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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and What Made it Magical

Dear Fellow Readerholics,

As part of the Inky Awards Shadow Judging process, Children of Blood and Bone was sent to me. I picked it up and began to read. As usual, the results did not disappoint.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, is a powerful novel about courage and taking back what is ours. It follows Zélie Adebola, a headstrong teenage girl who remembers her past and is unwilling to forget. Magic once coursed through her veins but all that stopped the same night her mother was taken from her. When Zélie was left without a mother and her people, left without hope, she knew that something had to change. Now Zélie has one chance to bring magic back and bring the monarchy to its knees. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who wants nothing more than to stifle what is left of any magic. Her quest may be dangerous, but is far less treacherous than her growing magic or her feelings for the enemy.

Children of Blood and Bone is a novel about vengeance and sacrifice. When I first read Children of Blood and Bone, I was instantly drawn to the bold and heroic character of Zélie. Her character is inspiring and her forgiving nature is a welcome change from other ‘bold type’ characters. I really love how her attitude is portrayed in the novel as it makes her seem more down to earth and realistic. My favourite part of the novel was how ‘raw’ characters were portrayed. As readers, we are subject to the small yet meaningful moments that make the book all the more relatable.

I don’t read all that many fantasy novels so I was pleasantly surprised at how this novel was handled. I often find other fantasy novels to be somewhat stifling as the characters are limited to be a stereotype. Adeyemi breaks free of any stereotypes faced in the real world or in her fictional world. I really cherished the attention to detail within the plot and how most parts of it were relevant to the story.

I really appreciated Children of Blood and Bone as a contender for the Inky Awards. For this, I rate it 8.1/10.


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