Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, 531 pages

Eleven years ago, King Saran ordered the mass murder of the maji of Orisha in retaliation for an uprising against him, leaving behind orphaned diviners — white-haired children with magical potential that will never be reached (well, not if King Saran has anything to say about it). Now, 17-year-old diviner Zelie and Saran's daughter Amari have been thrown together in a quest to bring magic back to Orisha, with the king's ruthless guards hot on their tail.

For a long book, this reads incredibly quickly, with plenty of page-turning action. That said, the characters are nothing to sneeze at. I particularly like the internal conflicts of Amari's brother Inan, who is also captain of King Saran's guards. I don't know that this is quite the "next Harry Potter" as it's been called, but it is a good YA fantasy, and I look forward to seeing what Adeyemi has planned for the rest of the series.

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