Review : Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
I picked up this book because a bunch of girls from work had read it and said it was a great read. They compared it to Harry Potter meeting 12 years a slave mixed with the Hate u Gave. Intrigued I picked up the book, read the synopsis and was immediately drawn in. I read this book in less than a few days!!!!
First let’s start with the magic system. Can I say wow! I loved it. The way each maji has his/her own clan linked to a god is such a creative idea. Each clan represents some form of earthly aspect like Tiders who control the sea ! The idea the ability to perform magic is a gift from the god started off as privilege but we then see that even the ‘kosadan’ can be given magic making it become more inclusive. I find as the reader the longing to be a part of this magic system it becomes more ‘realistic’ knowing that it not just for the ‘gifted’ few.
The themes of this book are very deep and correlatable to real life issues. The genocide Zelie saw of her maji people is an all too common thread in our history and present day. People being afraid of others who are different and ideas they do not understand is an all too common occurrence. The way Tomi writes giving us glimpses as to why both sides think they have been wrong in this ordeal is brilliant. This gives the reader a chance to form their own opinion as to whose side they believe to right and not just tell the story from a singular point of view which may limit the reader’s journey. It also gives the reader more fluidity as they can change their opinions as the story unfolds and more information is brought into light.
The oppressed rising up and ‘re lighting the magic in their world is a great main focus journey. It is was easy to get behind this as a reader and really root for the main characters and their cause.
I love the mythical animal crossovers to our animal kingdom. Panthenairs and rhimones gives us just enough to imagine the base animal but then throw on things like fangs and horns. I would love to see the re imagining of these animals on the big screen!!!
Tomi is not short on throwing her plot twists into her story. Some of my favourites include Prince Inan has magic just from touching the scroll and then in the end it looks like he betrayed Zelie after we get so invested in their blossoming love affair. Boo by the way What good book wouldn’t throw a little turmoil at the readers though.
The most important message I took away from this book actually has to do this the title. Throughout the book we learn the history of the Sky Mother and Magical origin. Zelie learns that the Sky Mother made humans her children from her blood and bone- we are all equal and the same in the sky mother’s eyes and so we should be in each others. I think that considering the events flooding the news today this is a take away humanity needs right now. I know, very deep right ? Not all my share my interpretation but hey that’s what book reviews are for.
Looking a bit deeper I may even suggest the book shares that everyone is born with a gift and our decisions on how we use this shape ourselves and the world around us. We see this in the way Zelie views magic verses Inan. Zelie sees her gift as something to rejoice and share. Inan fears his magic and pushes it down. Each has been shaped by their past experiences and decisions.
I think it was refreshing to see the relationship between Zelie and Amari go from cool hatred to respect. In the beginning they are not necessarily friends but develop a respect for one another. I enjoyed this verses the straight to BFF path.
So my thoughts leaving this book are A strangely I think with would make a kick ass video game. The player would play Zelie going from checkpoint to checkpoint relating to the book. From Village to kingdom to jungle to the temple. B Of course there has to be a second book it left on a cliffhanger. I cannot wait for the second book to come and see if everyone really had ashe in their blood and what this means for their world. BTW its called Children of Vengeance and Virtue set to be release June 4 2019!!!!!!!
As always I would love to hear from your views on this book especially because it had some deep seeded themes!! Please leave any comment or thought below!!