Hello everyone, today I will be review Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. I hope you enjoy this review!
Hardcover release date: March 6th, 2018
Hardcover page count: 544
My rating: 5/5 stars
The soil of Orïsha used to hum with magic but since the ruthless king killed the maji of the land, Zélie and her people have been oppressed and treated like little more than trash. With her mother dead and her people suffering, Zélie tries her best to go through life without being harassed by the local guards. One day the chance of a lifetime to bring back magic falls into her lap. Now with the help of a rouge princess and Zélie’s brother, she must escape the crown prince hell-bent on eradicating magic and navigate her newly awakened powers and her growing feelings for the enemy.
Fantasy lovers won’t be disappointed with this book. From the start, the author establishes an extensive fantasy world filled with enough lore and magic to keep readers obsessed for ages. This sort of world building sucks the readers in, as it shows the great cities and luscious forests of Orïsha all the while contrasting it with the blatant racism towards the maji who are dubbed ‘maggots’ for their white hair. This setting went great with the plot because it shows the complete disrespect towards the maji and adds to the urgency of Zélie’s mission. Their darker skin, for example, is avoided as people try their best to lighten their skin to not appear like them. The lighter-skinned people also enslave the maji and push them into a position where they are treated like dirt. Themes of racism like this are common throughout the book, something uncommon in fantasy which will interest readers in seeing how everything plays out.
The characters in Children of Blood and Bone were also excellent. Though it would spoil the plot to say exactly how, the characters each had great character arcs throughout the story, growing with every event that happened. But what was most amazing about these characters were the moral arguments in their head, most specifically: Should we really bring magic back? Throughout the story the author argues this through each of the characters’ perspective, something which includes readers in wondering if the cost of one peoples’ suffering is more than the probability of all peoples’ suffering.
Children of Blood and Bone is an amazing take on the fantasy genre as it discusses issues such as racism, a theme uncommon in YA. If you are a fantasy lover or just interested in seeing contemporary issues come to life in a YA fantasy setting, Children of Blood and Bone is the book for you.
I hope you enjoyed that review! CBB is such an amazing book and I hope that everyone gets a chance to read it. Once I finished reading it, I was wondering 'why is it so short' despite the fact that its super long. Hopefully you will feel the same way once you finish this book!
Until next time!
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