Zélie lost her mother when Orïsha’s stone-cold hearted King ordered for everyone with magic to be killed – anyone still alive these days with powers has been in hiding. That is, until Zélie bumps into the Princess on the run and together they have to take it upon themselves to try saving magic for good against the ruthless monarchy who will do anything to get rid of it.
I’m going to start off by saying I don’t really read fantasy, no reason for this other than it doesn’t typically appeal to me. However, seeing all the hype for Children of Blood and Bone made me curious, so when it was added to BorrowBox I had to get it out on loan. I read it in just under a week, though I could’ve read it faster if I tried.
Right off the bat, the writing was beautiful. If I was not aware this book is the authors debut, I would not have known. I thought it was incredibly easy to follow, not once did I get confused even when I’d pick the book back up after a day of not reading.
From the beginning, there was so much happening! I found it incredibly fascinating reading about Orïsha aswell as the magic, there was plenty of detail but never in an overwhelming way. There was a good few intense, rather brutal and disturbing scenes, which honestly had me hooked and eager to read on.
A character I did not expect to like was Inan, though I didn’t like him in the wow I’d love to be friends with him! sort of way. He was just a very well done character. King Saran, of course, boiled my blood. I found myself rooting for Zélie to make smarter decisions, though her brother Tzain could’ve cut her some slack as she was doing what she thought was best. I loved Amari’s character development as the book progressed.
Something I really wasn’t keen on was the romance. I don’t think it added anything to the story, and it just seemed unnecessary. Another thing that bugged me was that Amari and Zélie, on seperate occasions, both didn’t realise they were holding a breath. The length of this book made me nervous initially, but once I actually got into it it didn’t feel so long. Saying that, however, I do think it could’ve been shortened slightly.
Overall, Children of Blood and Bone was a fairly enjoyable read that managed to catch my eye (how stunning is that cover?!) and kept me intrigued due to how full of action it is. While this book didn’t become the centre of my attention, I’m glad that I read it and I look forward to Children of Virtue and Vengeance – especially after that ending! I also must add that the Author’s Note at the end was wonderful.
“They tried to bury us. Now we rise.”