Children of Blood and Bone Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Winner of the Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year
This program is narrated by acclaimed reader Bahni Turpin, whose past work includes The Hate U Give and The Underground Railroad
"Bahni Turpin's breathtaking narration of this exhilarating novel will keep listeners rooted to their seats, listening intently...an audiobook not to be missed." (AudioFile magazine, Earphones Award winner)
In Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut.
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.
Praise for Children of Blood and Bone:
"[Narrator Bahni Turpin] excels at customizing her voice to capture the unique personalities of each character.... This excellent, refreshing performance of Adeyemi's exciting debut is recommended for all collections where fantasy is popular." (Booklist, starred review)
"One of the biggest young adult fiction debut book deals of the year. Aside from a compelling plot and a strong-willed heroine as the protagonist, the book deals with larger themes, like race and power, that are being discussed in real time." (Teen Vogue)
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|Listening Length||17 hours and 56 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||March 06 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,893 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#5 in Legends, Myths & Fairy Tales for Teens
#12 in Fiction About Prejudice & Racism for Young Adults
#17 in Fiction on Difficult Situations for Teens
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This book is so important in that seeing a majority black cast in a fantasy, a huge fantasy, is so rare. It’s great to see this changing. When I was a little girl, I thought black girls weren’t allowed to be the main character unless the book was about slavery. I hope no little black girls have to feel like that again, and this book and ones like it are helping.
I know Zél is amazing, but I honestly loved Amari the most. She wasn’t confident in herself, but she took a big risk to honour her friend (or more? Or is that me wishing? 🤔) and changed to become someone strong enough to give strength to someone like Zél
- the diversity throughout and how it was addressed. These divisions of light skinned and dark skinned exist in black culture and I liked seeing it shown here.
- the world building was fantastic. Vivid and amazing
- the characters I fell in love with for sure. Even the villain king Saran, I despised, but understood. Everyone had their purpose and was fleshed out
- I love myself a hate to love romance and that’s all I’ll say about that
Tomi Adeyemi has created such a unique world, unlike any I have ever read! It took me a while to get through since it is quite large and life is busy, but every minute of reading it was incredible!
There characters are wonderful, and have quite a bit of depth. The story bounced between a few different perspectives, and it gives you a good look into each persons motive/what drives them.
I don't know what else to say about this book other than that is was amazing. I am seriously lost for words on how incredible it was!
And, added benefit to a great story, the cover is BEAUTIFUL!!!!
10/10, would recommend.
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I also felt that the story's message was pretty poignant. It presented a world where an entire group of people have been down-trodden for years - stripped of their right to defend themselves and treated like second-class citizens in their own country - which is certainly something that resonates with the politics of today. However, it also does a great job of showing that this isn't so clear cut. The maji and the kosidán are both guilty of terrible crimes in this story and the novel makes clear that there will never be an easy peace between the two races. While there are good and bad people in the novel, there are also a lot of shades of grey and terrible situations that move their hands.
In terms of structure, the novel flows well and I certainly never got bored despite its length. Adeyemi's writing is very evocative and easy to read. However, it should be noted that the print edition has a very small font. If you have any visual impairment, I'd suggest buying an eBook of this novel. While I did love every minute of reading it, there were a few small things that frustrated me. The main one was the ending, as the novel broke off on a very abrupt cliffhanger which left a lot hanging for the sequel. The story also felt a lot like Avatar: The Last Airbender. If you've watched this excellent cartoon, you will recognise a number of characters and plot points that were lifted directly from this series.
In terms of character, I also had a few issues. On the whole, I loved the core cast. They were all very complicated characters who learned and developed through their experiences as the novel progressed. Zélie learned to not see the world in black and white, Amari found her courage and Inan was forced to choose between his duty to the throne or the people he would one day rule. However, the characters were all wildly indecisive. I appreciate that they were in a difficult situation, but Inan in particular would flip back and forth between wanting to destroy magic and protect it at a drop of a hat.
There were also a couple of romances in the story that felt really shoehorned in. After taking half the book to trust Amari, Zélie forgave and developed feelings for Inan within a couple of chapters. The relationship between Amari and Tzain also felt forced. They exchanged smiles a couple of times and then seemed to become a couple out of nowhere. Neither of these relationships felt very natural and I felt they could probably have been saved for a later story.
Anyhow, on the whole this is a really promising start to the series and, despite my issues, I would definitely recommend it. I am really excited to see what adventures the sequel will hold.
Why did it have to end there?! This is serious Book Hangover material. BE WARNED. Sometimes I think publishing a series one book at a time should be outlawed.
What a read. What a cast! What a great story. This is one of the best books I've read in years - I think the series is going to be incredible. It is such a beautiful celebration of African culture, love, family and the unerring belief in doing the right thing. It is also a novel filled with unexpected twists and turns. I never knew how each chapter was going to end, never mind the whole story.
We meet Zélie when she is competing in a fighting competition. She's bold, stubborn and has a vein of anger running beneath her veins, along with the crushed remnants of her maji heritage. Crushed, because magic was wiped out years ago, during a brutal massacre called The Raid. Zélie's mother was murdered during this same massacre, and now she fights so she will never have to suffer that same fate.
The first chapter had me hooked, and I was perfectly happy to read a novel focused on this fighting competiton. But that's not the story Adeyemi wanted to tell. Within a few chapters, Zélie has left that world completely behind her, after running into Amari, a princess who has escaped the palace with a relic which has the ability to bring back magic.
