I’ve been wanting to read Children of Blood and Bone since it broke to prominence last year during the same time Black Panther roared into theaters, breaking box-office records left and right. When I went to my local library last week and saw it sitting on one of the shelves my eyes widened with excitement. I hurriedly took it off the shelf and immediately started reading before checking it out so I could finish it at home.
This morning I finally finished it and I’m sad to report that I’m disappointed.
As someone who LOVES fantasy novels (it’s what I always gravitate toward when looking for a new fiction novel to read), I was beyond excited to read this story focusing on the genre from a black woman’s perspective. While the first 150 pages gripped me with an iron grip, sucking me into a world I didn’t want to leave, it wasn’t long before I realized it was just like every other YA fiction novel I had read before it.
The imagination was lost in the same beats of other stories–a few teenagers go on a perilous adventure to save the world, and through this, there is your imminent romance that ends up pervading the entire story along with the obvious drama that makes such novels like these expectedly riveting. And yes, the story is good with a well thought out world and African-inspired mythology but I just wasn’t into it.
After reading books like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (which is amazing) or novels like Eon written by Allison Goodman, the Pellinor Series by Allison Groggon, or even the Troll Trilogy written by Katherine Langrish, Children of Blood and Bone becomes rather boring in comparison.
And don’t even get me started about The Inheritance Cycle written by Christopher Paolini!
I felt no emotional connection to the characters and I lost all investment in the story to the point where I skimmed through the last 200 hundred pages of the novel, soaking in the gist of the story without reading each page word for word.
Now, like I said before, I’m not saying the book isn’t good. Four years ago I probably would’ve been seized with a relentless fervor in excitement about the novel and its impactful storytelling but now, I’m ready to read something new. Something that doesn’t feel like a rehash of every other YA fictional novel I’ve ever read in the last six years.
The best thing about Children of Blood and Bone was actually the Author’s Note at the end of the story. Toni Adeyemi gives a heartfelt letter to all her readers of why she created this book and the impact she hopes it has on all who read it and that was enough to make me happy I finished the novel.
But, on a better note, LucasFilm’s President Kathleen Kennedy is preparing to adapt Children of Blood and Bone into a film which is actually exciting news. Whether this story can be properly converted to the big screen, I don’t know, but I can’t wait to hear more news about it.
All in all, Children of Blood and Bone just…isn’t for me. But don’t let me dissuade you from reading it. It has plenty of plot twists that you won’t see coming and it has enough stimulating drama that should have your eyeballs plastered to the book’s pages but like I said before, I’ve read better. Sorry.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.