Book Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Legacy of Orïsha #1)

 Toni Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone is the amazing journey of two siblings on a quest to bring back the magic that was taken from their people. Adeyemi uses the quest to bring back lost magic to take the reader through the history and workings of an elemental magic system built on the Yoruba pantheon that is both extremely powerful when different types are working together and has realistic limitations when only one kind of magic is working alone.

The first book almost entirely consists of each individual Maji working on their own, having to learn their powers, and working against each other. Book 2 has a lot more awakened Maji so it’s sure to have many more Maji working together on a much larger scale than anywhere in Book 1. 

I loved Children of Blood and Bone and I can’t wait to read the next book and I need people to discuss afterwards! I want this series to be on reading lists and in theaters and have all the merchandise and entire tables dedicated to the mythos at Barnes and Noble.

I highly recommend anyone who loved Harry Potter or Avatar The Last Airbender or The Lord Of The Rings to get into the Legacy of Orïsha series. 

When JRR Tolkien wrote The Lord Of The Rings, he changed the Fantasy genre forever with the depth of his world building and creatures and races. Even when Harry Potter and Game of Thrones came through to build on that, they stuck to the same European mythology standards that Tolkien had laid out.

For the Fantasy genre to keep growing, we need a series that goes as in-depth with a magic system as Lord of the Rings does but draws from a different Mythos.

Legacy of Orïsha could be that series. It’s certainly good enough, has the thorough magic system built from a wider mythos to pull from, and it’s getting the audience it deserves. If Legacy of Orïsha gets a wide enough audience and a fandom of creators to support it, it could change the Fantasy genre forever. 

There’s rumors of a movie being made of the first book so the audience is only going to grow from here. You should definitely get on board now.

4.5/5 Stars

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