Title: Children of Blood and Bone
Series: Legacy of Orïsha, #1
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Story Perspective: Alternating First-Person
Themes: Good vs. Evil, Trust, Honesty, Coming-of-Age, Magic, Romance
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Henry Holt Company
Zelie has been training since the day her mother was taken from her. Though the chances of magic ever returning seems slim, she will do anything to protect her Baba, her father.
However, she learns that there is one chance to restore magic to those who it was taken away from the heartless and murderous king. Teaming up with a runaway princess and her protective brother, will the trio be able to collect all the magical items they need to bring back magic before it’s too late?
This is a book that has been on my TBR for a while, and one that a friend and me decided to read together. I’m so happy we did get the chance to read it!
The author does a wonderful job in balancing scenery descriptions and character development. I felt was able to visualize every place Zelie, Tzain, Amari, and Inan visited without it being too much description. Due to the perspective switching between these characters, it was also easy to get into each of their minds and to distinguish one from the other. What also was great was that the author decided to write shorter chapters, which made this into a pretty fast-paced read.
Though I understand this is a young adult book, I could have done with less flirtation and romance. There were some parts that my friend and I scoffed at. There was also a section of the book that I felt it was written by a completely different author due to the fact that it was pages of teenage “love” and teenage attraction. I literally rolled my eyes a few times, specifically during those parts. These romance/flirty scenes were fairly predictable, which probably contributed my dislike for them.
Though I can see this being a typical young adult, with romance, I truly felt happy to read Children of Blood and Bone. It was a book that I truly enjoyed picking up each time that I did. It was also one that I could easily escape and get lost in the author’s world.
I would highly recommend this read to those who enjoy young adult/coming-of-age fantasies about a young woman who has a destiny to fulfill.