Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone

Book - 2018
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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]
ISBN: 9781250170972
Branch Call Number: Y FIC ADEY
Characteristics: 531 pages ; 24 cm


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Young women aim to save magic in exciting African fantasy.
Rated 13+ by common sense media

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Feb 10, 2020

Awesome book!!!

Dec 29, 2019

I really enjoyed this wonderful book, and I hope this review will help you too. Magic was forever gone, but only to the outside minds. Was it really gone 11 years ago, or did it just slumber? This book is written in 3 different perspectives, and you may feel yourself fall in love with each character. You may also feel the pain that the characters may face, or the hardships that they take. Do not be tricked, though, because each person comes with a twist. Magic is the key, or is it really? This book really got me hyped up, and I'm eagerly waiting to the read the second book. The author did a wonderful job of describing things and putting in lots of sensory details that the reader could picture right away. Literary devices (my favorite) were also included on almost every page. The characters are perfectly created, with each spin and a cherry on top. Foolishness, one of the great fears, are shown in this book. Learn to conquer the enemy, or the enemy wins. "They killed my mother. They took our magic. They tried to bury us. Now we rise." An amazing book that I would totally recommend. Thank you Tomi Adeyemi!

Dec 04, 2019

Magic is dead....or is it? The line between good and evil is blurred in this teen fantasy. Great book, looking forward to #2.

Gina_Vee Nov 30, 2019

This book was really good. I wish there was a lot more action. I also wish the ending didn't feel like a cliffhanger, but the next book in the series is almost out, so it's okay!

Oct 24, 2019

Well written, and wonderfully refreshing. Reading something based on the tales of Nigeria was a wonderful change from the typical fairy tales and myths that are seen so much in English Literature. Frankly, it's come to the point where sometimes you feel as though you're just reading the same story told with slightly different words. I am thankful to this writer and cannot wait to read more!

Oct 17, 2019

I'm wholeheartedly jumping on the bandwagon with this one. Children of Blood and Bone is, in some ways, a recognizable fantasy story that centers around a struggle between the ruling class who are non-magical and prejudiced against those who do possess magical abilities (magi), and yet it it is told from a fresh perspective in a setting we rarely see in YA Fantasy. At its heart, though, this is a book about a girl coming of age and discovering her own power and self-worth in the face of immense societal discrimination and injustice - always relevant, but especially heart-wrenching in Children of Blood and Bone. I listened to the audio version of this novel, which was amazing. The accents were beautiful but still easy to understand, and I highly recommend listening to it.

STPL_JessH Sep 19, 2019

Absolutely outstanding first book in an exciting new series. I CANNOT wait for book two!!
Let me just update you: book two did not disappoint!

Aug 30, 2019

Réservé à la Bibliothèque de Gatineau

sjpl_rebekah Aug 26, 2019

Let me start off by saying, this book deserves all the accolades it has been receiving. The world building in this story is truly phenomenal, and the African mythology woven into it is masterfully done. Although lengthy, the pacing of the book moves rapidly and by the end, the reader is left wanting more. Luckily, this book has been announced as part of a series, and there will certainly be more to come.

When I first started this book, I was convinced that I would be rating it with five stars; however, as the plot progressed, I found myself becoming increasingly disenchanted by the romantic angle that suddenly emerged midway through the story. The romance not only seemed unprecedented, but rather forced. Although I could see what the author was trying to do, it just did not seem to fit right with what I knew about the characters. I think a romance such as this would need a lot more build up to be plausible, but it was sped along in the interest of furthering the plot. It is not necessarily that I did not want the characters to end up together, but that I think it could have been done better. For this reason, I lowered my rating to four stars.

Regardless of how I feel about the romantic subplot, I found this to be a complex and well-written story. As a history major, I could appreciate the parallels to real life events such as apartheid, colonialism, segregation, etc. There are many layers to this story, and many layers to each character. It will be exciting to see where this story goes.

As an additional note, I HIGHLY recommend enjoying this book in audiobook format. Some stories are just meant to be shared orally, especially those with deep roots in traditional mythology. Bahni Turpin does an excellent job creating personas for each character, and the accents she created really bring the story to life and lend a little something extra to the listening experience.

Jul 23, 2019

This was a fun read.

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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.

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.

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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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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