Title: Children of Blood and Bone
Series: Legacy of Orïsha #1
Author: 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.
I was a little hesitant going into this book because of all the hype it had gotten since being published last year. I guess that’s always the case with hyped up books, but it had been sitting on my shelf for over a year so it was time to travel into the land of Orïsha.
And boy am I glad I went on that journey.
So many things happened in this first book. Sure, it was good-sized book, but wow. I can only imagine how much will happen in the sequel, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, set to be published on December 3rd this year.
It took me a little to get into the story, but I was then quickly gripped by the story as it progressed and evolved into something bigger.
The language is rich and flowed nicely. The descriptions were beautiful and you could really imagine yourself being in places like the temple of Chândomblé.
The characters were explored well and I think my favourite is Crown Prince Inan and his complex obey vs. disobey story. He has to deal with a lot of difficult decisions and I’m interested in how his character will develop throughout the next book. Duty before self. For some reason that makes me think of Divergent – Faction before blood. Though I can’t say that I’m a fan of having to put duty above all else, but maybe it’s “easier” when you’re raised into it like Inan.
Our main protagonist, Zélie, is a great lead character. She’s not perfect, she has her flaws, but she’s trying her best, doubting herself and her abilities in the process, but keeps going. She’s fueled by the bloody history of her childhood and it empowers her more than anything. She’s ready to fight.
The plot of the story itself is not necessarily original (nothing is these days), but it has a spark that’ll ignite you and each page of the book until the very end where you’ll be left at the edge of your seat, biting your nails as to what comes next. It’s a great fantasy story that has such great potential to evolve into something even greater in the coming books.
It’s a story you will immerse yourself in and not come back up until the last page is turned and even then you’ll itching to dive right back in.
Tomi Adeyemi has created a unique fantasy world that begs to be explored further and with a movie adaptation in the works as well, we will soon be able see the land of Orïsha come to life and I for one am incredibly excited about it.
Do I recommend this story?
Yes I do. It has gotten the hype for a good reason.
To any fantasy lover who craves a great story with characters you can love and hate (and maybe both) in a setting that will take your breath away.
Have you read Children of Blood and Bone? What did you think of it?