Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

They killed my mother.

They took our magic.

They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

The Child of Blood and Bone, Nigerian-American Tom Artemis’ first novel, contains the usual elements of a successful youngster book, including action, drama, romance, and teenage triumph. But Artemis’ book is not just a story of surface exploration. Her stories are set in a multi-layered world that is meaningful to readers and audiences of all ages.

The main character, Jelly, is a teenage girl who has been murdered by the royal parents of a rival clan. Both men were special people with magical powers, and the king is determined to eradicate all magic from the kingdom and secure his powers. He conquered the Jelly people and forced them to serve him. Jelly’s quest to save the people begins as she discovers her nascent magical powers and struggles to dominate them. A movie-like adventure story continues, gathering allies in a battle to overthrow the king.

The wizard’s daughter, Jelly, was expecting to inherit magic by herself. Being a fortune teller characterized by dark skin and white hair, a teenager would have become real, but after the king destroyed the magic, she was left with nothing. Her Maji’s mother died, and her magic was gone before she could access it. Now the fortune tellers are not really growing up but are suppressed by the middle class imposed by the government, which makes them lower classes and calls them maggots. The real myth gives artemis room to explore the brutality of the racist system, besides immersing it in YA fantasy. When all hope seems to have disappeared, Zélie has the opportunity to regain her magic when she discovers Amari, the rebellious escape princess, and herself thrown. Amari knows how to get the magic back to the Duck Shah and needs Jelly’s help to do so.
Zélie and Amari are forced to hunt by Amari’s brother Inan while performing their mission. Inan wants to be an obedient son and helps his father carry out his mission to hone his magic forever.
Being a fantacy lover, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I was deeply impressed by the cultural details that enriched the setting. In deep , we can understand , the Kingdom of Orïsha is clearly an African country, and Adeyemi spelled traditions and beliefs based on a study of West African myths and cultures.
Good in the world and in myself. And the evil theme is obvious, but not overly simple. The inter-counter between the good and bad makes it more obivious and interesting.

The most powerful undercurrent in the novel is a good depiction of racial tension and persecution. Zélie’s experience of slaughter, prejudice and structural inequality makes a vivid similarity to our world, even though the doctrine message does not allow it to rule. According to the author’s note, Children of Blood and Bone was born out of anger and Adeyemi told this best book. It’s a very fun escape story that revisits the world around you. It’s a supernatural unaccountable acquirement. Finally, wait for the second book in preparation for the cruel cliff hanger.


Book: Children of Blood and Bone
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Publisher:Macmillan Children’s Books
Year: 2018

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