- File Size: 1659 KB
- Print Length: 235 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Aneeka Richins (November 1, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 1, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009YJXOHE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,230 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Wanted Child (Chaos Gods Book 1) Kindle Edition
"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 a very good book. The only flaws I can see are some copy-editing mistakes and the fact that it's only available via Kindle, so I can't lend it to people to make them read it.
Ki is a very sympathetic, determined girl who made a choice to protect her loved ones, no matter what the gods say. And that choice brought horrible repercussions. But she is happy she made that choice, even though it means that she is miserably unhappy almost all the time.
It's worth the read. I look forward to the sequel.
Going on from there, the exposition in the book was done very well. Even though I had to learn the titles of eight-nine deities, I was able to keep track of them and figure out their relationships and roles to each other. This was especially impressive considering only one makes an actual appearance in the novel. I was a little confused about the rules of demon-human-god relations--Ki got angry every time De asked, but I didn't blame him for being bewildered at times--but beyond that, the world seemed very well thought-out and put together.
The characters were well-developed, and I was able to like and/or dislike them according to their role in the story. Even characters who garnered little sympathy managed to win me over at various points due to their noble intentions or actions. I will say some characters seemed dogmatic for the sake of it, but I could easily believe that attitude coming from a real person.
My main concerns are below.
The bigger bad of the book is one of the unseen gods. Indeed, most of the book revolves around the chess pieces of the Gods, rather than the actual contenders themselves. As it is, the big bad of the book (minion to the bigger bad) comes across as somewhat pathetic due to the ill-defined nature of its powers and the fact that it's not, you know, an all-powerful God.
In addition, one of Ki's biggest fears is that she will consume enough power to turn her into a demon. All demons are known for being savage, wild beasts with no free will of their own. Sure enough, Ki eventually accidentally consumes enough power to turn into a demon, and she believes for a paragraph that she is going to become savage, evil, and impossible to reason with. Then, after three paragraphs of struggling with herself, she decides that being an evil demon is stupid and regains every bit of her mental prowess.
My problem with this is that, following the demon-turning incident, nobody comments on how impossible it's supposed to be for Ki to still function more or less as a human. Even Ki doesn't seem surprised. The internal conflict she experiences easily resolves the problem, which was made out to be a far bigger deal. What's worse, the conflict wasn't even long or challenging.
Either way, I liked this book, and I plan on reading the sequel soon. It was well-written, well-crafted, and promises an exciting sequel that will likely prove just as exciting as the first.
For characters, Ki made for a solid protagonist - she had motive, a 'loner' personality, mindfulness, and naivety (which you can expect from a 15 year old trying to find a perfect ending for everyone). She knows what she wants and her limits for getting them, which sets up a nice device for those limits being tested. I also unexpectedly enjoyed the 'Missus', and loved Tavk's smarmy appearances. However, I did not care too much for De and Maggie - both characters seemed overbearing in their personalities without much reason to act that way. I'm also curious as to why Ki pays a price for using her magic, but Maggie does not (or does not seem to). The love triangle between Ki, De, and Maggie doesn't seem to mesh well due to their conflicting personalities, making for a rather forced tension than genuine chemistry between the characters.
On a different note, my copy did not transfer well to my Kindle - I was missing complete sentences between pages for some reason.
All in all, the setting and story are solid, but I hope the following books define the characters on a bit of a deeper level. It's a short book so I will likely re-read it to pick up any stray notes, and I do plan on reading The Servant Lord in the future.
The main character, given the name Ki at the start of the book, is a teenage girl who has made a deal with the Fallen Chaos God for the protection of her parents. Her end of the bargain means she has to go on whatever silly missions the god decides to amuse himself with. The mark on her forehead is the god's mark, and she can use his powers (when he lets her). Her hair, the shorter side of her pigtails specifically, is her means of casting spells. At last her appearance on the cover makes sense! (Also, the updated cover is much nicer than the old one, I wish I could update my ebook.)
Aside from a couple words used rather oddly, the writing is clean and engaging. I liked Ki and even other characters. This first book is rather exciting and action-filled, and while it concludes one thing, the overarching questions and plot are far from over.
I'm definitely going to get the next book, and will keep an eye on this author in the future. It's always nice finding a quality self-published author!
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