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Review: Children of Blood and Bone

Title: Children of Blood and Bone Author: Tomi Adeyemi Genre: Fantasy Series: Legacy of Orïsha #1

Blurb 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.

What I Liked

Let's be real here. This book is phenomenal. I read it in a single sitting. The world is incredible, and the multiple POVs are distinct and gorgeous. Zélie could easily carry this story on her own, though. She's immediately relatable, sympathetic, and someone to root for. I can't wait to see what happens next for her.

What I Would Have Liked to See

Uhhh the sequel already?

My Favorite

The magic's effects on the maji using it. The physical changes that happen with Zélie as she progresses through the story are very cool, and makes me wonder what will continue to happen as she continues to get stronger.


Read this book now OMG what are you waiting for?!?!?!



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Sofiya Pasternack is a mental health professional, the highly-distractible author of Jewish MG and YA fantasy, and prone to oversharing gross medical stories.

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