Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
The Root: A Novel of the Wrath & Athenaeum Paperback – June 7, 2016
|New from||Used from|
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Pre-order today
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky
An intense, emotional ride that combines libraries, monsters, fallen angels, magical powers, and secret societies fighting an ancient war. This is catnip for my reading soul.”
Kate Elliott, author of Cold Magic and Black Wolves
The Root is a grandiose feat of imagination and cross-dimensional storytelling . . . a story that’s firmly rooted in human drama, exploring themes such as the nature of race, celebrity, the media and society’s perceptions of sexual orientation, gender and class division . . . Tilahun has laid the foundations for a very promising trilogy.”
About the Author
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Erik’s a former teen star living in San Francisco. He thought his life was complicated enough, but now he’s finding out that he’s Blooded – descended from gods and gifted with powers he doesn’t understand. He also finds himself in the middle of a secret battle, between Blooded and a government organization kidnapping them and trading them off to an alternate dimension.
Lil’s an apprentice archivist in said alternate dimension, where humans are subservient to demonic beings. Yet a strange and powerful darkness is taking over her city, and the rulers are turning to the human archivists to look for answers. Lil’s life will soon become a tightrope walk between her demonic rulers and her power hungry fellow archivists.
The Root has some of the usual urban fantasy tropes, but the portal fantasy aspect and the alternate world really helped it feel fresh. I loved the inventiveness of the demonic world! Organic buildings and insect-like transportation… It actually reminded me a bit of the work of Max Gladstone, which is high praise indeed.
Erik is eighteen years old, and I think Lil is around the same age. While reading it, I didn’t think of The Root as being YA, but it might make for a good cross over. It just didn’t fit into the structure or tropes I typically expect from YA literature. I did like that Erik’s parents were actually alive, present, and played a role in the narrative. It’s a more interesting decision than having them be mysteriously dead or vanished. Plus, those are already over used in fantasy fiction.
Most of the cast are people of color and queer characters. Erik’s gay and his career dissolved due to a scandal involving his ex-boyfriend. We don’t learn the details until later into the book, and it made for a nice personal mystery. I think Lil may be bisexual? She hasn’t had any confirmed romantic interest of yet. The supporting cast includes plenty of other queer characters, including a trans boy and a f/f couple. If you’re looking for inclusive urban fantasy, The Root would be a good bet.
However, I do think The Root would have benefited from narrowing its use of POVs. Practically every significant character has at least one POV section. It’s a bit overwhelming at times. Off the top of my head, I can remember at least fourteen, but there’s probably some I’m missing. I felt like so many POV sections cluttered the narrative.
The only other criticism I have regarding structure is that I expected more out of the climax. I guess I assumed that Lil and Erik’s sections would intertwine by then? It looks like that’s not going to happen until the next book. Other than those two criticisms, I found The Root to be generally well executed, especially for a debut novel. It’s a strong start, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.
NOT recommended if you're looking for paranormal romance or a plotline that wraps everything up in a single book. There's certainly attraction between some of the characters, but romance is not the point of the plot and there's no guarantee of HEA for anyone.
*Really fascinating, fresh, and original worldbuilding, both for how magic works in the world we know (Chapters headed with San Francisco) and the entirety of the other world (Chapters headed with Zebub).
*Characters that come alive on the page, and who you can love and root for, flaws and all.
*Antagonists with believable motivations, even though the deeper aspects of what they want to achieve are still hidden.
*Fast pacing, with just enough explanation of the world and magic to keep the reader from getting lost.
*The non-humans are delightfully alien and original, both in form and in culture.
*There were a few scenes where I got confused as to who was talking or who the names on the page referred to, but flipping back a few pages to get my bearings again was more of a pleasure than an inconvenience.
*Reading on Kindle, I didn't realize the book was almost over! I stopped reading for the night at what seemed like a natural break point, and picked it up the next day to discover that there were only a few more pages of positioning the characters for the next book before it was over. This is why I call it "Epic" urban fantasy. It reads like a (really extraordinary) urban fantasy, but ends more like an installment of the "A Song of Fire and Ice" or "Wheel of Time" series. (Or Fifth Season, another fantasy novel I'm waiting eagerly for the sequel to.) The author picked a good place to end this book, but I can't wait for the next one to come out so I can find out what happens next!
There is so much lush detail and chewy ideas all crammed into this first novel in a trilogy. I have no idea how the author is going to manage to top this book -- but I feel certain that he will, and I can't wait for it to come out, so I can find out what happens next.
Two main protagonists, one in San Francisco in our world and another in the city of Zebub on another world, never quite meet, though they seem likely to in the next book, which I eagerly await! Nevertheless, I wound up caring a lot about both them.
This is a book to devour and an author to watch.