Inan and Zélie’s relationship – I could see it coming from a mile away – which I wouldn’t have minded if it had of played out differently – I just wish it was longer in play. It just felt that it all occurred too quickly.
The plot of the novel moves quite quickly, but with the multiple POV chapters the book is quite long – but with Adeyemi’s writing it is easy to lose yourself within the novel and become immersed in the journey/adventure that the characters are on. When I got to the end of the novel I was left speechless and searching the pages for more – I am SHOCKED at the ending and NEED to know more – I NEED to know what happens next.
Children of Blood and Bone II could not come quick enough!