The tale which ensues is thrilling. Adeyemi writes her characters with so much depth, so many emotions bubbling to the surface, that the reader can't help but become embroiled in the narrative. It certainly helpes that the novel is written from the perspective of our 4 main characters: Zélie, her brother Tzain, Amari and her brother Inan. Each character is clearly defined, different from the others and motivated by their own, detailed backstories.
There is a strong thread of family running through the entire novel, which resonates with me as I'm one of four siblings. There is nothing more important than family for keeping you grounded, telling you when you've messed up, and lifing you up when you've done something well. Children of Blood and Bone is a true celebration of family, and it was a truly enjoyable read.
I cannot wait to find out what happens next.
P.S. This novel has been optioned for film release - if you're someone like me who loves to read the book first, get in there quick!
The POV shifts between three main characters: Zélie, Amari, Inan. The plot is fast-paced and intense with only a few areas of let up, so be prepared for a roller-coaster of a read. The story covers oppression, genocide, racial control, and many other ills that ail the real world. Having said that, it doesn't read like an allegory but as true fantasy.
The characters come to life, and while they have moments of immaturity, this only makes them more real based on the ages they're supposed to be. I would expect older teens to swing between childishness and adult maturity. In a way, this aspect lends the tale an element of coming-of-age as well as the other points mentioned. From page one, the characterisation and scene-setting pulled me right in.
While the ending is a bit of a cliff-hanger, the storyline does round up a lot of loose threads. However, this is not a stand-alone novel. This is the first ever book I've bought just because of its trailer. That led me to Amazon's look inside feature, and from there, I never had a choice! I can't wait for book 2 to be released in 2019. I can't recommend it highly enough.
I was so nervous to start this book because of all the hype surrounding it, but I can definitely see why it's so popular. I was intrigued from the very first page as Tomi Adeyemi has a way of creating atmosphere and setting, without chucking in a load of unnecessary words. So I would describe her writing as powerful and straight to the point. The opening was a perfect way to introduce us to Zelie's world, it was exciting and a meaningful glimpse at the resilience that Zelie displays throughout the book. It is also quite incredible how the hierarchy in Orisha is so clearly established in just the first chapter, you know exactly what it means to be a diviner/ 'maggot' in Orisha.
The early chapters that followed were just as good as the first, however I started to find myself becoming less interested as the characters began traveling. It didn't really carry the same energy of the earlier chapters. Also by this point, we were reading quite a few chapters from Prince Inan's perspective and I found them to be quite repetitive. If I'm honest, I was really worried that the book was going to be a disappointment and this is what prevented it from getting a full 5 stars.
Things really started to pick up again when Zelie, her brother Tzain and Princess Amari had a run in with a mysterious stranger, who provides some very important information/help for their quest. And then came one of the stand out moments of the novel, the story of how the Gods came to be. It was truly magical to read about their origins and it really helped reignite my excitement for this book. Adeyemi described the Gods and their story so beautifully that it wasn't hard for you to vividly picture every aspect.
I liked Zelie and I enjoyed witnessing her growth, but I do think she was unnecessarily mean to Amari at times, even though Amari proved herself time and time again. I loved how their relationship developed, as there was definitely an aura of girl power surrounding them towards the end. Out of all the characters, Amari was the one who stole the show for me. It was nothing short of a miracle, how she progressed from a timid mouse to a roaring Lionaire and with the other characters being so intense all the time, she was like a breath of fresh air.
Tzain was a much needed character to me as he really allowed us to see a softer, more likeable side to Zelie, as he only wished to protect his little sister and she longed not to disappoint her big brother. Prince Inan was a very complex individual indeed, he changed his mind more times than I can count. Even with chapters from his perspective I was constantly questioning why on earth is he doing this or that. I guess given how he's been brought up it's understandable that he'd be so conflicted about what's wrong or right. Consequently Inan was very unpredictable and therefore very interesting, and I can't wait to find out why he's different. I really enjoyed his relationship with Zelie and their moments together were my favourite to read, especially in the dreamscape!!!! I'm really intrigued to see what lies ahead for him due to his actions at the end of the book.
I'm really grateful to the author for having characters that weren't stupid!! By this I mean characters that actually thought before they did things, this helped the plot flow really nicely and clearly. This is one of those books that gets better and better as you keep on reading. There were so many exciting characters and surprises that popped up towards the end of the book. It ended on quite a big shocker so I'm more than eager to read the next installment!!!
The book is set in a world, Orïsha, where magic was manipulated by gifted beings called the Maji. However, one night the magic disappeared and a vengeful king took the throne, killing the Maji, and punishing their children. But all of a sudden there is a shift and it seems that magic wasn't all gone...
Children of Blood and Bone is beautifully written, the world is seems well crafted so far, and I thoroughly enjoyed to see the situations from different perspectives, so you see the world from a Maggot's perspective (a descendant of the Maji), as well as from the perspective of the Princess and her brother. These POV's definitely work very well and add substance to the story, as well as tackling prejudice in different ways. I also must say that Zelie is a total bass a**! I enjoyed her fighting sequences so much, I am in love!
The writing is also good. I generally prefer more contemporary fantasy; books that are set in a different world I find them quite confusing and hard to relate with, however I had no problem with this one so far as the writing flows really well. The characters are also spot on and you know in who's head you are thinking.