Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

(Last Updated On: June 25, 2019)

About the Book

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.  |  Release Date: March 6, 2018  |  Pages: 544
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy  |  Format: eARC  |  Source: Publisher via Netgalley

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

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

This post uses affiliate links and I may receive a small commission for purchases made through my links at no additional cost to you. Click here for more info.

Goodreads Amazon B&N Book Depository

My Review

Wow. Just, wow. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi is a fantastic piece of fiction. I was drawn into the narrative with the first words that my eyes took in; the story is instantly engaging and poetically written. The story unfolds at a masterful pace, Adeyemi brings the reader into the world of Orïsha both all at once and slowly, satisfying an unknown craving for more lore while dropping breadcrumbs along the way for more. I can see this book and subsequent series being adapted for film and being as impactful for this generation as Harry Potter was for mine.

Orïsha is a kingdom without magic, but it wasn’t always that way. Before the “Raid” eleven years prior there were 10 clans that were gifted by the gods, each specializing in a different type of magic. But hatred, fear, and vengeance led King Saran to cleanse Orïsha of maji and eliminate magic. But it seems that the gods have something else in mind, and a small group led by Zélie Adebola has the chance to bring magic back.

This book delves into the act of growing up and reconciling what one has been taught growing up with how they perceive the world. Faith and in believing in yourself. Power. How power corrupts. Important themes for YA (and arguably for everyone since as an adult these themes still resonate with me). 

Children of Blood and Bone is a breakout start for a series that I cannot wait to devour with fervor. With excellent pacing throughout the entire book, lovable characters with immense depth, and writing that is so poetic it is tough to put down, I cannot recommend this book enough.

Thank you Netgalley and the publisher, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group & Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), for granting my wish and providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

spacer_wLet’s go on another adventure together!



  1. Ashley

    March 5, 2018 at 12:04 PM

    I’m so excited to continue with the series! I wish it was all out right now so I could binge the whole thing. Your review totally has me itching to re-read Children of Blood and Bone already!

    1. Reader Voracious

      March 5, 2018 at 4:27 PM

      I TOTALLY agree with you there, I simply did not want it to end and wish the trilogy were available in full for me to devour! Are you suffering from a bit of a hangover after reading? I tried to get into another fantasy series yesterday and found myself unable to do so. I love books that stay with you like this one does.

  2. Reader Voracious

    March 5, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    It really is. I hope that if you read it you enjoy it as much as I did.

  3. Reader Voracious Blog

    April 10, 2018 at 4:31 PM

    […] Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. Seriously, if you haven’t read it yet – do it now. […]

  4. Liebster Award – Paul's Picks

    June 20, 2018 at 8:25 PM

    […] Review of Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi […]

  5. Halloween Creatures Tag 2.0 – Reader Voracious Blog

    October 1, 2018 at 9:17 AM

    […] You can read my full review of Children of Blood and Bone here.  […]

  6. My Favorite 2018 Reads – Reader Voracious Blog

    January 1, 2019 at 10:09 AM

    […] Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi blew me away and I am grateful that I was granted an eARC by the publisher so that […]

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: