Ever since the Raid, magic has been as good as gone in Orïsha. Divîners like Zélie, once able to become powerful maji, are heavily taxed and targeted by a ruthless king determined to destroy all magic. A chance encounter in the city, though, may be the key to restoring magic to Orïsha for good.
Children of Blood and Bone is an emotional rollercoaster. From fear to sadness to anger to joy – I don’t think I’ve ever gone through so many emotions in such a short time because of a book before. I had to take a few breathers, let me just tell you. Every twist and turn is so well executed and heart-wrenchingly real. It doesn’t shy away from how far a terrified tyrant king can go, especially when he’s convinced everyone that he’s right to fear magic. Especially when some of those people are the very ones whose power he fears.
I loved every aspect of Children of Blood and Bone – love so forbidden the lovers themselves fear it, siblings warring against each other, their parents, and their own hearts, a king whose abuse will cost him everything. Every relationship is complex and rich and full of potential. Each moment is perfectly poised at the cusp of everything going awry. This book is an absolute masterpiece. It had me hooked from the very start to the final word. If you’ve never read it, trust me when I say you’re missing out.
Yours in love and literature, Page.
Content warning(s): death, violence, genocide, torture, sexual harassment, implied sexual content
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