Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi // Book Review

Children of Blood and Bone (Children of OrÏsha #1)

by Tomi Adeyemi

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction

Number of Pages: Kindle Edition, 537 pages / Hardcover, 525 pages

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group / Henry Holt and Co.

Goodreads Rating: 4.44 / 5

My Rating: 5/5 StarStarStarStarStar

Publication Date: 6 March 2018

In August 2017 I wrote a review of the preview. The book was so captivating that I had no choice but to go and finish reading it as soon as I was able to. The review of the preview:


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 Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and 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 the enemy.



I will say it a thousand times. I will scream it from the mountains until the world hears what I have to say. Everyone who likes any type of fantasy, young adult, adventure, or magic filled novel will enjoy this novel. It is not bound by the laws of earth. This world is one that was created by Tomi Adeyemi and it is one that will stick with me for a long time.

I was blown away by every aspect of this book. If I could give a higher rating than 5 / 5 I would not hesitate. The plot twists, the emotions, the characters, the world and every intricate detail that was involved in creating this work of art.

The characters carry you by a thread and you constantly wait to see who is actually on which side.  All the characters are intricate with each flaw and strength of the characters playing a special role in the story. Zélie is my favourite character. She is strong in body and mind. Zélie’s character drew me in and made me feel her emotions or experience her excitement. It has been a long time since I have read about such a profoundly intense and remarkable female character.

There is so much substance to this world that it felt like I was transported every time I opened the book. Orïsha is dark and mysterious as well as enchanting and beautiful. A lot of the time in this book I was either awe-struck or about to fall out of my chair in anticipation. The ending of the book leaves a lot to desire from a sequel. Ayedemi is a great writer, and I can’t wait to see what she does next.

P.S, I’m obsessed with this book. It’s not a question of if you should read it, its a matter of when you should read it.

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


Happy Reading !


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