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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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The prologue to the book opens 1000 years in the past, in an army camp filled with starving and battle-weary troops. In a dark and foreboding scene, a prophecy is laid out by some inhuman creature/demon who has possessed a man. This evil prophecy is said to come due in 1000 years, which is when the first chapter opens.
Beginning in the present, we are introduced to a strong warrior culture, who know of this (now ancient) prophecy. They send a group of their finest out in search of the source of this “evil” in an effort to prevent the prophecy from coming true. At last they arrive in a city called Nihlos, where the rest of the book takes place.
Like most fantasy novels, the story covers politics, magic, and adventure, but goes farther. It explores difficulties and conflicts in personal and familial relationships. Its characters are flawed in palpable and meaningful ways. And no one is above the fray; everyone is wrong about something. You will find no omniscient wizards, witches, or pleasant and reassuring narrators here.
The drama in the story, conveyed largely through dialog, is compelling, though I had a few issues. In some cases, the words characters use to express themselves seem to approach a modern (present day) sensibility, coming off as out-of-character and out of place. Also the “stage direction” of a few scenes was confusing. I occasionally had a hard time tracking who was saying a line and had to read back a few lines to be sure, breaking up the flow. Some of the scenes and situations are obfuscated, or only lightly explained. This lack of exposition left me to puzzle out context and what was going on as a scene unfolded. That said, when I figured out what was going on in a scene, that “a-ha” moment of discovery typically unveiled a deeper part of the story or characters, which was pretty satisfying.
While narrative is one side of the fantasy novel coin, action is the other. This is where Gilbert is at his best. Encounters are tense and outcomes uncertain. You can feel the crunch of every dead body hitting the floor. The zing of every blade as it slices through the air. Gilbert artfully renders both the struggles of individuals, as well as the ebbs and flows of advantage shifting between sides. I was breathless after fights. Words in action sequences tumble through pages like water through river rapids. It is fast, exhilarating, and often over too soon. I would love to see more action in subsequent installments, because this is the best part of the work.
Overall, Gilbert has a story worth telling and conveys it in a novel worth reading. The action alone is worth the price of entry and I am eager to get the second volume in the series.
It's hard to find fresh fiction... seriously everything seems to be a copy cat of Twilight or Game of Thrones. This is one of the few really original feeling fantasy books I've read in a great while. It's a door into a world begging to be explored further. The Nihlosians and Xanthians have distinct and interesting cultures that seem to be a mix of fantasy and history. I read the other review talking about the Xanthians, and I really like them but it's the Meites that really had me hooked. I wanted to know more about their inner workings and just who they are. It's so easy for a fantasy writer to fall into some trite trope when it comes to magic, the gods and such which I feel this author avoids.
Matt Gilbert has penned strong characters with unique inner voices, well-written and interesting dialog between the protagonists, and a gritty well-realized world that is observed through the eyes and prejudices of his characters, rather than presented in passive voice.
I'm definitely looking forward to the sequel.