I don't have the words to adequately appraise this book. I don't have the words to adequately describe the author's imagination captured in black and white (no purchase intended). I don't have the words to adequately express my complete and utter awe with the unpredictability of the plot, of not knowing what next to expect. I don't have the words to express my appreciation for this fictional land that Toni has created which bears a resemblance to my country, a land that mirrors the happenings of my country, the oppression, the hopelessness, the tyranny. But this books sparks a light of hope in me. One day we will rise. We will rise up against ethnic hate, ethnic cleansing, the rule of tyranny. One day the children of blood and bone will find the inner strength to rise and cursed rule will end. Thanks Toni for this book. I can't wait to read the continuation of the story.
I absolutely adored this book. I loved how exciting and thought provoking it was, to the point where I was forcing myself to not skim read as I was so desperate to find out what happened next. I've never read a book where social issues were combined with magic but it really worked for me.
The only bad thing is that the second book isn't out until March 2019!
This is a really great addition to the YA-fantasy landscape. And even more so when considering the author's age. Very impressive. I really enjoyed this book, but I also didn't think it was perfect.
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.
Children of Blood and Bone was one of my most anticipated reads of 2018 and it did not disappoint. This is an epic fantasy from start to finish. Children of Blood and Bone is a diverse West African inspired fantasy and the world building in this book is seriously amazing. I finished it last night and I can’t stop thinking about the ending, I just want to know what happens next. The magic system is so interesting I wish it was real. Tomi Adeyemi’s writing is absolutely beautiful and makes it so easy to imagine the world through the amazing descriptions.
There are so many incredible characters in Children of Blood and Bone, that you grow to love throughout the story. The story is told from three perspectives: Zélie, Amari, and Inan. Zélie is such a great protagonist to follow, she is a fierce warrior and talented maji. I loved the strong sibling bond between Zélie and Tzain. Also, I am hoping in the second book there might be a Tzain point of view chapter. The friendship that develops between Zélie and Amari is wonderful to read about. I love how much Amari’s character grows throughout the story. Inan is struggling within himself and wanting to make his father proud.
Overall, Children of Blood and Bone is one of my favourite fantasy books I’ve read. If you love fantasy, definitely pick up a copy.
Thank you Pan Macmillan Australia for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.