Children of Blood and Bone: Legacy of Orïsha Review

Children of Blood and Bone: Legacy of Orïsha (Book 1)

by Tomi Adeyemi

They killed my mother.

They took our magic.

They tried to bury us.


Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic.When different clans ruled – Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must stay hidden.

Zélie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic – and her growing feelings for an enemy.”

I heard about Children of Blood and Bone last year and decided I had to have it, and then the last couple of months before release it get so hyped and I was really worried that I would be disappointed.

Eleven years ago, magic disappeared and that night the maji were rounded up and slaughtered by the army. Ever since diviners have been harassed, taxed heavily and abused. But that might be about to change when Zélie runs into a fugitive with a magical scroll.

Wow, this book is amazing, there were so many twists and turns, some I definitely did not see coming and I was horrified. I went through so many emotions, I almost cried at some points. This magic system is incredible, I love how much depth we went into about the magic system and myths.

I am not sure how to pick one favourite part, I really enjoyed most of it. Although I think the dreamscape scenes were fabulous. I also loved seeing the relationships between Zélie, Tzain, Amari and Inan, and how they developed.

I think my favourite characters have to be Zélie, Tzain and Amari, although I did also end up loving Inan, Zu and Roën. I loved the differences between all the characters and how there are such strong differences between siblings, also how information can change people’s opinions one way or another.

Oh my, that cliffhanger is killer! The Legacy of Orïsha continues in Children of Virtue and Vengeance which is out for release in March next year.

While reading this book, I described it as a fantasy take on the oppression of a minority. I would recommend it to anyone. 4 out of 5.

Children of Blood and Bone





  • Basis
  • Characters
  • First Person Narrative

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