Children of Blood and Bone

They killed my mother.  They took our magic.  They tried to bury us.  Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

This book didn’t appeal to me because of the title and also because it was a fantasy but once I started reading I was completely drawn in.  It is a great book with lots of action right from page one. It is told from the perspective of the four main characters so you get to know each of them well.  Although the book is a fantasy it’s main theme if very much a fact of life – how many are discriminated against and the losses they endure.