Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone

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Seventeen-year-old Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250170972
1250170974
Characteristics: 531 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Children of blood & bone

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tinalburton23
Feb 11, 2019

What a ride! What a thrilling book! Folks kept saying, "It's like Harry Potter, only set in Africa," and boy were they both right AND wrong. This story feels like it has so much more heart and so many more real stakes. While it's wildly fictional in plot, there are themes and moments that I imagine many readers can wholly relate to -- the loss of a parent to an oppressive power structure, disenfranchisement, trying to care for a vulnerable family, falling in love with someone you are entirely unsure about... amongst other things! I cannot wait for this book's little sister to be born in June of this year!

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abbi_g
Feb 05, 2019

This novel pulled me in from the start. I don't read a lot of fantasy novels but this one has been on the reading lists of a lot of readers that I follow on Instagram, so I wanted to get my hands on it. Thankfully, it didn't disappoint. I'm looking forward to reading the second book in the series.

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gryphondear
Jan 29, 2019

Zelie and Tzain, her brother, have lost their mother in a raid by the King's soldiery to wipe out magic. She is trained to fight, but cautioned not to spend her abilities in useless fights. Amari and her brother, Inan, are the children of the king. They are taught by their father to fight--although Amari refuses to maim or hurt her brother. One day, because the king kills her maid, Amari steals a magical parchment and runs away from home. She meets up with Zelie; the two girls, with Tzain to help, take the parchment cross-country in an effort to bring back the magic in the world. (Inan follows in an attempt to stop the resurgence of magic).

A well developed world and carefully thought out plot line pulls the reader in. The narrative stalls at times, despite the thrilling plot, to reflect on the inner-thoughts of the characters, but not deep enough to feel like you're learning anything new. It's almost as if it's written as a screen play. It's hard to get to know any of the characters very well, as the narrator changes each chapter. The overwhelming violence can feel gratuitous, but it serves to show the level of trauma the characters are living through and overcome. I'm not sure their trauma and the impact is explored as deeply as it could be, but it's a YA novel and for what it is, it's very good. I look forward to the continuation of the story line.

KatieD_KCMO Jan 28, 2019

A well developed world and carefully thought out plot line pulls the reader in. The narrative stalls at times, despite the thrilling plot, to reflect on the inner-thoughts of the characters, but not deep enough to feel like you're learning anything new. It's almost as if it's written as a screen play. It's hard to get to know any of the characters very well, as the narrator changes each chapter. The overwhelming violence can feel gratuitous, but it serves to show the level of trauma the characters are living through and overcome. I'm not sure their trauma and the impact is explored as deeply as it could be, but it's a YA novel and for what it is, it's very good. I look forward to the continuation of the story line.

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trieu3
Jan 25, 2019

Fast paced, great world building, developed characters, and a whole lot of fun! The only gripe I have with this book is the unnecessary romance.

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crayolabee
Jan 04, 2019

Brutal, but effective. Definitely not for young children due to a fair amount of violence, but it's used masterfully here to tell a story full of compelling twists and turns. The plot of this story is self-contained -- but lots of open ends hint at the next installment. I will be continuing to read the next book in this series for sure.

Give to fans of Black Panther or the Throne of Glass books.

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TipsyDanger
Dec 12, 2018

The world building in this book felt flawless. Too often authors spend page after page info-dumping on unsuspecting readers. Give us a little more credit! Adeyemi quickly and skillfully establishes Orisha as a place of oppression, simmering with anger... and magic.

The unlikely friendships (and more!) forged in this series were a bit predictable, but refreshing nonetheless. I am certainly looking forward to the second in the series.

JCLDevinB Dec 09, 2018

The queen of sci-fi and fantasy Ursula K LeGuin once said it is the job of fiction, and more specifically genre fiction, to tell the brutal truths to its readers and thus become the most honest lies ever told. Tomi Adeyemi does not pull any punches in The Children of Blood and Bone. If you are looking for a light-hearted fantasy adventure this is not for you. For a young adult novel this tale is exquisitely dense in terms of moral and philosophicall exploration. That being said Adeyemi is a master of story telling, the pacing of the novel and development of that characters is precise and poignant. I personally can barely contain my excitement for her next installment.

ArapahoeLauraRose Nov 05, 2018

Now THAT was some amazing fantasy world-building! There is already so much vibrancy and magic in Orisha in this book, with so much more to discover about its clans, cities, and peoples in the coming books. Each of the three narrators approaches their journey and their world differently, with their perspectives deeply rooted in their disparate histories and personalities. I am already deeply invested in the fates of Zelie, Amari, and Inan, and it's only book one! I'm so ready for more.

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Oct 07, 2018

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Jul 29, 2018

8576601_ thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 18

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C_02
Oct 08, 2018

Sexual Content: Inan and Zel hug and then Inan touches Zel all over her body. There are also no more than 4 references to seduction. And the way the maji were treated by others is a bit scary. They are sometimes sent to brothels among other things.

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C_02
Oct 07, 2018

Violence: Lots of people are seen dying. Even innocents. It was a bit unnerving.

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ArapahoeMaryA Aug 24, 2018

As it fades, I see the truth - in plain sight, yet hidden all along. We are all children of blood and bone. All instruments of vengeance and virtue. This truth holds me close, rocking me like a child in a mother's arms. It binds me in its love as death swallows me in its grasp.

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shayshortt
Jun 13, 2018

Deep down, I know the truth. I knew it the moment I saw the maji of Ibadan in chains. The gods died with our magic. They are never coming back.

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shayshortt
Jun 13, 2018

Once, Orïsha was the land of maji, ten powerful clans, each with their own unique powers to command earth or water, life or death. But eleven years ago, King Saran conducted the Raid, cutting the maji off from their gods, and killing every practitioner old enough to have come into their powers. Only the divîners remain. Children at the time of the Raid, they will live their entire lives under the heel of the Royal Guard, derided as maggots, never coming into their inheritance. It seems that the gods have abandoned Orïsha. But tension is brewing in the royal family. Princess Amari’s best friend is a divîner named Binta, who serves as her chamber maid, and Prince Inan is hiding a dark secret of his own. Having lost her mother in the Raid, a young divîner named Zélie harbours a deep resentment for the royal family, and a longing for the Reaper powers she should have inherited on her thirteenth birthday. Instead, she trains to fight with a staff, and dreams of a day when the divîners will rise up against their oppressors. But the gods have plans to throw some unusual allies in her path.

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