Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1) by Tomi AdeyemiLots of folks have reviewed this book, most of them bringing their own baggage along for the ride. Adeyemi has created a world that was once filled with magic; the impact of that time, and how it pitted those with and without magical abilities against each other, pervades the current period. The maji adults, whose magic gave them abilities to control water, fire, the dead, etc. She trains in secret with other teens, so they can one day rise up, although no one know how or when that might happen. This is all far more complicated and interesting than anyone can condense into a single paragraph. There is a lot of plot to bring the three of them together and a lot of angst as loyalties shift.
BOOK REVIEW--CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE
Where Fantasy Meets Black Lives Matter
The seven-figure book advance and movie deal bestowed a year ago on Tomi Adeyemi suggest the opposite: a convergence of themes likely to appeal to a very wide audience. Adeyemi, whose Children of Blood and Bone is the first volume of a projected trilogy, is a year-old newcomer to the thriving market of young-adult literature, where demands for greater diversity of authorship and subject matter have lately been loud and clear. Instead, her high-profile debut calls attention to an underheralded tradition. For at least five decades, writers such as Samuel Delany and Octavia Butler, among other leading figures of the movement known as Afrofuturism, have worked African traditions into their prize-winning science fiction and fantasy. More recently, legends of the orishas—divine spirits of the Yoruba brought to the New World by slave ships centuries ago—have found their way into YA fare. They have been put there by black writers well aware that speculative fiction has always been about more than magic and clever devices.
Then one night, magic deserted them, and the magi were brutally murdered by a tyrannical king. A chance encounter with a rebel princess sends her on a dangerous journey that will give her the chance to restore magic — but the cost will be higher than she ever imagined. It does not disappoint. Rather than subverting them, Adeyemi revels in fantasy tropes, giving us princesses, family betrayals, power struggles and an epic world with a new system of magic to explore and enjoy. But it is the vibrantly drawn, west African-inspired setting that makes this unlike any fantasy readers will have encountered before. The hate-to-love romance comes with high stakes, and the relationship is realistically and passionately realised. All of it is packaged in a tightly plotted, action-packed adventure.
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A thoroughly dissappointing read. Before i dive into this review, i'd just like to say that i did like the premise of this book. I liked the fact that Tomi wanted to explore Yoruba mythology, i also absolutely loved the fact that she wanted to put Nigeria not just as a place representing Africa as a whole but a country with it's unique culture and all that - she failed in that though , but hey at least she didn't do the whole Africa is a country thing. First of: Adeyemi had a chance really to pro. First of: Adeyemi had a chance really to properly explore yoruba mythology and you know just educate people but somewhere along the line everything started looking like a rebooted Netflix Version of your fave animie.
Writing the book over 18 months and 45 drafts, Adeyemi drew inspiration from novels like Harry Potter and An Ember in the Ashes as well as West African mythology and the Yoruba culture and language. The hopelessness she felt at police shootings of black Americans also motivated her to develop the story of Children of Blood and Bone. The book received one of the biggest young adult publishing deals ever, including preemptive sale of film rights to Fox Debuting at number one on The New York Times best-seller list for young adult books, the novel received mostly positive reviews. Critics wrote about its examination of oppression, racism, and slavery, with the kosadan and maji serving as stand-ins for real-world groups. It is also a coming-of-age story as the characters discover their abilities to help shape the world through their actions. Tomi Adeyemi had worked unsuccessfully on a manuscript for three years before beginning Children of Blood and Bone.