children of blood and bone

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.


I thought I had reviewed this when I read it a few months ago, so it won’t be the most detailed review.

I loved the setting, it was full magic and lots going on. The characters were fun and exciting. I loved seeing characters from all sides. The journey was fascinating, it was not an easy journey by any means but the characters had to fight rather than be lucked out of situations which I loved. I was so impressed I pre-ordered the second one.

4 out of 5 stars