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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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Eighteen-year-old Taq has arrives in Prague with a mission that is revealed as the reader meets the Bohemians and beautiful Katia. There's unrequited love, a beautiful heroine with multiple admirers, and clean romance. Readers will follow many characters through this tale, each point of view clearly marked before their scene or chapter. There's a few flashbacks to a past generation and these, too, are labeled and easy to follow. This style creates a layer of history that adds depth to the story and is vital to the plot.
And you'll wish you could book a trip to visit this enchanting city with its many wonders! Generous, detailed descriptions paint a portrait of a truly magical place: mind-readers, illusionists, shape-shifters, telekinetics, fire starters and more promise anything can happen. There's a definite steampunk vibe with familiar antique contraptions being morphed into amazing festival amusements and life-saving prosthetics.
This is YA, so the main characters are young, sometimes melodramatic in dialogue and reactions. I'd recommend this book to those who enjoy steampunk, fanfiction (only because I could totally see these characters in an amazing RPG), and worlds of magic with action and romance. Oh! And while this is the first book in a series, it stands alone with a full story and resolutions.
Set in a fascinating world where old-world Europe meets fantastical characters with an almost steampunk-ish feel, Notes of Magic tells the story of two star-crossed lovers who share a connection far deeper than either of them realize. Taq is a young man who shuns his family's wealth and travels, fiddle in hand, to the streets of Prague. There he meets Katia, a lovely musician who, for reasons that become evident as the story progresses, has chosen to remain mute. Their back-stories unfold as the drama ramps up, which is the mark of a great storyteller. As forces conspire to keep them apart, we can't help but root for them to prevail.
I was honored to receive an ARC of this book, and I can't wait for the next one in the series!
This book was very interesting an I really did enjoy it, but it seemed to start out slow and I am not sure why. It may have just been me. About one third of the way into the book, it really picked up and I was totally engrossed. The plot was easy to follow, but there were twists in it that I did not expect. The characters were all so well written. They seemed so real and alive. Yuri was the perfect villain. You could see why he made the choices that he did. I did feel some empathy toward him, but I still didn't like him. The story was told from an alternating POV. You knew exactly what everyone was thinking and it helped fill in the background story. All in all, this was a very entertaining story that I would definitely recommend.
This was a beautifully written bo0k about finding your place in the world. In 2366 Taq comes to Prague to become one of the Bohemians, ageless as long as they remain within the City. Such a beautiful place to be! We see through his eyes and others the wonders, but also the traps and foibles that are interwoven in young love.
I wanted to be there with Taq and Katia. I wanted to kick Yuri in the butt for being a foil tothe story. But mostly, I didn’t want to leave this futuristic Old World land that Jessica Boucher has created. Here’s to many more Notesin this magical realm!
I volunteered to read and provide a review.