Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2018
I have been anticipating Children of Blood and Bone since I heard about it last fall. I was a little worried that I would be disappointed because I was looking forward to it so much. I finished it this morning and if anything, I was too reserved in my excitement. It is exactly the kind of sweeping fantasy that I love, and it has so many layers that give it much deeper meaning. I hate spoilers, so all I will say about the plot is that I love Tomi Adeyemi’s choices and where she took each of the characters. Unless you’ve seen or read interviews with the author, it’s important read the author’s note at the end of the book, which gives the story a modern context. That context makes the story even more meaningful. I really enjoyed her writing, and I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book. Even when things seemed to be going well, I felt like I couldn’t let my guard down, which is surely intentional.

I love that women were central to the story, and I appreciate the way that the relationship between Zélie and Amari developed. It is an empowering story on many levels. I don't think I've ever read a fantasy or science fiction book where ALL the characters were Black, and I tried to make sure I pictured the characters as the author intended, occasionally catching myself and having to re-draw a character in my head.

As someone who pretty much never re-reads a book, I will be reading this one again. And of course, I am already anticipating the sequel. I can’t wait to find out what happens and I'm hoping we get to meet more of the different clans. I also really hope they get the movie right, because it could be amazing on the big screen.

I've read some pretty good books in the past year, but this is without a doubt my favorite.
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