The Curse of Time - Book 1 - Bloodstone Kindle Edition
"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 book has a complex mix of themes running through it, and at times my head did spin as I tried to keep up. Amelina is a likeable character. She receives enchanted gifts and dreams about an elusive cottage. Her parents can’t offer her the support she needs, and instead, she turns to Esme, a friend who lives in the mirror.
As a qualified crystal therapist, I liked the inclusion of crystals throughout the story.
Our clasped hands shook with fear. I waited, afraid to witness the effect the Black Obsidian would have on my friends and me next. Our eyes met, and we strengthened our hold, clasping our hands tighter. The blackness of the moment grew. A flowing ribbon of dark, velvety light encircled our hands and bound our palms together sealing our bond.
There is also a strong personal development theme running through the book which I enjoyed.
As with all coming-of-age stories, Amelina grows as the story unfold. Learning who to trust, and how to use her gifts.
I reviewed The Curse of Time as part of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team #RBRT
In the book 13-year old Amelina basically travels to a mystical cottage outside Cambridge. She is aided by enigmatic puzzles / invitations and several intriguing side characters, pets and fantasy creatures.
If you're into new age, fantasy, crystal healing and have an appetite for spiritual development, then this is certainly for you as it ticks all those boxes. Charming, enchanting and richly layered this is purely delightful.
As Amelina struggles to reach the cottage, magical powers and creatures help her but it is them or her personal growth and her learned insights that interact with them?
A clear labour of love, this should appeal to young adults as much as to older readers.
The first in a series, this is a very promising debut.