Book Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Title: Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi

Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: March 6, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Format: Hardcover, 525 pages


This was one of the best debut fantasy novels that I have ever read, and it’s one of the best books that I have read in a long time. This book had me constantly on the edge of my seat and I always felt guilty when I wasn’t reading it. I was initially skeptical to pick up this book mainly because of its size, but I’m so glad that just ended up picking this book up.

The writing in this book was just wonderful, it was faced-paced regardless of being a very large novel. Adeyemi has a beautiful prose that compliments such a vibrant world and mystical magic system that I couldn’t get enough of. She manages to describe the world in such a great way, it’s both beautiful and brutal but something you want to experience none the less.

The characters were perfect because they weren’t perfect, each character had flaws and they develop over the course of the story but they do it at different paces. Zélie was a strong and fierce character, who takes on a major task, and there are times throughout the story where she doubts herself. Amari was probably my favorite character in this story, she’s a very different character in the beginning then she is in the end, and her development is probably the most obvious of all the characters. Inan was a character that I struggle with, especially towards the end of the book, he definitely goes back and forth with where he stands and the more that happened the more he annoyed me. Tzain was a character I couldn’t get enough of, he also has conflicts throughout the story so I was disappointed that we didn’t get his perspective.

The relationships in this story were also something that I really enjoyed, from the beginning of the book I was excited to see a beautiful female friendship between Zélie and Amai, especially because I think they compliment each other well. There are also some great sibling relationships, Zélie and Tazin’s support for each was an amazing aspect of the story even though there sometimes tested. Amari and Inan had a very different type of relationship, you can tell that there is love between them but because of their experiences growing up has left them on very different sides.

The ending of this book left me highly anticipating the next book, which I have to wait another year for. I feel like this book was really just the beginning of what will be a fantastic story and I can’t wait to see how the world and it’s magic is explored in later books.

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