Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone

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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
Characteristics: 531 pages ; 24 cm

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Jul 24, 2018

I think 99% of the world loved this book, and trust me. I wanted to love it, too. The diverse cast of characters, a land of magic, themes of revenge, and fantasy all gripped me. I thought I was going to love Zélie and her badass nature, and that there was going to be all the elements of a wonderful fantasy book. I thought I would find a new favourite. That’s not to say this book was horrible . There were definitely some positives, and I will be picking up the sequel. It’s just that my expectations were so high and… in the end, I was just so disappointed. The story follows Zélie, a divîner in Ilorin who is training in secret with Mama Agba. Alongside her fellow divîners, she learns to fight and train while the threat of guards is forever lurking. Although all divîners are supposed to grow into powerful maji, King Saran led an attack on all maji that destroyed magic, killing thousands, including Zélie’s mother. When fate entwines her with Princess Amari, she sets off on a journey to restore magic once and for all. Zélie was one of the most immature, stupid characters I’ve ever read about. You know those characters that you scream at in your head? That make you want to physically throw the book against the wall? She was the main reason why I disliked this book so much. She consistently made horrible decisions, and it was always others that had to pay for her utter lack of logic. The romance was… so disappointing. Tzain was the light at the end of the tunnel, and I’m praying for his POV in the next installment.

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