Children of Blood and Bone is out on March 8th. You can order a copy here*
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.
It started off well, it a bit dragged in parts but the ending was pretty good. Warning – it ends on a cliffhanger. There were parts I really enjoyed and read pretty quickly, whilst the middle of the book dragged a bit for me. That ending though, fast pace and a cliffhanger, madness! I did find the plot to be predictable, as a lot of YA fantasy is for me, personally. However, I did love the world and the magic and it made up for it!
The world – I love the African inspired setting, it is so nice to see something other than European inspired in fantasy, however, there is a serious lack of world building, I really wanted more! Things were said and hinted at but not fully explained. It is a long book, 600 pages, I expected more world-building. Hoping for more in the next one! The Magic system was pretty cool, there are different types of Maji, based on different Gods. The African culture and mythology was definitely my favourite part! Very different from the European/medieval inspired fantasy I usually read.
Characters: I have to be honest, the characters kind of fell flat for me, they’re pretty one dimensional and predictable. I didn’t hate them, (Well except Inan, we’ll get to that later) but they weren’t great.
Zélie – she is a decent main character, I didn’t love her but she’s not the worst character.
Amari – is a good character, she developed throughout the story which is always nice to see someone grow.
Inan – All I can say is f*ck this guy. His character was so unlikeable and predictable (to me, at least), I seriously hate him and the things he does throughout the book.
The romance: This was my least favourite part of the whole plot, I have no problems with romance being put into the story but the romance in here was weak. The matching up every main character is getting old. I didn’t like the pairings either.
I also feel lead on, there was hope for an LGBT character, I felt. I thought the character was in love with her friend, she wasn’t. A SHAME! A damn shame, I shipped it. The romance, to me, seemed unnecessary.
Overall opinion: It was just good. It wasn’t bad, it just didn’t blow my mind either.
The problem is this book has been hyped up so much and it isn’t even out yet. I think I went in with too high expectations. I really like the concept, I think it has really great potential and I will definitely keep reading the series, as I am interested to see where the story leads. It’s a solid debut novel and I think Tomi Adeyemi deserves all the success coming her way, I would definitely read more from her!
Rating: 3 stars, maybe 3.5? I don’t really know.
*Thank you to MyKindaBook for the ARC and the opportunity to review this book. This was sent to me for free, all opinions are my own, as always!*
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