Children of Blood and Bone | Review

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Tomi Adeyemi
Children of Blood and Bone

The mystical world of dark magic and high intensity Tomi conjures in her debut book, Children of Blood and Bone is not something to overlook. It is such an intense and fast paced ride of magic and power - that was over way before I was ready. It follows Zélie, our white haired hero and her path in coming to terms with the strength she has always been told she didn't posses.
Her Magic. 

As we follow Zélie and her navigation around the dangers of Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters, I couldn't help but wonder why this is not a film. As an avid reader - I have never been a fan of books-come-films, but Tomi creates such a striking and wholly aggressive world that being able to see this outside of my mind would be a sweet release. The twists. The turns. The close shaves. I want to see it with my own eyes and breathe it in.

A book this magnificent and full of wonder has not crossed my path since the discovery of Harry Potter 15 years ago. I love you JK Rowling but Tomi has done it better. 

Children of Blood and Bone is depicted in a fictional country and time. Sadly the story of struggle and prejudice is taken from the world we live in now. It brings you face to face with the discrimination. The hurt. The feeling of being powerless. However this is not a tragedy and it is not the ending. This book is for us. It's for little girls and women who forget that their magic lives within them. They just need to stop repressing it and let it shine. 

But don't take my word for it. Go ahead and try it out.

- Donya Davis

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.
— Zélie
The ReadDonya Davis