I absolutely cannot say enough nor give enough praise to Tomi Adeyemi’s debut novel The Children of Blood and Bone. It is a beautifully written story with nuanced world building and compelling complex characters of African descent. It’s magical. I. Stan. This. Novel. And of course, the character I stan the most is The Children of Blood and Bone’s main protagonist: Zélie Adebola.
Growing up as a second-class citizen, Zélie Adebola lived a difficult life in the fictional nation of Orisha; her white hair being the source of her torment. You see, having white hair in this world is a clear indicator that an individual is a divîner—an individual blessed by the gods to potentially wield magic. In any other circumstance this would be a celebrated trait. However, after an event known as The Raid— where the reigning monarch attacked and killed the maji (divîners with fully realized magic) and magic was destroyed—Zélie’s very existence was deemed as hostile.
A series of events would lead to a change in Zélie’s life. Empowered by the Orishian goddess Oya, Zélie was granted domain over the dead and given a quest to restore magic to the land of Orisha. Armed with magic, her 3 companions, and an attitude filled with unbridled passion, she’s Orisha’s last hope in obtaining freedom for all its citizens.
Brandon Blackmon was born and raised in Clinton, NC. After high school, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; graduating with a bachelor’s in psychology. He attended Pfeiffer University where he received a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and is currently a licensed marriage and family therapist. Brandon is a proud blerd (Black nerd) and a firm advocate and believer that representation matters in all forms of media.