Book Review: Children Of Blood And Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone is a fantasy novel written by a 24-year-old America-based Nigerian writer, Tomi Adeyemi. 

The novel was literary one of my experiences with the fantasy genre, the first being Nnedi Okorafor’s Science-fictional novel, Binti:Home.

The novel is the debut of the writer, and, I guess same as Nnedi Okorafor’s novel, Binti. Certainly a first installment of a proposed creativity.

I picked up this novel for reading, out of sheer curiosity. Because, I had heard from a friend of mine that a Hollywood movie studio was adoring a Nigerian-American’s novel and I just couldn’t resist.

The novel, however tells a story of a fictional kingdom, Orisha, currently ruled by a wicked ruler known as King Saran.

Before he steep up to take the responsibility as a king. The practice of magic in the kingdom was lawful and the kingdom’s magicians were greatly respected.

Later, in his regime as a King, Saran outlaws magic, and goes the extra mile to ensure that “the evil” doesn’t resurface in the kingdom.

Maji’s – those gifted with magical abilities by the gods, are forced to live in a state of dystopia.

Reduced to mere diviners, once respected and revered group of magicians becomes intentionally targeted for exploitation by Saran and his forces.

Eleven years into his regime, however, there was a king Saran’s daughter, Princess Amari.

Princess Amari, leaves the palace with a sacred scroll, one of the elements that would be needed to restore magic back.

Luckily, Amari met Zelie – a maij. And   the journey to restored magic back started.

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Children of Blood and Bone is a story of resistance, resilience and, most mostly, a story of hope.

The whole story’s outline and plots were certainly inspired by West-African culture, traditions and religious beliefs.

As a Nigerian, the names of some places in the novel and actual places in Nigeria make the novel more relatable to read and comprehend.

Seeing names like Ilorin, Gombe, and calabar, used as “Calabrar,’ mentioned in this fictional world brings nothing but imagination.

Meanwhile, I’m not sure if the ideas from the novel are true or made up. But, even if it’s actually fictional, Tomi’s description to explain the world of gods would be so clear.

It may, sometimes, easily taken as true. Likewise, her sayings of the origins of magic felt so interesting.

Particularly, I liked the plot being straight forwards by the author.

I mean the nature of the plot, it really worth a silver, if not gold for me.

Notwithstanding, the chapter’s character point of view makes it lucid for each chapter, to picks up right where the preceding character and chapter left off.

The approaches greatly help the speed of the novel, as it entails that the plot continually progresses no matter what.

And if there’s another technical aspect of Children Of Blood And Bone I loved most, it definitely the novel’s pacing and speed.

The author has made a perfect compelling plan for the 468pages of the novel.

Though the novel is a debut to the writer, as many may believe it wouldn’t have been more compelling, but believe me this novel, Children Of Blood And Bone doesn’t seem like one.

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The storytelling of Children of Blood and Bone was nothing short of wearing out in dismay.

Besides, It had my head bursting with fresh experience from the novel, and my head now full of its understanding.


BOOK TITLE: Children Of Blood And Bone.

AUTHOR: Tomi Adeyemi.

PUBLISHER: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR).


LENGTH: 468 Pages (ePub Version)

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