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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Narrator: Bahni Turpin
Series: Legacy of Orisha #1
Published by MacMillan on March 6, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Length: 18 hours, 9 minutes
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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.
I am so glad this is the start of the Legacy of Orisha series because I LOVE this world. The world-building is so brilliant, bringing forth the colors and flavors of the magic. The setting is historical, young adult fantasy, the situations are brutal. Violence and death are part of life. While this filled me with terror, rage and grief, it also made me feel compassion and hope.
The characters are young adults so they have some struggles and personal misconceptions even, as they learn how things truly are. Fortunately, these young adults have to focus on survival so they have little time to whine, even the royals. They focus their strength and energy with compassion for the world, not just themselves.
There is so much angst, grief at the violence and unfairness in the world. These are young adults so their emotions sometimes run away with them; they don’t make the best choices at times. But these Children of Blood and Bone do not give up in their world. Neither should we in ours.
I loved the audio! The voices had a texture which just seemed so right. Both female and male voices were well presented. I listened at 1.25x speed comfortably. The performance added to my enjoyment with the emotions drawn from it.
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