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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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This story is well-paced; Brodey has a superb ability to depict vividly detailed scenes and use craftily written dialogue to keep the pace lively. The animated discussions among the characters relating to the fundamentals of human nature and other poignant issues of the times were especially engaging.
Because of the excellent subtlety within the author’s hints, my guesses as to some characters’ secrets were off-base. Brodey tantalized me well, foreshadowing possible revelations through the use of not only clever dialogue, but also, nuances in her characters’ theatrics, their body language. It didn’t bother me that my guesses were wrong.
BHR was significantly endearing because of the hum that welled up within me while reading it, a mix of fascination, commiseration, ribald delight, and curiosity as to where the author was taking me. I read it in two days.
The dialogue-rich narrative drives the plot and exposes twenty years of secrets, passions, and lives gone awry. Among the friends present, one in particular stands out. Leah Brent, who lacks any self-critical conscience bulldozes her way into conversations with an acid tongue. She hurls insults for sport and takes great pride in causing pain for the others.
You know she will eventually get her ‘just desserts,’ but you have no idea how sweet it will be. With numerous surprises along the way, Ms. Brodey doles out each morsel like pieces of calorie-rich chocolate. The journey to discovery is quite delicious.
In the hands of a lesser author, the story might have seemed fantastical, but Ms. Brodey’s skill in building her characters’ motivations draws us into the lives of believable people. Each is flawed in their own ways, but there is definitely a sliding scale of flaws. Amongst this group of friends, some shortcomings are acceptable and some are not. How we as readers, choose to judge them may very well reflect our own moral standards.
I truly enjoyed being that proverbial fly on the wall at the BARRIE HILL REUNION.
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