16 March 2018

Children of Blood and Bone - Tomi Adeyemi | I enjoyed the book, however also had some issues

fantasy, young adult
#1 in the Orisha Chronicles
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut Children of Blood and Bone.
warning: there will be some minor spoilers in this review

a few weeks ago I read an excerpt of the book and loved it
my preordered copy arrived some days ago
and I already read the story
my expectations were pretty high
because the book is praised everywhere for being amazing
and overall I also enjoyed the dark, fast-paced story
I was emotionally involved right from the first pages on
and the author made it easy for me to feel connected
to be part of the emotional rollercoaster "Children of Blood and Bone" delivers
however there were also some points I struggled with
I'm not the biggest fan of bloodthirsty fights
and knew before reading the book that that might be an issue
thankfully it was only a small one
I also couldn't understand
why not all descendants of the maji had been killed
as the emperor that's exactly what I would have ordered
everything else made no sense
I also didn't enjoy that a potential love story
was used as a catalyst for the development of certain story lines
but that the romance itself didn't seem to be important
and I wasn't a fan of how the love interest was introduced
the sentences used
An unknown force burns behind his amber gaze, a prison I can't escape. Something in his spirit seems to claw onto mine. 
seemed out of place
in a scene where death was imminent
overall I still enjoyed this story
especially the fascinating world-building
and plan to go on with reading the trilogy
if the synopsis of the second book will appeal to me.


  1. Yup the emperor didn't make sense, but the story was so good except for that bit. Great review!

  2. I skimmed your review to avoid spoilers, but I'm happy to see that you enjoyed this one overall. I'm dying to read it! How cool that it's a NYT bestseller, too.

  3. This seems like it's a good read (I mean, I've seen everyone talking about it). I understand there are flaws, I'm with you on demanding the mass execution thing, but I suppose unless I read the book I won#t know the full logic behind the decision. Your review definitely convinces me I should check this book out though.




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