Title: Children of Blood and Bone
By: Adeyemi, Tomi
Call #: YA Fiction Adeye T
This exhilarating story clearly exemplifies the difference for a reader/observer between reading a book and watching a movie. The cruelty and violence in this exciting tale for me would be impossible to watch on the screen (a movie is coming out) but I could “see” what I wanted and continue, horrified but not repulsed, to follow whatever was coming for Zélie and Tzain, impoverished brother and sister fighting for their people, and Amari and Inan, the son and daughter of the incredibly cruel and controlling king. In a country like Nigeria, the king is determined to wipe out the Maji, a white haired people with magical powers that come from the gods. Most adult Magi were murdered twelve years before the story begins, the gods defeated, and the surviving children enslaved or hidden. Zélie has the white hair of the Magi and so is despised and feared. Tzain travels with her and with Amari who has fled the palace, revolted by her father’s cruelty; Inan is in league with his father, determined to kill magic. The dangers they encounter and the anxiety of the impending deadline to bring magic back push the story into fast-paced suspense.