Children of Blood and Bone Review

Title: Children of Blood and Bone
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Series: Legacy of Orïsha #1
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Publication Date: 08 March 2018
Source: Pan Macmillan South Africa
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Pages: 531
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reading Timeline: 04 April 2018 - 15 April 2018

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

This book has been blowing up. It is also one of Macmillan's biggest YA titles if the year. I am so excited to read this. It is based on Western African culture and I love reading books set in Africa. I have also heard incredible things about this book.

Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan South Africa for providing me with a copy of this book to review. Just a small disclaimer for those reading this review. I have received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

I love her writing style. It is plain but filled with mastery. The dialogue was beyond amazing and perfect. The detail in some of the scenes was just amazing. There were, however, times where it did get a bit heavy but nothing a quick five-minute coffee break can't fix. The world building was just incredible in this book. It is beyond that of some major authors in this genre like Maas.

Plot Thoughts:

This plot was amazing. It was filled with promises, hate, love and above all betrayals and action. It was amazing how everything unfolded. Adeyemi definitely has a powerful imagination. The intricate story that she just told in this book is evidence of that. It was amazing. The reader is pulled in from start to finish. We are constantly (in a well-planned manner) bombarded with emotions, well thought out subplots and so much more.

Character Thoughts:

All of these characters are just wow. The insight we got from the multiple perspectives was just incredible. There was so much inner turmoil and complexity that each of these characters possesses. I have never seen such a well-developed group of main characters.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, if you have yet to pick this book up, you have no idea what you are missing out on. This book is amazing. It definitely deserves all the praise it is getting and so much more. The writing is well beyond the skills of a traditional debut author. The world building is just out of this world. The plot is just full of twists and turns but there is definitely a little something for everyone in there. The characters are complex and feel so real. It felt as though I was there with them. Living through all their pain and adventures. Adeyemi is the author we have all been waiting for. Thank you so so so much to Pan Macmillan South Africa for sending me a copy of this book to review.

Yours in Reading,



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