03 April, 2019

#BookReview :: Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi

They killed my mother. They took our magic. They tried to bury us. 
Now we rise. 

Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled – Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden. Zélie is one such person. 

Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic – and her growing feelings for an enemy. 

Thanks to Pan Macmillan India, I had an ARC of this book. One of the reasons I put off reviewing this book initially was because this turned out to be one of those books that give you a hangover and leave you pining for the next in the instalment. I so wish I hadn’t started reading this series before all the books are published because the wait for the next book is almost unbearable.

Zelie, our protagonist, is on a journey to bring back magic to the land and restore it. She remembers the time before the cruel king, when there was magic everywhere and different clans ruled the land. She is joined by Tzain, her brother, and Amari, a rebel princess in her quest to not only bring back magic but also topple the monarchy.

What I loved the most about this book was the strong female characters. Zelie is someone who always follows her heart. She can be a little impulsive in her actions, but her heart is always true. Amari’s character grew through the book and developed into this person that I could root for. Together they are amazing and I loved the relationship that they developed over time.  I am not so sure about Tzain and Inan though. Inan, the crown Prince is a product of his upbringing. He can be as ruthless as the King but he has a moral compass that I hope will not let him turn into his father completely. He is a complex character whose arc I am very much interested in. Tzain on the other hand irritated me right off with his attitude towards Zelie.

The magical world that the author has created is indeed very beautiful and there is so much potential in it. The kind of magic that is described in the book has me thinking of all the possibilities. I hope to meet more characters in the upcoming books with diverse abilities so that we get to see how far the scope of magic goes in this world. Did I mention that I also absolutely love the creatures of this world? As the first book of a series, the book does a very good job in world setting and building up the major characters in play. The author’s narrative style is engaging and the language is beautiful. Another thing that may appeal to the readers is that though it’s a fantasy book, it is very relatable to our reality in some aspects. 

Just in case you are a fantasy enthusiast and have been living under a rock (you must be if you haven’t heard about this book before), please go and get this book. You will love it too.

Review Copy received from Pan Macmillan India

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  1. Sounds interesting. Something I might like, DD?

  2. Agreed, x 10! Children of Virtue and Vengeance is still on pre-order. Can't wait to read the next book. - Dragons & Spaceships