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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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Adair is a man without a last name. Abandoned as a young boy, he grew up with a clan in the Borders, and now he is on a mission to find out who his parents are. On his journey he is brutally attacked and dumped on the doorstep of Keila Fearn. Keila has also grown up without parents, utterly alone until the age of ten when she was put into the care of a childless woman named Moira. She is captivated by Adair, but she knows that she cannot marry if she were to fall in love with him. If she did, she would lose her home as part of a long-ago agreement. As both lose the struggle against that fate, Keila begins to be targeted by violence. When her friends are attacked, Adair works to ensure the safety of his now-beloved Keila.
I really enjoyed both Adair and Keila. They were generous and kind, with baggage that should have turned them bitter but instead made them strong. Adair was a wonderful hero, with a heart of gold, who swiftly loses that heart to the lovely lady who heals him after his attack. Keila has every reason to not trust him, but she almost instantly feels safe around him. I loved that they didn't let fear control them, and they both admitted to their love for each other. It was beautiful affection of the best kind.
From my reactions to these characters, I can tell this is an author I must read again. I greatly enjoyed this book, even if I did cry at that one part. It just shows that I connected emotionally with the characters, and that is a wondrous thing.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
Pet peeve: The author keeps changing the name of the main character from Adair to Dair and back again.
Adair got a blow to the head and cannot recall who he is, this is reasonable, happens quite often with a blow to the head. What is not reasonable is the fact that he recalls his precise age (six and twenty), his "exceptional skill with a sword" which is all the more remarkable as he awakens without his weapon, and can in fact, recall the names of his two best friends as well as his lord and lady and the name of his home. Yet none of this he shares with the person healing him. Why does he not ask for a letter to be sent to his home explaining he was attacked?
Than as he begins to move about, he receives his coin purse back and is able to determine it is still full, and he was not robbed. Again, a precise detail about his life.
Than he sits outside and contemplates the changing of the seasons and how if he had a wife he may like the colder months, but as he only has pretty lasses in his bed, he prefers the warmer. Than he thinks he cannot marry until he knows who he is as he recalls how his mother abandoned him at age four. He clearly knows who he is, what he is, and how he has been. All he lacks is his own name, which he would know if he just wrote to his lord and lady and told them what had befallen him.
Than of course falls the never-ending coincidences that lead to Adair discovering he is the bastard son of an Earl, his mother really loved him after all, and a tidy HEA (well, so long as you do not count the people who died for Adair and Keila to find happiness, and those who were rent homeless).
I think you should write another book following the exploits as to what happens once they get settled into the Lowlands & the father he did not want.
Worth The Read
Keila Fearn's mother died in childbirth so for first 10 years of her life she is shuffled around to various family members homes. She is fiercely independent and determined to be self sufficient.
The wonderful secondary characters add to the enjoyment of this story. Moira is determined to keep Keila on the straight and narrow so she'll not end up with a broken heart. Rory comes to help the ladies around the manor and is the sweetest ol man you'd ever want to know.
This is one of those books that gives you a hangover. I absolutely loved it. It is well written and I fell in love with the Adair and Keila in the first chapter. The story did have some slow parts but the plot twists (that I never saw coming) more than made up for it. It is has lots of intrigue and suspense and I would recommend this book to anyone that reads Highland Romance.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley