ARC Review: "Children of Blood and Bone" (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and 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 the enemy.



I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is one of the books which has been quite the hype ever since its cover reveal and the movie deal. I had the chance to read this at the end of 2017 and, honestly, this book was a fantasy that reminded me why I love the genre.

There's adventure, humor, angst, romance and tragedy all wrapped up in a nice gift of emotions! Zélie, her brother and their people live in an African-inspired fantasy world, where magic has disappeared and their people, while considered to be quite powerful in magic in the past, now are treated as animals by their conquerors.

When Zélie saves Amaris, the runaway princess who has stolen a powerful secret from her father, a manhunt will begin with her older brother in tow. Apart from the plot, I have to point out that the world-building, the language, the scenery and the character development made me remember of Sarh J. Maas. NO, I am not comparing the authors' styles but as a debut novel, I want to point out how amazing Tomi's style is!

The book is big, yet you can easily lose yourself in reading it! Even towards the last page, you are horribly aware that something terrible will happen and then the book will end! Which happened! This book had one of those cliffhangers that will make you remember them for the rest of the year as you'll wait for the sequel! (this is how I feel after a Jay Kristoff book!)

If you love a well-written fantasy with a touch of the mysterious and divine then this book is for you!

About the author:

Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. Her debut novel, CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE, comes out March 6th, 2018 and the movie is currently in development at Fox with the producers of Twilight and The Maze Runner attached. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she received a fellowship that allowed her to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. 

When she’s not working on her novels or watching Scandal, she can be found blogging and teaching creative writing to her 3,500 subscribers at Her website has been named one of the 101 best websites for writers by Writer’s Digest.

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