Fantasy,  Review,  YA

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


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

Publication Date: March 6th 2018
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Read Date: September 30 2018
Genre: Fantasy / YA /Magic & Myth
Pages: 530

Stars: 5/5 (more than 5 Stars/Golden star)

5 star


Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut Children of Blood and Bone.

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

Zelie remembers when the soil of Orisha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled – Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zelie’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 Zelie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden. 

Zelie 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, Zelie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. 

Danger lurks in Orisha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zelie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic – and her growing feelings for an enemy.

The movie of Children of Blood and Bone is in development at Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions with the incredible Karen Rosenfelt and Wyck Godfrey (Twilight, Maze Runner, The Fault In Our Stars) producing it.


Children of Blood and Bone was a YA fantasy novel revolved around a magi, a princess and A prince whose life was blended by a magical parchment that can bring back the magic in the kingdom. It was about- fighting for rights, equality, freedom, respect and greater good; fighting against the fear, suffering, and tyranny of king; family, love, friendship, and royalty. It included magic, myth, monarchy, battle, adventurous travel.

I haven’t encountered any book like this before. I loved it more than Percy Jackson and any of my top favorite books. And I finished this book at fastest speed. In just 2 days I read 500 pages. If I didn’t need a sleep and food for baby I would have finished it in one sitting. From where should I start? Everything about this book is worth reading. No review can fully justify the beauty and amazingness of plot, characters and world-building. Author truly bring back magic to the fantasy world.


All characters were creative, and original.

Zelie was diviner and had latent magi ability that later manifest into powerful magic of death and life. She was fierce, strong, warrior who had blood curdling childhood which had rooted terror and fear in her so deep but family love and fight for survival had given her strong will and determination. She was empathetic even to princess and prince whose father had taken so much from her life. I liked she gave them a chance and loved the way her relationship developed with Amari.

Amari was the princess, King Saran’s daughter, and was my favorite in the book. She was timid in the beginning but it was exciting to see her fierce side in book. She was strong, rebellious, and most conscience person in the book. She had all the ability to rule the kingdom, she felt pain of people, guilt of her father’s action and did everything to right the wrong. She didn’t have magical ability but was connector in true meaning.

Inan– A prince, Amari’s brother and future king of Orisha. I had mixed feeling for this character from beginning to end. Some of his characteristic was likable while the other- like his blind belief in his father and his constant efforts of gaining his love and respect was irritating and made him unlikable.

Tzain was the brother all sisters would want to have. He was protective for Zelie and stood up with her in all difficulties, guided her whenever she was wrong. I liked to read all sides of him. Other secondary characters were so impressive that made me wish there was more about them. Villain of the book- King Saran was most creative and hateful character of the book.

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Books was written from the perspective of Amari, Zelie and Inan. Three different characters with different view point which made the plot mesmerizing, touching, emotional and simply lovable.

Writing was exquisite, flawless, polished, beautiful and captivating. Beauty and horror was perfectly balanced in the story and author perfectly harmonized characters, world, action, twist and turns. There wasn’t anything too much or too less.

Beginning of the book was thrilling, it drew perfect picture of Zelie’s life, her problems, the kingdom and the situation of people after the raid. I loved the way Mama Agba’s told the story the history of Diviners and Magis, the way she explained the art of staff and importance of lessons.

As the story progressed Amari and Inan’s life was introduced which showed the environment within palace. Nothing might have prepared me for this surprise. I was shocked and awed reading about them. How can a father be so cruel and manipulative to his own children was beyond imagination.

World-building was the best part of the book. Map of Orisha was simple and beautiful. Rich exquisite details of Orisha and its people- Kosidan and Magis- their lifestyle, history, magic, rituals, myth and Yoruba language, was fascinating to read. The more I read the more stories, facts and features about the world I discovered.

The regions characters traveled on Orisha’s map, difficulties they faced in finding magical artifacts, rage filled Prince on their trail, filled the pages with thrill, action and anxiety. Every chapter had a true emotions whether it was hatred, vengeance, fear, horror, betrayal or love and new forming bonds. I loved to read siblings love and enemies turned to lover relationship.

Cleverly written twist and turns throughout the story made it impossible to put down the book. Climax was unexpected and uncertain. I didn’t know how it was going to end. I couldn’t even guess what Zelie would do once she reached to temple. I was expecting betrayal but still nothing could have prepared me for what happened in the temple.

So many things happened from climax to end in few pages. End was satisfactory, not a cliffhanger but I didn’t wasn’t to stop here. Next book of the series is going to be most anticipated book in 2019.

The book was written based on black people’s experience which was mentioned in author’s note. Don’t miss out those beautiful last few pages of Author’s note and acknowledgements.


Overall, this is best novel I read in 2018. It was engrossing, adventurous and adrenaline inducing, page turner novel featuring people of color. It had everything in the book that a YA fantasy lover would want. If you wish to read a book for marathon read, this is the best choice. If you haven’t read this book yet, get it ASAP.


Author: Tomi Adeyemi

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