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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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Story ended with next book promised. I might buy it. If it is fluffed up with useless chapters like this one then it will be the last book I buy from this author.
I do have a few things to object to, however. "There" is no the same word as "their." "Its" has a different meaning from "it's." Punctuation is sketchy at best, and a number of sentences suffer from using the same word multiple times. Consider the problematic problem of this problem.
The ending was ridiculous. Nothing's been resolved. The sudden appearance of what amounts to a demon vacuum cleaner is more than a little strange. The ring was not satisfactorily explained. The fact that no one detected a major demon in their midst for many years through any means (mirror, fellow demon slaves seeing through his disguise, etc.) is a stretch at best. Jenn is a jerk and never had any real development, except to ogle the aforementioned demonic penis. I still have no real idea of why anyone is how they are or why they want to do what they want to do. There are a number of people who think Tom must be much older than he is, but none of them think it strange he's never been seen at the Courts. Really, for demonic equivalents of politicians and rock stars, no one can do some digging and figure out that he hasn't been around? And no one has an inkling that he could have been a recent addition? Not to mention that the Rupert thing has no precedent for a Fourth Order demon in the Abyss, but they just take it as proof he's older? What?
This could have been a decent, short, playful book with about 2/3 of it ripped out and a large number of errors corrected. I have no idea what book the five-star reviewers were able to struggle through. It was certainly not the same one I read.
[There are some spoilers ahead.]
Much recent fantasy is little more than supernatural pornography, and, luckily, that wasn't the case here. On the other hand the lead character is borderline too powerful, another common failing. Here we go from a supposedly average teenager, and, boom, not only does he turn into a demon, he turns into a super powerful one, with hints that he's even more so. Stories aren't interesting if there's no real peril. I expect that Tom was originally a very powerful demon who's spirit was banished to earth, which would explain how quickly his power has developed.
Another common problem is predictability. So far, the story is quite predictable. Main character = good, zealots = misguided, woman who can't stand the main character will probably fall in love with the character, well, we'll see. Still, there are some questions, such as what is in the Book, the one the wizards are fighting over? It'll probably turn out to be something that explains how the current wizard/demon situation came about, one that won't paint the demons as being inherently evil. Rupert is another question mark. If Tom's not his father, why the similarity? Is it just that our minds create reality, and Rupert really wanted to be Tom's son?
In any case, despite some shortcomings, and whether or not my suppositions turn out to be correct, I enjoyed the book enough to read it in one sitting, and I'm looking forward to the next one.
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