This is one of those books that I’ve seen everywhere for awhile now and only just got around to reading. As much as I would have liked to have read Children of Blood and Bone sooner, I’m glad for a couple of reasons that I didn’t. For one, I think the hype around a book sometimes is too much and sets too high of expectations. Another perk of waiting is that I’m closer to the publish date of book #2 (December 3, according to Goodreads!!) If you’re like me and haven’t put a rush order on this book, please change that immediately.
They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.
*chills* That summary though, amirite?
Okay, I loved this book so much that I couldn’t think of a better Goodreads review than “All I can say is, ‘Why didn’t I read this earlier?!!'” And honestly, it’s been about a week since I finished it and I have a feeling that this review won’t be much better than that.
Let’s start this with and bang and talk about the magic! Y’all know I love a good magic story, and this one is pretty epic. I mean, first we have the magic system itself. We’ve got elemental magic, soul magic, mind magic, and a couple others thrown in there. We get beautiful descriptions of how this magic feels to our characters and what it looks like to others. But my favorite part of this magic is the story behind it. There is such a cultural importance on magic in Children of Blood and Bone that was so beautiful, sometimes heartbreakingly so. From literal stories of how the gods were created and how magic came to be, to the ingrained societal fear of what magic represents, to the terrible recounts of the Raid. The author did an amazing job of making magic such an essential, tangible part of this story that touches every aspect of the book.
The characters and their relationships with one another were so great to read about. I loved Zélie and how her relationship with herself changed throughout the book. I loved how her relationships with her brother, father, mentor, the princess, and the prince developed. I loved each of those characters so much, even those who didn’t say or do much in obvious ways. Every character was written with such love and attention that even the smallest of characters impacted the story and my reading of it.
The plot was, as the summary suggests, enthralling. Those first four lines alone give me goosebumps, but I got to enjoy nearly 550 pages of fantastic twists and turns (only to end in such a heartbreaking way, but I’m definitely not bitter! Nope, not at all!) I truly can’t go more into detail than that without giving away spoilers and, for the crazies like me out there who haven’t read it yet, I don’t want to ruin the fun 😉
I will say that I was flipping to the end of the book to see how many pages it was when I saw there was an author’s note. Reading this before getting too far into the story made the entire book so much more realistic, impressional, and important. If you do read this book (which you should, duh!), I would recommend reading the author’s note about current events and how they’re reflected in her novel.
Well, it looks like my prediction about being able to write a decent review was right: this isn’t that good. But truly, I don’t want to say anything else because a lot happens in this book and the ride is too enjoyable to ruin. If you get anything from this rambl-I mean, review, it’s read this book now! If you’ve already read it, methinks now is a good time for a reread!
Have you read Children of Blood and Bone? What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below (or send me a message on Goodreads to talk details)!