Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone

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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.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, [2018]
ISBN: 9781250170972
Call Number: ADEYEMI
Characteristics: 531 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects: Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
Magic -- Fiction.
Prejudices -- Fiction.
Government, Resistance to -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction.


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Winner - Debut author category; YA Fantasy & Science Fiction category - Nominee

AshleyF2008 Jul 02, 2018

This book has so much going for it that I have no complaints. Rich world, sympathetic characters, complex plot. I had a couple of worries that were resolved at the end. Looking forward to the next book!

sarahbru17 May 11, 2018

Characters: 9/10
Plot: 10/10
Writing: 9/10
This debut has rightly earned its reputation. Orїsha is a beautifully developed world. I loved that I had to look up words for clothing and food; the setting felt utterly real. The story had the familiar feel of any other YA fantasy, but the rich cult... Read More »

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Jan 04, 2019

Brutal, but effective. Definitely not for young children due to a fair amount of violence, but it's used masterfully here to tell a story full of compelling twists and turns. The plot of this story is self-contained -- but lots of open ends hint at the next installment. I will be continuing to read the next book in this series for sure.

Give to fans of Black Panther or the Throne of Glass books.

Dec 12, 2018

The world building in this book felt flawless. Too often authors spend page after page info-dumping on unsuspecting readers. Give us a little more credit! Adeyemi quickly and skillfully establishes Orisha as a place of oppression, simmering with anger... and magic.

The unlikely friendships (and more!) forged in this series were a bit predictable, but refreshing nonetheless. I am certainly looking forward to the second in the series.

JCLDevinB Dec 09, 2018

The queen of sci-fi and fantasy Ursula K LeGuin once said it is the job of fiction, and more specifically genre fiction, to tell the brutal truths to its readers and thus become the most honest lies ever told. Tomi Adeyemi does not pull any punches in The Children of Blood and Bone. If you are looking for a light-hearted fantasy adventure this is not for you. For a young adult novel this tale is exquisitely dense in terms of moral and philosophicall exploration. That being said Adeyemi is a master of story telling, the pacing of the novel and development of that characters is precise and poignant. I personally can barely contain my excitement for her next installment.

ArapahoeLauraRose Nov 05, 2018

Now THAT was some amazing fantasy world-building! There is already so much vibrancy and magic in Orisha in this book, with so much more to discover about its clans, cities, and peoples in the coming books. Each of the three narrators approaches their journey and their world differently, with their perspectives deeply rooted in their disparate histories and personalities. I am already deeply invested in the fates of Zelie, Amari, and Inan, and it's only book one! I'm so ready for more.

Oct 15, 2018

Slow to start but moves with great speed once you settle in. Stick with it and you'll be rewarded with a great fantasy novel from this new author. Can't wait to read the next one!

Oct 08, 2018

I wrote a long review on this book, so here is the jist of it. If you are interested in reading the whole thing, you can visit my blog here:

The author reallllyyyyy reallyy really pulls you into the story.
However, the King’s lack of care for people makes me uncomfortable. The book makes me a bit uncomfortable when 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 beaten, sent to brothels, or forced to work in mines.
However, if you can manage to glance over all the horrifying/awful/uncomfortable stuff, the story line is really good! That is why I HAD to finish it. I will not read the sequel; I’ll probably just read the ending summary or something or just read everyone’s comments.

Sep 29, 2018

Make no mistake, while the language is lyrical and the story is moving, this is an incredibly powerful meditation on genocide. I was often torn between the desire to keep on reading and the desire to make the story stop. Sometimes, I wished that I could somehow insert myself in the story in order to participate its the events.

Sep 16, 2018

This book was amazing! I couldn't put it down. The vibrant culture was skillfully woven through the story. I wish I could see this as a movie or series. There were so many powerful truths about humanity and how we view each other. Powerful

ArapahoeMaryA Aug 24, 2018

This debut YA fantasy boasts a badass heroine, epic battles, a touch of magic and a nod from the illustrious Jimmy Fallon...what's not to like?

Aug 22, 2018

Interesting plot and story line, but the characters weren't built up very much and the plot felt rushed. It felt like it occurred over 3 days, not a month. Zelie's sudden romance was silly and unnecessary, as was the death at the end. I'll still read the next book, I want to see where the rebellion leads and I like Roen.

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Oct 07, 2018

C_02 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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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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