Honestly, I cannot quite put to words how much I enjoyed Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, I keep trying and nothing seems to do it justice. While it is a young adult book, I believe this is great for adults too. The world building is rich and thoughtful, the plot thrilling and the characters intriguing. The only thing that notably makes this feel like a YA novel is the underlying romantic feelings, but push those aside and you have a well thought out and crafted world of magic and political unrest.
Zélie and her brother were left without a mother after the King ordered any maji or, adults with magic, to be killed. The King cast magic and the gods out of his kingdom and made any maji children second class citizens. When his daughter, Princess Amari, sees a scroll that can restore a maji’s power and right the political imbalance, she goes against her father by stealing it. While fleeing she teams up with Zélie and her brother to restore magic to the land and strike against the monarchy. However, Princess Amari’s brother is tasked with stopping them, and bringing them to justice.
One of the things I liked best about this book was the how the magic worked in this world. Magic wielders can only use one part of magic – fire, earth, death, water, elements, etc. I enjoyed the complexity of the magic and how each type of magic manifested itself.
Overall, I think Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi is a great edition to the fantasy genre. Adeyemi is a talented author with a knack towards world building and rich storytelling. Stop by the young adult section of the library to pick up this exciting, new fantasy novel today.