I probably won’t be able to fully express how much I absolutely loved Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone. It’s action-packed!!! And it’s filled with all the elements that make for great drama. There’s family loyalty and obligation; conflicts and betrayals; politics and power struggles; romance and trust issues; love and loss. But what makes this story even more intriguing is that it’s held together by a kick-ass female lead. Her name is Zelie, and she’s sooooo flippin’ awesome! Zelie is a “diviner;” part of a special group of people with latent magical powers. This group is deemed a threat to the country’s monarchy. As a consequence, diviners are subjugated in society (in this case, society is the fictional land of Orïsha.) A chain of events lead Zelie on a mission to restore magic throughout the land and reconnect the ancient African Gods/Goddesses to their people. But an evil King stands in her way. And he is willing to go to any lengths, no matter how deadly, to stop her.
It was hard for me to put this book down. A definite page-turner. And a fabulous debut work for Tomi Adeyemi.