Title: Children of Blood and Bone Author: Tomi Adeyemi Published: 8th March 2018 Publisher: MyKindaBook/PanMacmillan My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“They killed my mother. They took our magic. They tried to bury us. Now we rise.”
FIRST UP.. I MUST SAY.. OH MY DAYS! YOU GUYS! THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!
I was kindly sent two copies of this arc to review from the lovely publishers MyKindaBook and PanMacmillan! Because I was given a second copy of this book by accident I sent the second copy to my friend over on instagram, Emily! (@booklepuff) We decided to do a buddy read of this book and agreed to read 100 pages a day and talk about it that same evening. As this book was 600 pages, this would run over the course of six days, this was my first ever buddy read and it’s been such a fun experience!
Along with the copy of the arc, there was a piece of paper with a letter from the author but also a small bit which I think rounds up the story of Children of Blood and Bone perfectly and it goes like this:
“Children of Blood and Bone is an epic fantasy with an eye toward the reality of contemporary racial and socioeconomic power dynamics, drawing upon African history and mythology to tell a story of characters contending with colour, status and they want to be defined in a culture of fear. The highly original world it depicts – filled with magic, mythical lionesque creatures and beautiful villages built out of sand – manages to be at once fantastical and uncannily reflective of our reality today.”
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi is one of the most anticipated YA fantasy of the year and it is the first book in the Legacy of Orïsha, I have got absolutely no idea how many books are going to be in this series.
I enjoyed EVERY SINGLE PAGE of this glorious 600 pages beast of a book!
This book was one of my most anticipated reads of 2018 and I was so happy that I was lucky enough to even get an arc of this beauty! The book is extremely gripping, it was so amazing that I’ve already got plans to reread it!
Tomi Adeyemi has created a wonderful story, filled with world building and amazing characters. Bonus point.. Tomi’s writing is absolutely beautiful!
Throughout this book there are four main characters, Zélie, who is our number one main character, she’s the main aspect of this story, Amari, the princess, Inan, the prince and Amari’s brother and Tzain, Zélie’s brother. The story is done from three points of view, Zélie, Amari and Inan.. I’m curious as to why Tzain isn’t one of our points of view but I’m considering that it’s because he appears a lot in Zélie’s and Amari’s views that it wasn’t needed? maybe? I don’t know!
The story is just.. wow, it’s filled with SO MUCH ACTION, it’s so gooood! It’s so gripping, it had me on the edge of my seat and flying through the pages, the down side of reading this as an arc before the book even releases.. waiting even longer for the second book.. the ending was such a shocker and it’s left on a major moment and I NEED THE NEXT BOOK STAT!!! Throughout most of this book I have to say that I got chills reading it, such a beautiful story of magic and adventure but also including the racial side of things which makes you glimpse into the real world of our harsh reality of the things that are around us.
One of the main things that I can absolutely say about this book is that… YOU MUST BUY IT WHEN IT COMES OUT! You will NOT regret it whatsoever! It’s such a breathtaking story and you will just want more! Also the full cover is absolutely gorgeous, I can’t wait for it to grace my bookshelves! If you haven’t seen the FC yet go here.
If you haven’t heard this yet, Children of Blood and Bone is currently in development to become a major motion picture AND I HOPE THEY DO IT RIGHT!!! It’s a really long book so I don’t expect all 600 pages to be done however all of the major points of this book should be! I can’t wait already!!!