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Today’s Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
I was in awe of Adeyemi’s writing, and with every flip of the page you get the feeling you’ve just discovered the next great writer in the world of fantasy literature.Kwapi Vengesayi
This is another one of those amazing reads that was recommended to me by folks on @goodblackreads. At the time I was deeply immersed in Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (read review), but as soon as I was done, I dove into straight into Children of Blood and Bone.
I was in awe of Adeyemi’s writing, and with every flip of the page you get the feeling you’ve just discovered the next great writer in the world of fantasy literature. Her world building is incredible. But even more impressive is her ability to re-imagine African mythology, themes and motifs in ways that help create a new story with engaging characters dealing with complex issues and fighting, and sometimes failing, to overcome them.
And Adeyemi is definitely not afraid to delve into those complex issues. Children of Blood and Bone explores classicism, prejudice, genocide, religion, spirituality and family: themes that mirror the world we live in today, and this is of course deliberate. Its story that shines a light on the world we live in, and like the characters we are rooting for, asks us how much we are willing to sacrifice for the greater good of others.
Adeyemi also gives us not just one, but two, self-determining and self-directed female protagonists. To those who may not fully appreciate the significance of this, allow me to point out why this is important. The world of science fiction and fantasy writing is dominated by male writers, and as a consequence, most protagonists in this genre are men or female characters written by men. And of the few female protagonists that do exist, ones of African descent are even more scare. So yes, this is a big deal.
To put it all in a nutshell, this book is an amazing read! The story, characters and the world Tomi Adeyemi builds blows my mind. If you’re yearning for a new fantasy adventure with an Afrocentric aesthetic and deep meaning, then Children of Blood and Bone will definitely satisfy that craving.
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.
Kwapi Vengesayi is an Amazon bestselling author whose books explore captivating musings and thought-provoking conversations about love, relationships, life and our human experience. You can find his book on Amazon. You can also follow him on Twitter @kwapiv or subscribe to his blog at kwapiv.com