Book Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

This book is not your fun and happy adventure. You are probably going to feel distraught more times than you will feel joyful. But, this novel is about more than your casual adventure. It’s about life. It’s about death. And it’s about the world who abandons those that they cannot understand, those who are different.


They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

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.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

My Review

This is the first-ever audiobook I’ve ever listened to and I’ve got to say, that made it an interesting experience. For me, it became a little harder to follow because I would get distracted and then jump back in when the action was happening. Whoops. Honestly, the voice actress was really good, though. But, I have absolutely nothing to base that assessment off of. I will definitely be listening to more of these in the future.

Overall, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I started this book. But, it plays on a lot of darker thoughts that reflect the world we live in. Which, is kind of why I like this book. It’s a lot more than just a story, it’s a reflection of our world in a narrative format with just a little more fantasy.

I’ll be honest, this novel just made me sit and think after because it’s kind of a lot. I did immediately purchase the second book, so I am sure I’ll have a better review after I read that because I won’t be listening to an audiobook.

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