Children of Blood and Bone is a YA debut novel by Tomi Adeyemi. It’s the first book from the Legacy of Orisha trilogy. I discovered this book through the online book community and a lot of them are raving about it. Naturally, I was half-scared to pick it up. Many readers can relate to that feeling when a hyped up book would left us feeling disappointed or confused. We wonder what did we miss? How come they enjoyed it more than we did?
Thanks to the gorgeous cover and captivating blurb I put that thought aside. I decided to give this book the benefit of the doubt and I am so glad I did because it is true! Children of Blood and Bone is worth the hype!
One of the many reasons why I love fantasy stories is because I love getting transported to a whole new world. One can only manage that if the world building is solid. The world building in this story is crafted beautifully. It’s easy to get lost in it because you can paint the picture clearly inside your head. Kudos to Tomi Adeyemi for doing an amazing job!
The lush history and ancient magic are well-thought out and written excellently as well. I just love the magic system in this book. It’s so cool! Yes, the magic system is not exactly unique but Tomi Adeyemi has added her own spark in it and made it her own. As with the plot, it’s fast-paced and packed with action! I had an amazing time with the action parts on this one. There’s always something happening and that’s what I always look for in a fantasy story.
The three main characters are also a treat to read. They are all interesting in their own way and they are remarkably fleshed out. Their individual struggles are so intense it’s impossible not to get emotionally invested. Also, I thought the complex relationship between them was incredible. All of them are equally admirable and relatable. Zelie’s strong suit is her strong-willed personality. She goes after what she wants and she fights for what she believes in. Inan is one of those multifaceted characters I love to read. But my absolute favorite is Amari. I rooted for her since the first time she appeared in the story. H
Personally, everything is perfect about this book for all the reasons I’ve mentioned above. But then there’s an element of romance as well. It didn’t work for me. It felt forced and out of place. I didn’t care for it. I don’t understand why they had to be paired up. I’m confused if it’s because romance genre isn’t right up my alley any longer. Anyhow, take it out and Children of Blood and Bone can manage on its own.
Now, if you consider everything good I’ve said about this story, you grab a copy before the second book comes out this year. Or better yet, before the movie adaptation comes out.
Let’s talk: Have you read this book? Do we have the same opinion? Who’s your favorite character/s? What are your favorite moments? Comment down below 🙂