Review: Children of Blood and Bone

Posted 2nd March 2020 by Emma in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Children of Blood and BoneChildren of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Narrator: Bahni Turpin
Series: Legacy of Orïsha #1
Published by Macmillan Digital Audio on 8th March 2018
Genres: Fantasy, YA Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: 17 hours and 44 minutes
Format: Audible
Source: I bought it
Amazon Kindle

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.

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I heard about this book from social media. I have seen many a bookstagram post with this gorgeous cover and so with the 2nd book recently released I thought it was high time I caught up.

The narrator took some getting used to but it was the perfect choice for this book. The accent really makes you feel like you are in a faraway land. This really helps you to believe that anything is possible including magic.

The story is told from three POV. Zélie , Amari and Inan.

Zélie is a bit of an underdog but she is easy to root for. She has been through so much before this book even begins and by the end, I honestly do not know how she kept going. She is one strong and brave woman.

Talking of strong and brave women this book is full of them. From Zélie and Amari to Zu this book was full of strong women. If you need some real feisty females to take inspiration from then look no further than this story. I won’t say they are perfect because no one is but there are a lot of things to learn from these women.

There are lots of twists and turns in this story along with characters who are constantly battling with not only each other but themselves.

I really enjoyed this book and I look forward to listening to book 2 shortly.

About Tomi Adeyemi

Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. Her debut novel, CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE, comes out March 6th, 2018 and the movie is currently in development at Fox with the producers of Twilight and The Maze Runner attached. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she received a fellowship that allowed her to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. When she’s not working on her novels or watching Scandal, she can be found blogging and teaching creative writing to her 3,500 subscribers at Her website has been named one of the 101 best websites for writers by Writer’s Digest.


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