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Listening Length 17 hours and 44 minutes
Author Tomi Adeyemi
Narrator Bahni Turpin
Audible.in Release Date 08 March 2018
Publisher Macmillan Digital Audio
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B07B5CBHTZ
Best Sellers Rank #5,711 in Audible Audiobooks & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Audiobooks & Originals)
#3 in Fiction on Racism & Discrimination for Teens
#4 in Contemporary Fantasy for Teens
#6 in Survival Stories for Teens

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4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing start to the series
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 March 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, deeply involving and magical novel.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 March 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most compelling book I've read in years
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 July 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of those books that gets better and better as you keep on reading.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 October 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome approach to Afro-mysticism; a must-read!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 August 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome approach to Afro-mysticism; a must-read!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 August 2018
The story follows a young girl: Zélie. She is haunted by the murder of her mother and the subjugation of her Reaper clan - one of the ten Maji clans oppressed by the ruling class of Orïsha. Circumstances see her journeying and fighting alongside her brother and an escaped princess to restore magic to the land and allow her clan and the nine other Maji clans in the land, a fighting chance. In this story, the ruling class of Orïsha can be seen as a metaphor for oppressive classes or races across the world, with the Reaper clan and other formerly magic clans being forced to live in slums, work as slaves and suffer abuse from corporal power.

As with many Young Adult novels, Children Of Blood And Bone is also love story—in the romantic and familial sense—as well as a story of self discovery. The added beauty of this narrative is its Afro-mysticism: a genre that is finally getting its deserved spotlight after existing off the fringes of literary discourse, and being conflated with magic-realism. In this Afro-mystical novel, the magical, in the African sense, is not othered as something from a scary, unknown, feared presence but, rather, portrayed as a gift from the deities. These deities are pointedly inspired by the Nigerian, Yoruba tradition.

In Yoruba tradition, children are named to reflect the circumstance of birth, or, as prophecy into their destinies. The names given to a child usually holds weight both on paper and when sounded out. In both reading and sounding out the names—particularly of the four central characters—I felt no depth. On the other hand, as a friend suggests, the ambiguity of the names could be seen as representative of the loss of and disdain for magic across Orïsha. In this sense, Zélie and Tzain’s names can be seen to reflect the new Maji existence under their tyrannical, magic-hating ruler, and displacement from their true identity. Though this perspective is equally valid, it is with one exception: the novel’s time frame.

That aside, it's a really good read that explores a good number of themes in a unique way. A must-read! Looking forward to the sequel: Children Of Virtue and Vengeance!
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