Children of Blood and Bone
(Legacy of Orïsha #1)
by Tomi Adeyemi
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Children of Blood and Bone
They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.
THIS BOOK... I still think about it and I read it a while ago at this point, back in march. And I would always give it 5 stars without a thought. Tomi's writing is beautiful. There is no other way to describe it. She is a beautiful writer, the images and feelings that you are left with stay with you, for months. Tomi is the best debut author that I have read in years. The level she is at competes with many other long term authors. As a Nigerian- American woman, the story is laced with beautiful references to African and Nigerian culture: from the creation myths, the tribes, to the beautiful descriptions of the clothing, that made even rags on slaves clear in my mind. It is no wonder the rights were purchased to produce a movie before the book even came out! The episodic arcs of the storyline and constant changing refreshing pace make it in my mind a fantastic candidate for visual media.
Now, like a lot of books I read these days, I start with a print book, and then I read the audiobook. And I NEED to give a shout out to Bahni Turpin. She is an amazing narrator, and I think this is one of the stories you should read both the printed word and the audio version. Each is a different experience.
What both create is a powerhouse story about children and people of color battling against discrimination and an unjust society in a fantasy setting. Sure you could say you could put any person white, black, or brown, and tell the same story BUT the fact that this story is about POC and that it is such a FANTASTIC book, with influential roles is. Powerful. Is Important. Is beautiful. Is needed. And it is part of the reason I love it so much. Because I don't need to have a white protagonist anymore. I can pick up almost any book on a shelf and feel like I am the character. But not everyone gets that. But while I am not a powerful black woman, Zelie still stuck with me, as a loud, arrogant, boisterous woman. She did what she wanted. She was rash. She didn't always listen. She messed up. She did the things a "good girl" wouldn't do. And that is another reason I loved her. She wasn't pretty pretty perfect. She was raw, and strong, and scared but fights the fear. She is a fighter. I wish more people would read about, and be more like Zeile.
There is so much more I wish I could tell you, but I am afraid of saying more and spoiling you. So go, buy it, borrow it, use your audible credit, get it now.
Book #2 Children of Venence and Virtue comes out in December and I am so excited
See you soon!
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