Summary from Publisher:
They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.
Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled – Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’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 Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.
Zélie 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, Zélie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic – and her growing feelings for an enemy.
It’s been awhile since I fell hard for a YA series. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi kept showing up as a recommendation for me. With all the hype around it, I was kind of avoiding it to be honest. Then I saw it sitting on the audiobook shelf over in our teen section the other day. I figured if it was actually in, and I was actually in need of an audiobook for the commute home, then the time had come. I snagged it. And fell. Hard.
Adeyemi’s world building is nothing short of amazing. It’s vibrant and beautiful and true to the magic she has created. The characters are strong and real. The growth each encounters is uniquely drawn on the strengths and weaknesses each have been given but they are true and consistent, sometimes frustratingly so as you see them react badly to a situation but know it is consistent for them. By the book’s end, I found myself cheering for the character I disliked the most in the beginning of the book because she grew stronger and gained depth as a person that I never would have imagined but when I looked back over her journey, made perfect sense.
I was lucky enough to snag our audiobook copy. Bahni Turpin narrates this book. I cannot say enough about her talent! If you have never heard her perform an audiobook, I recommend giving her a listen. Click here to see her audiobooks at the library. She could make the phone book sound good. This book is the most amazing book I’ve ever heard her perform. Her rich accents bring so much depth to the characters. Click here to see if our copy is in. I promise, you won’t regret it!