Week 28 of 2018 Reading Challenge 'A book written by an author under 30'
I chose Tomi Adeyemi, a 24-year-old Nigerian-American author of Children of Blood and Bone a fantasy novel inspired by Black Lives Matter movement.
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.
How do you put into words something so powerful and great that it longs to stay with you forever?
Tomi Adeyemi ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ was sitting on my Wishlist since its debut four months ago. Every time I had the urge to get started something inside me made me put the book back down. Now I realize what was holding me back. I was intimidated, by the cover, the length and the way I knew the story would make me feel.
85 chapters and 525 pages later I regret not picking it up sooner.
This book was one hell of a ride from start to finish, and I don’t think I stopped to take a breath. Fast-Paced is an understatement. I was on the edge of my seat, gripping tightly, unable to put the book down and dying to find out what was going to happen next.
The story is told through the eyes of Zelie, the protagonist, Amari, the runaway princess and Inan the prince. Each character is complex, further developing and revealing more as the story goes on. I adored that the dynamics between the characters changed regularly, its ever-evolving and unpredictable and at times left me cursing.
I was genuinely fascinated by the rich West-African culture and tradition that was present throughout. The clothes, ceremonies, language, so beautifully written I could almost feel myself inside their world.
Upon ending when I finally had a moment to reflect, I reached the authors note, and as if I had held in all my emotions the whole way through, they came tumbling out at full speed, and I cried. You need to read Tomi's words !!!
This extraordinary young adult fantasy novel has changed me. Behind the magic, fantasy, and mythical creatures is a deeper meaning, and it's so very sad.
I'm going to reread it, revel in it again and then patiently wait for the sequel.
Have you read this book ??
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