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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

February 9, 2019

Zélie Adebola remembers when there was magic in the air, in the sea, and in the soil. Zélie Adebola remembers her mother’s magic protecting her from evil forces and helping her in any way. Zélie Adebola remembers when magic disappeared. Zélie Adebola remembers her mother’s slaughter. She will never forget, and now she can do something about it, with a newly found scroll of power that restores only a small portion of magic, she can fight King Saran and his evil ways. With the help of her brother, the king’s daughter, and a bunch of others along the way, she will fight without rest to restore magic fully: to the Maji, to her fellow Diviners, and to the world.

Adeyemi created an amazing plot in this book and used effective strategies and structure to give the reader a full experience. One of these was multiple perspectives–every chapter the point of view changes and is always in first person, so it’s like the reader is in each character’s head and knows his or her thoughts. Because of the multiple perspectives, the reader is not limited to one person, but gets to know all the important characters.

And who are those characters? They are Zélie Adebola, Amari, and Inan. Zélie, as explained before, was a girl destined to have magic, specifically over death. Then it all disappeared and her mother was slaughtered. After she gets the scroll to save magic forever, a reader would think that she would be on board with bringing magic back a hundred percent, but after meeting a group of Diviner rebels, she actually has second thoughts: Is it safe to bring magic back? Would it really make everything better?

One of the most important characters is Amari, King Saran’s daughter. She is the one who brings the scroll to Zélie and needs her help to escape. Amari is one of those characters that looks soft and vulnerable on the outside, but on the inside, she has the skills of a ninja master. She’s brave, determined, and wants to help anyone in need–in this case Zélie and the Diviners.

Then there’s Inan. He may not be the most important or destined character, but he’s a red devil with white angel wings and a halo. He’s obviously a devil, although he also has good qualities, and knows what’s right and wrong, but he’s King Saran’s son, so that adds conflict to the plot.

This title may seem like a good, classic, “Bring magic back” fantasy. But that’s not simply the case with this book; it has much deeper meanings. For one, there’s a strong racism metaphor, but instead of black skin, it’s white hair, because anyone with white hair has magic, or had magic. These white haired people are the Diviners, and they are discriminated against. Seeing the impact of this discrimination definitely changed my view of this fantasy book’s world and the real world.

 Overall, this is one of the best novels I’ve ever read, with the most intriguing characters, plot, and themes. I recommend this book to anyone who loves magic, meaning, and thrill. Adeyemi’s novel is 100% a ten out of ten title. I hope any reader will enjoy!


Henry Holt, 532 pg.

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