- File Size: 4719 KB
- Print Length: 257 pages
- Publisher: NineStar Press (February 19, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 19, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079H3GN7N
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #987,321 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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I technically would rate 3.5 stars, but I'm rounding up.
In almost every high fantasy book I've read, I get lost in the world building. I'm thrown head first into unknown lands with unknown creatures, just sort of floundering about and trying to get my feet under me. The first few pages of Aerie were no different--until I got smart enough to read the glossary. Once I read the glossary, the characters and their words made a lot more sense, which helped me navigate the world a little easier. That being said, this made-up world is absolutely stunning.
The creativity that went into the world-building and the warring tribes we learn about throughout book leaves me speechless. I won't go into too much detail because I like to leave my reviews without too many spoilers, but both tribes are fiercely primal, relying heavily on the land to survive, and we are granted interesting, in-depth looks at this multiple time in the book. The Chinjoka and Misiq tribes are also heavily religious and make choices based on their chosen deity. The differences in their deities make their tribes markedly different as well, which I found fascinating.
If I had any complaint, it would be that the pace of the romance felt rushed. There was a lot of built-up tension and anger between two characters that was suddenly just released, without a reasonable explanation. The other couple very much fit the love/lust-at-first-sight trope and I struggled to find it believable.
Overall, I sincerely enjoyed the book. The pacing towards the end did feel rushed and it ended rather abruptly, in my opinion, but it will be a book that I recommend to my friends that enjoy high fantasy reads and queer romance outside of the norm.
I received this book from NetGalley. Initially, what drew me in was the incredible cover art and the blurb. Fantasy being one of my favorite genres, I went for it.
The delicacy and attention Keys spent on world building deserves serious praise. Without helping the reader outright, Keys gently showed us the life and culture of the Chinjoka, a triple caste, shapeshifting people on the brink of extinction due to a plague.
Their once allies, now enemies, the Misiq are also shapeshifters, but their culture lacks form in the book. Perhaps Keys will give the same detail to the Misiq as he gave the Chinjoka in the next book, but some knowledge of this other people would have kept me embedded more deeply in this fantasy world.
The Misiq blame the Chinjoka for the plague and their leader have decreed to wipe the entire race out. The Chinjoka guard their territory with their sole shapeshifter, a dragon, but they are being slowly overwhelmed.
One Misiq injured Misiq scout, is captured by the Chinjoka and brought back for healing. Here begins the start of cultural exchange and understanding. Of course, can one person or two change the course of a war which will end in genocide?
I enjoyed the read, at times I felt that the pace could have picked up, but I never felt that he pacing was hindered by world-building. I loved the introduction of the Misiq into the aerie and how that one act changed all that came after.
I would definitely read the next novel in this series as I am intrigued by the new green healing dragon, what that means for the plague, and the romantic connections between two couples in the story, one of which is from a people considered the enemy.
This book was already beautiful and complex without the addition of a love story for each of the characters, which just made it even better. It was adorable seeing the boys discover the meaning of love while also learning what it means to be an adult. There were couples at the end of the book but I foresee many more obstacles for the characters in the books to come. For that reason, I classify this as a HFN. Also, I feel like the boys have more growing to do, so they may not remain together throughout the story.
I look forward to the follow up books because I’d love to read more of the mythology and the budding relationships. This is a 4 star read to me and I recommend this to fantasy lovers who want new and different worlds to sink their teeth into.