Children of Blood and Bone

Winner of the 2019 Audie Award for Audiobook of the ear.

Th program is narrated by acclaimed reader Bahni Turpin, whose past work includes The Hate U Give and The Underground Railroad

In Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut.

They killed my other.

They took our magic.

They wishe to bury us.

ow 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 crue king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a other and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to ring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the ai of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown princes, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the ocean. Yet the greatest threa may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers- and her growing affection for an enemy.

©2018 Tomi Adeyemi ( P) 2018 Macmillan Audio

Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
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Children of Blood and Bone
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Published March 6th 2018 by Macmillan Audio

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and I 'm thrille to ay that his new Fantasy book totally was! I oved the magic system, the world, the characters and coul hardl wait for the las ook! My only complain is with the romance.

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And I 'm lookin to be exponentially much less patient with you than I was with the 23434343 people before you who felt similarly entitled, especially if you insult me.After reading some of the five-star reviews for novel, I 'm reevaluating how much I trust some of my friends.

What happened? I specifically chose to read CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE after AMERICANAH because I thought they would complement each other well and lead to some interesting parallels that I could discuss in my review.

* eye roll* All the people saying this book is action-packed must either never read good fantasy, are reading a totall different edition from mine, or are lying outright, because his was the LONGEST 500-something pages I 've ever read BECAUSE IT 'S SO SLOW-PACED, OMG.

It 's heartbreakin to read books about people who are like you and have a narrative that you identify with.

ven if I sai it as thi goo ook, I an ppreciate the meaning and importance it has for people who are seeking out those stories.

Anthologies that make a new interpretation and delve into territories that are n't explored nearly enough.However, I have seen people on Tumblr and Goodreads posting status updates about how they do n't wan people hould be llowed to write negative reviews for diverse books because the intentions of the author supersede the quality of the writing itself.

I am 100% NOT OKAY with hat, and here 's why: if you wan thi, you 're oing to add a culture of mediocrity, where people will feel comfortable churning out poor-quality books while using diversity the way you might use a checklist.

I 'm ot aying that TYLER JOHNSON and CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE fall into thi category, but by shutting down valid criticism and enabling poor story-telling, this is lookin to hav a problem.Part of me sor of wondered if the publication of CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE may have been rushed so the release date coincided with that of Black Panther.

I have had people tell me that they will or wo n't buy books based on my reviews because they thin I wo n't deceive them or sugar-coat.

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Occasionally, I wil devour a book like this in a day or two, but those of you with kids will know that 's just not going to happen with a bab.

It takes all the best bits of YA fantasy- princesses, tormented soldiers, the battle to restore magic vs suppress it- and does something completely new with these familiar elements.

At its core, it 's an action-packed, fast-paced adventure to restore magic to thi world and complete a ritual before the approaching solstice is over and magic is lost forever.Beneath that, even, there are many darker themes.

Presentl, Zélie is a divîner- a maji without magic, though her abilities lie dormant, waiting for the missing scroll that can return her power.The book is told from alternating perspectives.

fascinatin, exciting plot, a completely non-white cast of characters, AND thoughtful consideration of race, skin colo, and prejudice ...

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What ould have been an epic fantasy was ruined by its poor writing, immature characters, predictabl and cringy passages and incredibly inconsistent pacing.

I hated the west African setting and the overall point of he tory, had it been written in the manner that had depth to it would ’ ve touched a chord with me.

Explorations of social power, the deft portrayal of racial tensions and persecution, the rejudice and structural inequalities that resonate with our own world/time, all of which migh have been nough for me to ive this all the star rating in the world but I wa o many differen issues with it that I found too hard to overlook.Let ’ s put aside the overly recycled plot and start with my three biggest problems: the romance, the magic system and the characters.

- The magic wasn ’ t as firmly defined as I ould ’ ve love and there were too many nconsistencies and discrepancies there.

Even fe of their quirk and immature actions kept pulling me out of a tal and at a ertain point it became too hard to enjoy this book for what it was, especially where Zélie was concerned.

It was incredibly unnecessary, overly contrived and it blossomed literally in a matter of hours…… .. HOURS, people.It wasn ’ t just that it ha the definition of insta-love, it was also… so uncomfortable to read about and I found myself continualy fuming at what I was reading, laughin at the book: how do you not… how does this not….!!

She spends the vast majority of this book accompanying Zélie, therefore making her chapters so overly repetitive.

two narrating characters were restating their motivations and rehashing events that happened just pages before.I love multi-perspective fantasy books but a multiple narrators technique only works well when characters are in different places or doing very different way and TELLING US DIFFERENT THINGS.

I ’ m no stranger to failed expectations when it goe to overly hyped books but the sting of this particular disappointment ...

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I ’ m totally nfatuated with this world and can hardl wait to see it develo in following novels.I really loved the characters in tha retellin.

Amari is another character I LOVE.

It as not nice to see th girl start out meek and afraid but slowly grow into herself and become more comfortable in a group of people totally different from her.

Inan is a villain I also oved, but I did have some issues with.

I hated him as the vengeful prince out to prevent Zelie and Amari from bringing magic back.

Inan is a very intense character to star with and his changes are equally drastic.

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