Hello humans! Yes, it is time to review one of the most talked about books of 2018 (or at least that’s how it feels). Before I start the review I have to give the most humongous shout out to the delightful Justine who sent me an ARC of this when I lamented waiting until May to read it! Her blog is amazing as is her booktube and I’m excited to get to meet her properly in May. Fabulous human and you should check out all of her bookishness.
This book is utterly phenomenal. It’s got all the YA tropes that make me happy but they are either done superbly or they are done with a totally different angle. This is why we should be supporting diverse publishing, you get phenomenal stories such as this one.
I was surprised at the length of this book. I don’t mind a weighty novel by any means, but this book has so much going on I’m shocked they managed to pack all of it in! From the early set up of the story to the cliffhanger ending (which will haunt me until I can get my hands on the next book) the action is non stop. But it does have the right balance of types of action that ensures you don’t get caught in what I like to call ‘Return of the King’ issues, where you just move from one fight scene to the next leaving the reader/viewer reeling. There are chase scenes, heartfelt moments, powerful emotional climaxes (and yes there are a good number of fight scenes). All in all the pacing of this book is perfect, so even if you’re not used to a longer story then you should be ok!
I thought the use of multiple POV was excellent. The story is told from three perspectives, which give three unique perspectives on the story. I thought it was interesting that for large portions of this story these three characters are actually together, so the multiple POV serves not so much to widen your understanding of events across the setting but to better understand the underlying emotions of the characters. I like both uses of multiple POV but in a story where many of the characters spend a lot of time concealing their true emotions, this was a helpful insight.
The themes of this book are the real treasures. Prejudice is unpacked in a way that I’ve not seen done in a fantasy novel. Tomi Adeyemi manages to tackle real-world issues in her fictional setting better than some people manage to do in non-fiction. I’m excited for more diverse voices being raised up because it means better fiction, it means better stories and it means the opportunity for stories that have yet to be told to be brought into the foreground.
This book is worth every iota of hype it has got. It’s a phenomenal addition to the YA fantasy catalogue and I hope to see it on everyone’s shelf come May 8th.
I did have an advanced review copy of this book, but all opinions are my own.
What say you? Have you preordered Children of Blood and Bone? Let me know in the comments below!