Published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers on March 6, 2018
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.
Children of Blood and Bone was yet another one that I had to read for my young adult fiction class. I thoroughly enjoyed it, though I did think that it dragged on a bit at times. I bet I only think that because it was a book I had to read for class. I’m sure that if I had picked it up on my own, I would’ve enjoyed it a lot more.
I really loved Zelie. She was such an awesome and powerful character. She was ruthless yet sweet, and I loved how much she cared for everyone in her life. I also love that the book itself was told in three different point of views, including Zelie, Amari, and Inan. It really gave a strong mixture of perspectives, which let you see the story from many different vantage points.
I also really appreciated the character development of all the characters throughout this book. I wouldn’t have wanted it any differently! The ending was also crazy. I really want to talk about it but don’t want to spoil anything! I know that I’ll probably pick up book 2 at some point, even though Children of Blood and Bone wasn’t one that I loved.