Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone

Book - 2018
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Seventeen-year-old Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.
Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt and Company,, [2018]
ISBN: 9781250170972
Branch Call Number: TEEN ADE
Characteristics: 531 pages : maps ; 24 cm


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OPL_DavidD Jun 18, 2019

Some strong world building with a return of magic story. The different narrators all had their own voices and kept the stakes personal.

Jun 06, 2019

An interesting setting, but feels highly derivative, particularly of "Avatar the Last Airbender," and it's rife with YA cliches and saddled with a badly-written romance (which is itself a YA cliche unfortunately). This is her first book and hopefully she'll improve as a writer, but I could only get about 60% of the way through this before realizing everything was so predictable that I couldn't stay engaged with it.

DPLchandra Apr 20, 2019

If you are a fan of high fantasy, you cannot miss this one. Beautifully written, Children of Blood and Bone will suck you in. Anxiously awaiting the sequel.

Apr 18, 2019

This is sure to be a winning dystopian series. With the main characters Nigerian, female and the battle between magic and the non-magic world, it is a gripping story.

Apr 01, 2019

It’s not a bad book. The writing is solid enough, but the story has been told better. While I liked the main character well enough, it is not as good as everybody told me it would be.

Mar 02, 2019


LPL_VanessaR Feb 28, 2019

Zélie's world as an underdog, as a maji, as a child tethered to the whims of a ruthless kingdom does what anyone would do in her situation: fight. Orïsha is filled with the blood and bones of her ancestors and present. She faces betrayal, violence, love, and intense sadness in her quest to save her family and magic. Tears will be shed and hope will bloom while reading. I offer it to all readers to take on, even if it's a chapter at a time when it's intense, it's worth the journey.

Feb 19, 2019

One of the best book I have read, can't wait for the rest of the series.
This is a very mind blowing read, which will vividly take you to a new world of imagination.

Feb 18, 2019

Incredibly engrossing. Wonderful world building. It was a great analogy, but it didn't make the mistake of banging me over the head with a MESSAGE. It was almost too hard to read at times, but I'll be reading the next one as soon as it's released.

Feb 18, 2019

Although the pacing seemed off to me - speeding through important parts or prolonging in other areas - I really enjoyed this book and cant wait for the next!

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DPLchandra Apr 20, 2019

DPLchandra thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Oct 07, 2018

C_02 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Jul 29, 2018

8576601_ thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 18

OPL_KrisC Jul 06, 2018

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Oct 08, 2018

Sexual Content: Inan and Zel hug and then Inan touches Zel all over her body. There are also no more than 4 references to seduction. And the way the maji were treated by others is a bit scary. They are sometimes sent to brothels among other things.

Oct 07, 2018

Violence: Lots of people are seen dying. Even innocents. It was a bit unnerving.


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ArapahoeMaryA Aug 24, 2018

As it fades, I see the truth - in plain sight, yet hidden all along. We are all children of blood and bone. All instruments of vengeance and virtue. This truth holds me close, rocking me like a child in a mother's arms. It binds me in its love as death swallows me in its grasp.

Jun 13, 2018

Deep down, I know the truth. I knew it the moment I saw the maji of Ibadan in chains. The gods died with our magic. They are never coming back.


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Jun 13, 2018

Once, Orïsha was the land of maji, ten powerful clans, each with their own unique powers to command earth or water, life or death. But eleven years ago, King Saran conducted the Raid, cutting the maji off from their gods, and killing every practitioner old enough to have come into their powers. Only the divîners remain. Children at the time of the Raid, they will live their entire lives under the heel of the Royal Guard, derided as maggots, never coming into their inheritance. It seems that the gods have abandoned Orïsha. But tension is brewing in the royal family. Princess Amari’s best friend is a divîner named Binta, who serves as her chamber maid, and Prince Inan is hiding a dark secret of his own. Having lost her mother in the Raid, a young divîner named Zélie harbours a deep resentment for the royal family, and a longing for the Reaper powers she should have inherited on her thirteenth birthday. Instead, she trains to fight with a staff, and dreams of a day when the divîners will rise up against their oppressors. But the gods have plans to throw some unusual allies in her path.

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