This book is an amazing work of art.
If you are a book lover then, if you haven’t read “Children of Blood and Bone” you definitely would have heard of it. But, if you haven’t read it and you also have not heard about it, you are in luck because tonight, it’s all about “Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi.
I’ll try as much as possible not to give any spoilers.
Magic was taken away from the Maji, they were murdered and their children were forced to live an oppressed life under the tyranny of the monarchy.
Zèlie Adebola, a diviner who watched her Maji mother die in the hands of the palace guards has been chosen by the gods to bring back magic to the land of Orisha.
This is a journey she must take with her brother,Tzain and Amari, the King’s daughter. It’s a difficult journey because she must learn to forgive the daughter of the man who murdered her mother, while also trying not to fall for Amari’s older brother.
This story makes you view culture under a new light, it has none of the sexism and misogyny one would normally find in historical stories. I don’t even know if I can really call it historical because, Tomi Adeyemi created a new world; a world where magic isn’t strange although forbidden, a world where gender is not discriminatory.
“Amazing storytelling that is culturally significant for all of us in Africa”
The language, the setting, the attires and the general plot of this book awakens a new sense of cultural appreciation.
Another wonderful thing, this book spoke against is ‘needless violence’, the unwarranted killing of unarmed men and women and children. You will definitely shed a tear or two when you read this book.
This book and the movie Black Panther are two of the best things that has happened to me this year. We definitely need more and more stories like these.
I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait for the sequel “Children of Virtue and Vengeance” which would be coming out in 2019.
Thank you reading everyone, in my next post I’ll be discussing the lessons I learnt from the latest MTV Shuga Naija and also in a subsequent post, I’ll be profiling the author of Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi.