Review: Children of Blood and Bone

Okay, yes, I’m a little late to the party on this one, but I finally finished Children of Blood and Bone and I NEED to talk about this book. I’m not exaggerating when I say that Tomi Adeyemi and her magnificent book are literally gifts from the gods. Like, if Tomi started a cult I would 100% join it. CBB is my Bible now.

What’s so great about it, you ask? Um, EVERYTHING.

  • This book is a high-fantasy novel, yet it speaks to the world we live in right now so strongly.
  • The storytelling, pacing, and worldbuilding are incredible. Adeyemi is a phenomenal talent.
  • I would happily read a whole series about ANY character in this book, they are all so richly developed and interesting.
  • It’s kind of like Avatar: The Last Airbender and an animated series of CBB in that style would actually make my life complete.
  • Awesome magical powers
  • Badass female MC
  • Badass side characters
  • Pretty much everyone is a badass. Except King Saran. He’s the worst.
  • A cool quest to restore magic to the world
  • Amazing cover art by Rich Deas

If you haven’t read it yet or don’t really know what it’s about, Children of Blood and Bone is set in Orïsha, a fictional African-esque nation (a lot of the lore and locations are named after places and concepts from Nigerian culture) ruled by the cruel and sadistic King Saran.

12 years before the start of the book, Saran conducted the Raid, a night of horror and bloodshed in an effort to stamp out the maji, the magic users of Orïsha. The night of the Raid, a young Zélie Adebola watched as her mother was taken away in chains and killed.

Now, Zélie is a troublemaker and a fighter. She has grown up in a world of cruel guards and impossible taxes. She has hardened her heart against this world but still yearns to fight for justice. But without magic, there is little she can do.

That is, until she meets Amari – a princess on the run. Together they embark on a quest to bring magic back to Orïsha and end King Saran’s oppressive rule.


A lot of YA books get over-hyped but I promise you this is not one of them. This book deserves all the hype around it and more. I am so excited for the sequel, Children of Virtue and Vengeance (set to be published in early 2019), and I can’t wait for the film adaptation!

11/10 everyone should read this book

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