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.
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.
ISBN: 9781250170972
Branch Call Number: ADE


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Zelie Adebola is a diviner, daughter of a powerful Maji. But magic died after the treacherous King Saran
found out how to destroy it and killed every Maji in Orisha, including her mother. Now Zelie must fight
through pain and hardship to get magic back for the sake of her people and Orisha itself.

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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!

Chapel_Hill_KristinB 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!!

Aug 30, 2019

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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.

Jun 26, 2019

In Orisha, magic has disappeared and now all maji are oppressed. Now, Zelie Adebola goes on a journey with her brother and a rouge princess to preform a ritual that will bring magic back.

3.5/5 : This book is ok. It's an average YA fantasy novel, but has a lot of potential. I enjoyed reading it. I always anticipated what would happen next, and I was frantically reading to find out. It is also admirable what this book is trying to do; basing a fantasy world off of African mythology; addressing issues like oppression, colorism, etc. in a genre that doesn't explore these topics. However, despite the strong worldbuilding, many aspects of the book were weak.

The writing in this book was ok, however, Adeyemi is very good at writing violence. There were a lot of fantasy tropes - burning down a village, a big arena battle, being kidnapped.. that just felt out of place to me. Another problem I had with this book is that there were a lot of extreme emotional moments that felt overdone and out of place. Example: transitioning from Zelie enjoying herself in the festival to being brutally tortured. The sudden change in mood and tone made it feel out of place to me. Another example included the people in the Stocks. They were described as emaciated bodies, more skeleton-like than human. If it were me, I would be horrified. But Zelie and Amari talked with them as if they were just normal prisoners. But they aren't. I also feel like the characters, especially Zelie, had room for more character growth, but I recognize this is a series so that'll likely come in future books.

What I Take Away : Even when everything was taken away from Zelie - her mom, her magic, her home, her dignity, etc. - she still stood up and fought for a greater cause, despite being afraid. That in itself is true bravery.

IndyPL_AngieL Jun 21, 2019

“Children of Blood and Bone” is the first book in the “Legacy of Orisha” series by Tomi Adeyemi. This very well-written teen book tells the story of Zelie Adebola and her great desire to bring magic—long forbidden by the monarchy--back to her land of Orisha, a mythical city in West Africa. The book highlights the exploits of Zelie and her reluctant but powerful cohort, Princess Amari. Zelie’s brother, Tzain, is a secondary character in the book (though he shows his mettle more than once), as is Prince Inan, strong in body but easily led by others. “Children of Blood and Bone” is both quest and survival tale, with magic at its heart and strong young women at the forefront.

OPL_DavidD Jun 18, 2019

Some strong world building with a return of magic story. The different narrators all had their own voices and kept the stakes personal.

Jun 06, 2019

An interesting setting, but feels highly derivative, particularly of "Avatar the Last Airbender," and it's rife with YA cliches and saddled with a badly-written romance (which is itself a YA cliche unfortunately). This is her first book and hopefully she'll improve as a writer, but I could only get about 60% of the way through this before realizing everything was so predictable that I couldn't stay engaged with it.

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Sep 09, 2019

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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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