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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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This is such a unique read, original, and very relatable to real life.
Each character had their own voice and their own personalities.
There were also a lot of great lines and good food.
Zofia: Is the MC. She's amazingly confident but also unsure of her every move. A total oxymoron. But so loveable, especially when she gets herself in a corner. She'll always be known to me for her line, `Dragon snot!"
Dorian: Is Zofia's wizard-hubby-turned vampire by the evil Blood. Dorian has been missing for five years until he shows up at her door one night.
Richard: Is the Ugwump (human) that Zofia was dating and had broken up with way before Damien showed up again. Wonder who she'll end up with in the end?
Blanche: Is Zofia's daughter. She's your typical teenage girl who must attract the Black Unicorn, Withershins, who has been kidnapped, so to speak, by the evil Blood.
Elton: Is Zofia's son. He is a typical little boy but ends up getting his soul stolen.
Aunt Tillie: Is Zofia's sidekick and crazy aunt. She's a hoot!
Blood: Is the villain who literally steals other peoples' bodies portraying to be them so he can trick Zofia and steal The Stone of Iridisi.
Erebus: Is the head demon she wheeled and dealed with for her son's soul. Might I add, I'll always remember this character for his nickname for Zofia, Sweet Cheeks. After, she gets her son soul back, she finds that the demon left her something special.
The Grandier family is from a planet called Euphoria. They left there suddenly to come to Earth, which they call First World after they thought Zophia’s husband, Dorian, had been killed by an evil renegade wizard named Vesselvod Blood. But unexpectedly, he returns. Only now he’s a vampire.
The story is sort of like a mishmash of Harry Potter (there is a magical prison on Euphoria, and they refer to people on Earth without magical powers as Ugwumps), Bewitched (there is a nosy neighbor who is always trying to get them arrested, and they must be careful about using magic where any Ugwumps can see them), and the aforementioned cozy witch mysteries (they run a potion shop as their primary source of income, and interact with other people in the town, not counting the vicious next-door neighbor, just like regular people). For the first three-quarters of the book, the family primarily focuses on concocting a spell to change Dorian back into a human again. There is evidence early on that Blood has escaped Hamparzum’s (the magical prison) and followed them to First World. But except to worry idly about it, nobody seems too concerned until the son, Eldon, is abducted.
At that point, the story takes on a darker and more urgent aspect. Zophia follows him and Blood to Hell (almost literally) and tangles with a Demon there. But even that doesn’t free them from Vesselvod Blood.
One other thing to note if this kind of thing bothers you; there seemed to be relatively few editing errors in the first half of the book, but suddenly about halfway through I began to notice many more cases of incomplete sentences, misused words, and errors of that nature.
I got this book on Kindle Unlimited.
The husband she thought Dead suddenly appears after five years and it's more important for her to go to a tea party that day than it is to sit down, reconnect, and figure out what happened. Her daughter is more interested in her ability to get into the bathroom than she is in the fact that her father magically appears.
This story may improve as you read more, however,I simply could not finish this book