Wednesday, July 11

Review: Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1)

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1)
Tomi Adeyemi

Published By: Macmillan
Publication Date: March 8, 2018
Date Read: June 13, 2018

Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 531
From Goodreads:
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.

"You raised me to fight monsters. It took far too long to understand that the real monster was you."

Children of Blood and Bone was a book that I'd seen around but didn't really know much about other than it was a YA Fantasy book. With YA Fantasy being my favourite genre of all time that's all I needed to know for me to pick this up. I was fully expecting to be swept away to a new world as I do with all fantasy books but I was not expecting just how phenomenal this book was. Children of Blood and Bone completely blew me away. It was just completely stunning and moving. I would even go so far as to say it is one of the best fantasy books I have ever read.

Zelie is a 'maggot'. Someone born with magical blood. Destined to come into her powers when she was 13, until magic disappeared. Zelie is now subject to a life being a 'maggot', being discriminated against and being scared for her life... that is until she touches a sacred scroll and gets her powers. Now she must go on a journey to restore magic for good. But when she is followed by a prince hell bent on stopping her will she succeed on her mission?

I loved this book. I loved absolutely everything about it. I was expecting the fantasy elements but I definitely wasn't expecting the heavy mythological influences in this incredible story. This was a definite bonus for me. I absolutely adore books with mythology in them and have read a tonne of them. What I loved more about this one is that it is influenced by West African mythology. This is something I have never come across before and have no knowledge of whatsoever. Due to this I found all of it fresh and unique and unlike anything I have read before... and it was phenomenal.

Tomi Adeyemi has completely blown me away with this fantastic debut novel. I have such a difficult time believing it's her first book. Her writing is just addictive. She draws you in right from the start with her incredible characterisation and world building. Tomi is such a skilled author and this shows in the fact that her world building is done so thoroughly and it's developed slowly throughout the book but in a way where the pacing doesn't feel slow. This is something that is very difficult to do. I usually find that when the world building is slow I find the books pacing a bit slow and boring and I struggle to get into it. Tomi's characters and storyline was so addictive and interesting that it just made you want to read more as fast as you could. This book is just so cleverly plotted and well thought-out. I completely commend Tomi on her fantastic storytelling.

Children of Blood and Bone was so much better than I could have ever imagined it to be. The storyline is stunning, the characters are incredible and the world and magic is phenomenal. I really cannot recommend this book more. I loved every single moment and I cannot wait for book 2 to be released. If you love YA Fantasy and are looking for a different and unique fantasy story this one is for you. It's a must-read.

"Even in the darkest times the gods are always there. Whether we acknowledge them or not, they always have a plan."

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