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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 natives of Garran are split into tribes, that struggle to survive in the harsh environments of their world. Technology is something that is new and alien to them, and often mistrusted and misunderstood. For millenia they lived under the guidance of their gods, watching for signs of their anger, living in peace.
The Borrai were gods among men, seven gods who walked the world in human form. Each bore the power of the gods, but even that was not enough to prevent them being killed by the invaders.
When the Chanden came, everything changed... The Borrai were dead, and the Garran were subjected to rules that chaffed at their tribal ways.
A hundred years have passed, and tensions are rising. Moorhen, of the Sand Plain Clan is there when his brother is beaten by Chanden hunters, and must watch as the anger of his father puts his clan on a path that could end everything they have built.
Asta of the Chanden has worked hard to rise from the ranks of the Enforcers and earn her place in the Stealth Unit. Her team is sent to arrest a Shaheak, one of the Garran priests, for his part in an attack on a Chanden Enforcer. When the raid is done, Asta's path is set for a mission that will take her into the heart of the enemy, and she will never be the same again.
This is Meredith Skye's first book, and I cannot recommend it enough to fans of both sci-fi and fantasy. The two genres are mixed in such a way as to appear seamless, and it is in the grey areas between the two that this book really shines. Parts of this story remind me of Clarke's Third Law:
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" (Arthur C. Clarke)
The inhabitants, the Garran, do not see it that way. The invaders look at the Garran's as savages. Another rebellion is brewing, and the Chanden are taking steps to infiltrate the rebellion and put an end to it.
Este, the Chandren operative gets very close to the rebellion leaders, via an inadvertent deception. She becomes God Touched and starts to question her races motives and belief of this planet and its inhabitants.
Revelations abound thru out this novel. Great plot, and great character development. The moral quandaries that Este goes thru during her travels to unravel the rebellion leads to many more questions, as she becomes more and moer entangles in the rebellion. The Gods are awakening, and they are not happy!
I love the plot of the story, and we have some very unique characters. One thing the author does very well is present this story from the perspective of a Garran (the natives) and the Chandren (the invaders). Because of this, we get a feel for how each species sees the other and vice versa.
My biggest complaint about the story is the editing. Spelling/grammar are pretty good, but the line editing (style, repeated words, inconsistencies) left much to be desired. It's always important to bring in a line editor, and then another editor to check for spelling grammar. (And as a writer, I've made this mistake myself, so I know what I'm talking about.) Still, all in all, this was a great story and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to my friends.