Children of Blood and Bone written by Tomi Adeyemi
So I did not think that I would be able to launch into another book so quickly after Kingdom of Ash. However this book took me by surprised. It was recommended to me by a family member, not that she had read it herself, but she had heard good things. Given the other books on my to do list are currently in actual book form I was excited to have something I could read late at night on the kindle.
I have no read it in less than 48 hours. It was good. My first comments after the first night of reading, was that I had not realized how white washed fantasy fiction was. This changes that in so many little subtle ways, and it is great!
I really enjoyed three of the main characters, they were really well developed and enjoyable to watch their story unfold. The final character was one who we got chapters from his perspective and I am not sure about his character progression. I am not totally sure I believed it.
So – I would like to state here that I LOVED THIS BOOK. I know I know – I love every book! But this was good, and I will definitely be reading the second book in the series. However I do believe that I can love a book and also have some issues with it.
I struggled with the pace of the book a little bit – the whole thing I think took place over two months, however they seemed to spend SO much time travelling, and then we would pause from the travelling and get some amazing action sequences before commencing travelling a little bit. I am not really sure that the travelling added to the story, and would have liked perhaps a little more even-ness to the approach. I also struggled with their mount, which initially I equated to a horse, but it seems they had the ability to travel much faster than we could.
I was disappointed towards the end that we were in the middle of a love story, particularly one that did not really come to any kind of conclusion at all. Although I understand that you could argue that it did, in a way that each character chose something bigger than themselves.
What I did really like about the book was the way that it felt real. The setting and the world and premise, obviously exist outside of our understanding of life, however the fear of persecution, and the living in fear that was felt by the characters is sadly all to real for people in our world. While I have been lucky to live outside of this fear, it was a good window into how it feels to be constantly persecuted.
Definitely looking forward to the next book, and the hope that perseveres that they can work together to build a new world.