Hey you guys and welcome to my second review for the month of March! I wish I would have read this book earlier to review it in time for its release on March 6th but I got into a bit of a reading slump last month and didn’t get a lot of reading done but I knew I wanted to give this book the love it deserves!
Originally, I had read an excerpt of Children Of Blood And Bone on NetGalley sometime during the summer of 2017 and I really, really enjoyed what I read so I knew I would want to get my hands on this book as quickly as possible.
And then the weirdest thing happened. I was checking NetGalley and downloaded the copy of this book and when I opened it.
It was the entire book. Start to finish. In my possession.
I screamed about it on Twitter and then swore I’d read it soon – well, I finally read and listened to the audiobook in two days straight this past weekend and spoiler alert: I loved it.
In Children Of Blood And Bone, we follow the perspective of three different characters:
Zélie, who has grown up in a world where magic was destroyed at the hands of the king when he murdered maji. Zélie, now a teenager suddenly finds herself crossing paths with princess Amari who is on the run from her family after she witnesses her father killing her best friend and maid. These two then find themselves on a path to bring magic back while the crown prince, Inan, is hot on their tails and hell-bent on destroying magic once and for all – no matter what it takes.
I don’t really want to say anything else because I think this is definitely the kind of book you guys should go in knowing as little as possible and just taking the story in as it is presented to you. Something I do want you guys to know is that if you’re a fan of fast paced and action packed books, this is definitely for you! We start off the first chapter with a training/fight scene with Zélie and things pretty much continue that way until the very last page. And while this is a pretty fast paced story, we still get enough time to sit down with our characters and get to know them a little bit which is always fantastic.
And while this book is pretty long (just over 500 pages) it never really felt like it was such a big book! The way I consumed this story was to listen to the audiobook (at 2.6x speed – I have no idea how I was able to listen to it this quickly, as usually, 1.75x is the most I can do) while reading along in my eARC copy because I like being able to both listen and read a story if it’s fantasy – especially if it’s the first time I’m reading it.
As I said before, we follow three different perspectives throughout this entire book which I thought was a fantastic way to make sure the reader gets to know these three really well while also giving the reader information about a character’s intentions and thoughts that no one else got – or didn’t get right away.
I feel like the three different perspectives worked really well for this book because we get to experience this world through three different eyes and while you might think that Amari and Inan’s would be similar because they grew up as siblings in the same circumstances, there are still very real differences between how these two see the world. Zélie allows the reader to see the perspective of someone who grew up in the aftermath of the Raid and has to deal with the consequences each day.
As the story progresses, we get to witness each of our characters grow and develop further and we get to see them deal with the world around them and the people inhabiting it and see how that changes – or doesn’t change, their view of things. And I feel like this is where the three perspectives really have a chance to shine because even when all three characters are at the same place – they will react to things differently due to their upbringing and believes.
Writing & Pacing
Tomi Adeyemi sure knows how to write a story that keeps you sitting in bed reading the book for hours on end because you just can’t stop yourself from reading just one more chapter!
Honestly, the number of times I said to myself that I’d just read one more chapter just to realize that the next one was really short too so I could read another one which quickly turned into a never-ending cycle. As I said before, this book is over 500 pages but it truly never felt that long! And I’m pretty sure the short chapters and the fact that you could read through them so quickly contributed to that feeling!
Whenever I have a book with long chapters I often feel like it’s taking me at least twice as long to finish the book because I don’t make as much visible progress chapter wise. Do you ever feel that way too?
To be honest, when I first saw how long this book and the audiobook were I was quite worried about whether or not I would enjoy this book and have a fantastic time reading it. Big books like that often a bit of a turn-off effect for me, especially if it is an entirely new story that I don’t have an emotional connection to already.
For example, the books in The Dark Artifices trilogy are all pretty long too but I am so invested in the characters and what happens to them, that I get excited about the prospect of up to 700 pages whereas with a new set of characters and a new world I’m warier.
But I didn’t need to be! This was such a great book and reading experience and I’m so glad I got to it as quickly as I ended up doing!
If you’re part of the book community on any platform, you’ve probably seen people talk about this book and hype it up so, so much which might have you a bit worried and I get it! I was too when I first got into it but within a couple of chapters I was just entirely hooked and couldn’t stop myself from reading all the chapters!
Tomi herself said Children Of Blood And Bone is Black Panther but with magic so if you watched the movie and loved it (I still haven’t been able to see it) maybe give this book a chance too and see if it’s up your alley!
OH! Something I almost forgot to say about this book, if you have the chance to get the audiobook for this one, definitely do! The narrator did such a fantastic job on this book and I really loved her accent too! There are a few incantations in this book that I would have had no idea how to pronounce so having the narrator do it for me helped a lot!
Where To Get The Book
How about you guys? Have any of you already read Children Of Blood And Bone if so, what did you think? Did you have a favorite perspective to follow – without giving any spoilers, of course!
If you haven’t read this book yet, are you planning on reading it eventually? Are you??? ARE YOU??? I mean, sorry. Pretty please, read this book!
And how do you feel going into this at some point knowing how hyped this book is? Is it something that is going to turn you off reading this sooner? Or make you so curious you have to read it immediately? Let me know in the comments down below!