Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
Children of Blood and Bone is my favorite book of the year – I can say this with confidence although I finished this in mid July.
Zélie remembers the time before magic disappeared, eleven years ago. Her mother was a Reaper, a maji with the power over life and death. But one day, magic disappeared – and then the king’s men came to Zélie’s house and murdered her mother. Now, with the help of a fugitive princess and a scroll, she has the chance of a lifetime to bring magic back to the world.
This book is absolutely fantastic – sorry guys, this is a gush review. I loved the world building, the beautiful and lush feeling of magic, the wonderful characters my heart ached for so many times. This book made me understand the expression “she released a breath she didn’t know she was holding”, because by the last chapters, I was barely breathing, my muscles tense as I forced myself to read line by line instead of peeking at the end of the book.
The pacing is great- at over 500 pages, I thought this book would be slow, taking time to build the world bit by bit. But no – we get thrown into the world and introduced to it at a perfect pace that is weaved seamlessly into the narrative. You have action ALL the time – it’s probably my favorite thing about this book!
I highly recommend The Children of Blood and Bone – this is an instant classic.
“Let them taste the terror they make us swallow.”