Prompt – An Afrofuturist book
This was one of the prompts I was elast looking forward. I generally don’t read much fantasy of any kind. I have never read the popular series that are much loved on booksta. So this prompt was very much out of my reading comfort zone. I n the end I chose The Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.
What it’s about?
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.
What I think:
I definitely enjoyed this more than I thought I would.
The first few chapters were a bit of a slog. So many characters, points of view and the world building that I find u appealing but is an inevitable part of fantasy and dystopia.
However, once I got into the world of Orïsha I enjoyed the plot and particularly liked the character development.
Zelie is an endearing enough combination of confidence and strength, doubt and fear as she learns to accept and use her own powers and the role she might play in the future if the kingdom. And her friendship with Amari goes from hatred and distrust to respect and support as they journey together.
The alternative pov structure means that the book tended to be quiet repetitive in places which slowed the plot down. The character’s thoughts and feelings are quite circular. The romance also seemed quite out of place. Stopping their quest for a celebration that put everyone in danger seemed unnecessarily stupid in behalf of the characters.
Overall this was enjoyable. I think it’s way too long and definitely overly repetitive. I liked the magical elements and the folklore and mythology. Some of the characters were a bit self-indulgent but Zelie was interesting. I’m not the target audience for this book and it’s not my prefered reading but I’m glad I have finally read it after several attempts.