Oh man, I loved everything about this book. I loved that West Africa makes a long overdue appearance in the predominately white realm of YA Fantasy. I loved the characters as well. Young and powerful (though they may not yet know it) teenagers who are charged with the task of bringing magic back into their world and thus saving their people from genocide at the hands of a terrible tyrant. Most of all, I loved the writing. Adeyemi will have you in the palm of her hand gripped by the fast pace and reading long past bedtime. She will have you absolutely dying to read book 2!
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, (List Price: $21.99, Henry Holt and Co., 9781250170972, March 2018)
Reviewed by Gretchen Fitzgerald, M. Judson, Booksellers in Greenville, South Carolina