- Hardcover: 544 pages
- Publisher: Adeyemi, Tomi (6 March 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250170974
- ISBN-13: 978-1250170972
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 4.1 x 23.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 703 g
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A magnificent, heartrending, earthshaking debut." --New York Times-bestselling author Daniel José Older
"High stakes, a captivating fantasy landscape, and a brave heroine worth rooting for make Children of Blood and Bone unlike anything I've ever read." --Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Beautiful Creatures and author of The Lovely Reckless
"Powerful, captivating, and raw--Adeyemi is a talent to watch. Exceptional." --Kirkus, Starred Review
"Adeyemi's devastating debut is a brutal, beautiful tale of revolution, faith, and star-crossed love." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
..". Adeyemi keeps it fresh with an all-black cast of characters, a meaningful emphasis on fighting for justice, a complex heroine saving her own people, and a brand of magic made more powerful by the strength of heritage and ancestry. Perfect for fans of the expansive fantasy worlds of Leigh Bardugo, Daniel Jose´ Older, and Sabaa Tahir." --Booklist, Starred Review
..".A refreshing YA fantasy with an all-West African cast of characters that should be on every shelf." --School Library Journal, Starred Review
"This is an exceptional debut from the author and will have a huge audience desperately waiting for more. Children of Blood and Bone is perfect for fans of Nnedi Okorafor, Nancy Farmer, and Angie Thomas." --VOYA, Starred Review
"Nigerian culture and geography... give this fantasy a distinct flavor, further distinguished by the intensity of emotion." --Horn Book
"Meet Tomi Adeyemi--the new J.K. Rowling. (Yep, she's that good)." --Entertainment Weekly
"Poses thought-provoking questions about race, class and authority that hold up a warning mirror to our sharply divided society." -The New York Times
"A fast-paced, excellently crafted hero's journey...populated with compelling and nuanced black characters." -NPR
"A debut novel that is nearly impossible to put down."-USA Today
"Adeyemi's writing is beautiful and immersive." -Tor.com
"A miraculous achievement." -The Guardian
About the Author
Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she studied West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. She is the author of Children of Blood and Bone.
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The only bad thing is that the second book isn't out until March 2019!
85 chapters and 525 pages later I regret not picking it up sooner.
Full review at rhartauthor.com
Don’t get me wrong, I adored the world. I loved the giant creatures, the gods and their corresponding maji clans, the writing style, the links to Nigerian culture and mythology, the geography, the politics, and the roller coaster quest to restore magic. And I will ALWAYS be here for speculative fiction that centres people of colour.
But unfortunately I didn’t love the plot or the characters. The first quarter was super compelling and fast paced, but I lost interest when I realised how this book relies so heavily on convenience. While Adeyemi throws a lot of obstacles at her characters, they barely pose any conflict because they’re solved/escaped from/beaten far too easily.
Perhaps the worst example of this is a scene where the cast are easily outnumbered and facing certain death, but thanks to a handy dandy new character and their crew, things are magically solved off-page in under 7 minutes. The protagonists win yet again without the author even bothering to show us how! It feels like lazy storytelling.
As for the characters, the only one I cared about and felt any genuine connection to didn’t show up until 450 pages through! This book is a multi-perspective story, but all 4 were bland, hollow, tropey characters and were all written in the same voice. Zelie was really fiery and compelling in the first act, but she rapidly lost what makes her *her* as the narrative progressed.
Im so bummed because I really wanted more from this given the incredible hype! If this is a duology I may give the sequel a chance, but if it’s more than two books it’s a no from me. Sigh.
I really loved that this was based on something a little bit different. I honestly can't say I know anything about West African legends and myths, but this book brought some of those aspects to life. The world-building in general was really well done, I found all of the different places in the story very graphic and easy to imagine, without having overdone descriptions. They also ride around on big cats. That's cool. I want one.
I had mixed feelings about the characters in this book. On the one hand, I enjoyed getting to know the histories of the characters. This certainly helped create 3 dimensional characters - especially the main villain. While I certainly didn't like him, and couldn't condone what he was doing, it did help create some understanding as to why he is the way he is. On the other hand, one of the main characters in particular was really really inconsistent in their motivation and, given the short time period of the book, this made them a bit frustrating. There was also a bit of quite unrealistic insta-love going on. I'm all for insta-romance - it does happen in real life - but this was just silly.
The magic system in CBB is really cool, with 10 types of magic, there is no lack of places this could go. While it wasn't extremely well explored in this book, they're trying to get magic BACK after all, I'm really looking forward to how this could develop in the second book.
Overall, a great book, but not without its flaws. I'll definitely be picking up the next book and would highly recommend this to anyone interested in YA fantasy - particularly to support diverse fantasy.
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