Book Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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Children of Blood and Bone introduces a lot of dynamic, relatable, and courageous characters that dwell on the mischief of the current ruler, who fights the maji and eliminate them in order to eliminate magic in their world.

The explanation of the magic in Zel’s world is amazing – beautifully weaved and it will keep you reading because you want to see how their magic will work in different situations. Also, there are a lot of maji clans with a different variety of magic that will keep the interest of the readers. There are elemental magic, life magic, healing magic and many more to look forward to in the sequel.

I couldn’t say anything in the world building since I thought the pacing is too fast in everything – their adventure, the advances, the acceptance, their struggles, and the sacrifices in between. However, I enjoyed the fast-paced writing style that offers four points of view in between chapters that we could get to see what were the characters thinking, where is the hatred coming from, how they became like that, and what ignited the fear they’ve been hiding.

The good point from this book is that it justifies how the king decided to eliminate the magic – which offers another perspective with our protagonist – how unacceptable for a conqueror to remove magic by killing them. The practice is unethical and inhumane but at some point in the book, you will definitely understand where both sides are coming from and yet, still I don’t agree on killing which holds a greater bias to our main character and talks about how she doesn’t want to kill.

Adeyemi crafted the thoughts of the characters in the book beautifully – it discusses facing their demons and accepting people – but it was a huge downfall that I had a hard time figuring out whose voice I was reading. It felt like I’m reading one voice from all four characters in every chapter of the book. I felt that the book is too overhype as well and the plot is a bit predictable. I’m kind of disappointed but overall, I enjoyed the book.

What matters here is the voice and the lesson that the author wants to deliver to her readers. That your voice matters. That killing is unjustifiable. That learn to stand up on your own. That you matter.




Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. Her debut novel, CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE, comes out March 6th, 2018 and the movie is currently in development at Fox with the producers of Twilight and The Maze Runner attached. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she received a fellowship that allowed her to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. When she’s not working on her novels or watching Scandal, she can be found blogging and teaching creative writing to her 3,500 subscribers at Her website has been named one of the 101 best websites for writers by Writer’s Digest.


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