This is a book review of the first book of the series, Children of Blood and Bone. Beautifully written, combines Yoruba deities with afro fantasy in a way i haven't read before and will make an amazing movie.
I saw Tomi's unveiling of the book on instagram and teared up a little a few weeks ago. Then i also heard everyone talking about it. Also, i try to read most books in genres i enjoy written by young African women. That typically catches my eye and i patronize. So i was like, yup, i should check out this book.
Took me about a week to read this book, on and off because i had to life. I loved the characters! The fiery spirit of Zelie, the protectiveness of Tzain, Amari's broken personality housing a raging fire and Inan's conflict with morality and duty, all make for a really strong cocktail of fiction.
I also love her spin on the native gods of Yorubaland, Oya, Sango, etc. It's just nice to see the intersection between what is considered very traditional in a world of fantasy. I love her expression of "Mama" and her use of Yoruba words/slangs so aptly. It's a world i could easily see in my head [which is why i canNOT wait for the movie to be out]
It was a long book, however. I felt it could have been shorter, but when i really think about it i wouldn't want any section left out.
I gave it a 4.5 stars. It's a really good book and i cannot wait for the second book.
You should read it if you haven't.
PS. - I think this book has opened the world for literary work on afro fantasy mixed with traditional deities for West Africa. Watch this space explode in the next few years.
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