Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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.

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My Thoughts

This West African-inspired fantasy is perfect for those new to the Fantasy/Sci-fi genre. Filled with adventure, thrills, and magic you will feel every emotion with the characters; Tzains anger and disappointment at Zelies decisions, Amari’s yearning to see beyond the palace walls, and the Prince’s paralyzing fear of who he’s becoming, and the adversity of who he wants to be. 

Adeyemi weaves a beautiful description of Ilorian and the Maji living within it from start to finish.

Quotes for Book ReviewsWhile the eighty-five chapters may look intimidating, the plot is filled with twists and turns, combat and struggles that will keep you turning pages for a quick read.

In May of 2022, Adeyemi announced the forthcoming film adaptation of Children of Blood and Bone. I’m looking forward to the fantasy-filled adventure translating into a film.

Whether or not you’ve read Harry Potter or Hunger Games before the feature film. Adeyemi’s book is one to add to the top of your list before the film makes it into theaters. You won’t regret entering the world of Orishas and Maji.



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