Zélie remembers when magic lived in Orïsha. Her mother was a reaper and one day she would be too. Then the Raid happened, and her entire world ended. Under the orders of ruthless king, maji were rounded up and killed in an attempt to eradicate magic forever. In the killings, Zélie lost her mother, and hope for the future.
With the discovery of some magic artifacts, and the help of the rouge princess, Amari, Zélie now has an opportunity to bring magic back for good and save her people. She just has to outrun the crown prince, who is hiding a secret of his own.
Once I picked this book up, I honestly couldn’t put it down. So I had a few late nights, fighting sleep just to stay up a bit later and read some more. The story itself is steeped in African culture. While still being a fantasy series, it has a powerful message that hits home especially today. The book explores the cruelty of racism and how it can divide a country. Fantasy novels often explore themes of oppression and overthrowing a tyrant, but the way Adeyemi shows the violence and terror feels different. The novel never feels preachy in its message.
The novel is fairly straightforward journey and fast paced, which is probably why I had a couple late nights reading. It would be hard to find a place to stop, because I just wanted to see what happened next. The ending was my absolute favorite part. Children of Blood and Bone ends at the height of its climax! There is always some kind of wrap up chapter at the end of fantasy books even if there is another book coming in the series, but with this novel there were so many questions I had about what had happened. I am so excited to read the next book in the series, and to see what happens. Seriously, go read this book!
Here’s my review for the next book in the series, Children of Virtue and Vengeance!