Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi book review

Children of Blood and Bone Synopsis

Note: This review is spoiler-free!

Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled – Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.

Zélie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic – and her growing feelings for an enemy.

Why did I pick it?

I really needed something different. I had spent a few months in a reading slump and I hoped this would hopefully give me the boost I needed. It sounded new and fresh.

What I loved about it

This is definitely something “brand new” for me, and for once it wasn’t overly complicated. If I was to compare it to anything else I had read recently it would be the truth witch series.

The plot was very intricate and descriptive, told from three different POV’s that start off on very different paths and slowly come together via lots of fast-paced plot twists.

Magic is a big theme in YA at the moment and magic systems can be really hit and miss. Too complex and you have no idea what’s going on, too simple and it adds nothing to the story. This one strikes the right balance, it’s easy to understand from the beginning and your knowledge grows as the story does, perfect in every way.

The author does a great job of blending fantasy and references to West-African culture seamlessly, it makes for a unique and intriguing read.

What I loathed about it

The cliffhanger, wow that was CRUEL! Luckily I read this once the second novel had been published otherwise I don’t think I could have coped with the wait!


A fantastic fantasy adventure that has restored my love of the YA fantasy genre.

When and where can you can get it

You can purchase Children of Blood and Bone on Amazon today



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