Book Reviews

BOOK REVIEW #2

Title: Children of Blood and Bone

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Pages: 481

Form: eBook

Genre: Fiction

” Everyone else feels like being caught in the rain. You’re the whole tsunami.” – Inan.

Children of Blood and Bone, the debut novel of Tomi Adeyemi, a Nigerian-American writer, is an enthralling narrative of love, hate, fear, anger, discrimination, and more of the realities inherent in life.

It begins the trilogy “The Legacy of Orïsha” and tells the story of how a set of teenagers set out on a task to restore magic to a kingdom that lost its power through the villainy of its king.

Synopsis.

Before the raids, the kingdom of Orïsha housed two cultures: the Maji, which comprises natives with magic; and the Kosidan, natives without magic. King Saran, claiming magic was the cause of all evil and the Maji made him lose his family, rid the land of magic and killed all the Maji. After killing the Maji, there are still two cultures: the Kosidan and the “other”. The other comprises diviners who are children of magical blood but are unable to become Maji due to the absence of magic and they are called maggots.

Eleven years after the raid, Zélie, a young diviner; her Kosidan brother, Tzain, a skilled Agbön player; and Amari, the Princess of Orïsha, are chosen by the gods to restore magic to the kingdom. They embark on a journey to get three artifacts with which Zélie will perform a ritual at the Holy Temple before the solstice. On this journey, however, they must evade King Saran’s army, led by Inan, Amari’s brother and the crown prince. If Zélie successfully performs the ritual before the solstice, magic will be restored to Orïsha and should she fail, Orïsha will bid magic goodbye forever.

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Zélie: The diviner daughter of a Maji mother and a Kosidan father, Zélie is the one chosen by the gods to perform the restoration ritual. Her white hair, which shows she’s a diviner, also implies she could be a Maji, thereby making her a part of the other due to discriminations against all those of magical blood. Though Zélie is brave, sharp, and intelligent, she’s also impatient which often implicates her. Under her facade of hard girl, she’s also kindhearted. In the course of their journey, she gets to know Inan and falls for him.

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Tzain: A talented agbön player, Tzain is the Kosidan elder brother of Zélie who is always trying to protect her from harm. He’s family oriented and does everything within his power to keep his family together. He’s part of the restoration team 😂 and ends up falling for Amari during the quest.

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Amari: The princess of Orïsha. She steals the scroll, one of the three artifacts needed for the restoration ritual, from the palace after her father killed her diviner best friend, Binta, who regained her powers after touching the scroll. She flees from the palace and meets Zélie in the market while trying to avoid the king’s guards. She begs Zélie to save her, and take her along to wherever she’s going to. Thus, she becomes a part of the quest, a task she’s happy to carry out having witnessed the beauty of magic from the hands of Binta. At first, Zélie finds it hard to trust her but with time, their friendship blossoms. She reciprocates Tzain’s feelings and their relationship is sustained throughout the quest. Amari happens to be my favorite character because her determination and kindheartedness are forces to reckon with, she encourages others not to give up, and always tries to set everything right. Her growth is also astonishing. How she grows from being a timid princess to being a fearless lionaire who confronts her father and kills him. Isn’t that amazing? 😭. Then, she’s true to herself and others, and doesn’t hide the fact that she loves food 😍 (I mean, who doesn’t love food 😏).

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Inan: The crowned prince of Orïsha. He tries to always please his father and prove to him that he’d be a good ruler of Orïsha. In the course of chasing Zélie and others, he finds himself becoming a Maji mysteriously. He starts to hate himself because he’s becoming what he has been taught to hate. He tries to suppress his magic, and conceal his identity by continuously dying his hair black. When he gets to meet Zélie and he’s able to penetrate her thoughts through his Connector power, he starts to question how his father raised him to be a hater of magic. Therefore, making Orïsha a better place becomes his utmost concern. However, having witnessed the beauty of magic from Zélie and others, and having been raised to hate magic, he doesn’t know which part to stick with. When he sees the danger magic can cause, he makes his decision. He loves Zélie also but their romance is cut short 😢 unlike that of Amari and Tzain.

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There are lots of things I love about this book. From its elaborate plot to its various themes which include Afrofuturism, Matriarchy, Colorism, Magic, West African Traditions, Importance of Black Lives etc.

The author of this book says her inspiration comes as a result of the Black Lives Matter Movement. At the end of the book, she asks everyone who felt for Zu, to also feel for all other colored children who have been victims of police brutality, discrimination etc in one way or another. This story is ambiguous because underlyingly, it portrays the discrimination against children of color around the world and how quickly they mature beyond their years against a fearful power structure that should be guarding them.

I love the way she incorporates West African culture and the Yoruba Language into the book. And how she exhibits her poetic license in creating words like lionaire, leopanaire etc. It’s symbolic and stylistic.

And the way she portrays a matriarchal society, God! How she uses Sky Mother instead of Sky Father (Obatala), which is the one we actually have in the Yoruba Culture, and how most people who wield power within the Maji and diviner clans are women is just amazing. Her usage empowers women and shows that they are more powerful than they are made to seem.

All in all, this book has been a stunner. 😍😍

And, in the end:

“We are all Children of Blood and Bone.

All instruments of vengeance and virtue”

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Has anyone read Children of Blood and Bone?

What are your thoughts about it?

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I’m currently reading Easy Motion Tourist

What are you reading??

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❤, Simbiat.

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7 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW #2”

  1. Children of blood and bones…. A book that drew my attention and gave me beautiful distractions. I never enjoyed it first, to be sincere, but as I got in deep, I fell in love with the characters. The thoughts of having to feel that you’re in the scene itself made me finish the book. The imageries are powerful, so powerful. It’s a good read, I must say. It’s worth all the time and all the review one could ever give it.

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  2. The book really seems like a great book to read. I’ve had its ecopy for a while now. I havent read it yet because Futurism isnt a genre I like at all. Great review tho 👏🏽👏🏽

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