Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and 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 the enemy.
Partial review based on the 72 page sneak preview.
I am thankful to Netgalley, Henry Holt and Co. and Tomi Adeyemi for the preview excerpt of Children of Blood and Bone that I received. This book is due to be released in 2018.
Initially, the cover did not spark my interest. However, it did grow on me and after reading the sampler, I must admit that it perfectly exemplifies the story within.
The novel is set in the fantasy world of Orisha where the once revered magis have been murdered and their descendants known as diviners are now targeted by an abusive king. In this world, Zelie must come to grips with a terrifying past that haunts her while staunchly fighting for a better way of life.
If the first six chapters are any indication of the book as a whole, readers will not be able to put it down. Adeyemi’s writing is beautifully descriptive and pulls the reader in. While undeniably unique, the writing style of Children of Blood and Bone reminds me of Steinbeck’s “The Pearl.” So far this has been an immensely entertaining novel. I am only disappointed that I cannot finish the book at this time.
Absolutely recommend to fans of fantasy looking for an uncommon perspective.