Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
What I drank prior: a whole bottle of wine and then one more glass. Went to Melinda’s watched Doctor and got bit by her dog so….
Spoiler-free Overview: so, this girl, Zélie, she’s one of the maji who’s magic got taken away by the evil king guy. Somehow, she gets roped into this adventure to bring magic back so her peeps can ya know… not be treated like vermin… or maggots… (this book’s version of the n-word… the worst).
Spoiler-free Thoughts: guys… just… guys. This book was amaze balls. Just. Heartbreaking and beautiful and broke me into 1,000 pieces and then put me back together. But then also THE CLIFFHANGER WHAT THE FUCK?!
Characters: they are pretty great. Zélie was amazing and was so real. Like so real. Tzain is my precious child. I know I say that a lot but what I loved most was his fierce loyalty and the fact that he questions things ya know? Amari is wonderful and just a fierce friend. And then there’s Inan. So… for me, since I listened to The Fifth Season on audio, I read it like Innon and I cried a bit every time I said his name. He’s just such a perfect character. His arc is amazing.
Plot: so like.. plot? I liked it. It had its… ok yeah this is happening… moments (I see you sea-battle) but the overarching plot was perfect.
Writing Style: pretty fucking fantastic. She trusts us to know what she’s talking about and I love it.
World Building: so, this was a culture I am not familiar with. I love learning (obvi tangentially) about West African culture through this fantasy medium. Just loved it.
What to pair it with: Tomi says Bloody Marys. Which I agree with to some extent… but I also want a fuckin dark red wine.
Rating: 4.99/5 shots (I see you sea-battle)
COMMENT DOWN BELOW: any other recommendations for books like this cause I’m here for it.
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,