Over at Tor.com I just wrapped a reread of Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone. Here’s the whole series collected together.
Introducing the Children of Blood and Bone Reread
When I was asked if I’d be willing to do a reread of Children of Blood and Bone in anticipation of the release of second book in the Legacy of the Orïsha series, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, I jumped at the opportunity. Given everything I’ve just written about the book, how could I not want to go back through it, teasing out its layers and details with a fine-tooth comb?
History, Oppression, and Rebellion Come to a Head in Children of Blood and Bone, Chapters 1-8
This week, we’re focusing on chapters 1-8—in which Zélie gets herself into all kinds of trouble, Princess Amari commits high treason, Prince Inan learns the full scope of his father’s violence, and Tzain gets dragged into the middle of a mess he didn’t start and doesn’t want to finish.
Rage, Privilege, and a Journey Underground in Children of Blood and Bone, Chapters 9-17
…in which Inan goes heavy on the self-loathing, Amari makes some sacrifices, Tzain moves into Grumpy Town, and Zélie levels up.
Raw Magic, Creepy Obsessions, and a Pseudo-Sea Battle in Children of Blood and Bone, Chapters 18-30
…in which Inan goes all in with his magic, Tzain discovers his inner strategist, Amari cracks under pressure, and Zélie wages a deadly sea battle in the middle of a desert.
Complicated Morality in Children of Blood and Bone, Chapters 31-41
…in which Amari is overcome with terror, Tzain is kidnapped by guerrilla fighters, Inan has a change of heart, and Zèlie has a moment of happiness in a sea of horrors.
Power is Not the Only Answer in Children of Blood and Bone, Chapters 42-52
…in which there’s another bloody battle where truces are forged, alliances tested, and ceasefires shattered.
Love, Lust, and Loathing in Children of Blood and Bone, Chapters 53-60
…in which the quartet fractures into couples. Amari falls in love, Tzain intensifies his feud with Zèlie, Zèlie fears the unintended and uncontrollable consequences of her revolution, and Inan plots the reunification of Orïsha under his crown.
Betrayal, Torture, and Bad Romance in Children of Blood and Bone, Chapters 61-73
…in which SO MUCH BAD STUFF HAPPENS. In thirteen action-packed chapters we get murder, torture, betrayal, schemes, and, uh, sex. What can I say? It’s a chaotic time for our stars.
A Question of Heroes and Villains in Children of Blood and Bone, Chapters 74-85
Blood will be shed and lives lost, but from the ashes will emerge a new Orïsha.
Do the world a favor and buy this book from your local indie bookstore or get it from your public library.