Audiobook Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, narrated by Bahni Turpin


(Legacy of Orïsha #1)

Overall Story:


4 disco balls



5 disco balls

Published: March 6, 2018 by Macmillan Audio
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 17 hours and 44 minutes
Category: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fiction
Kirkus Prize Nominee for Young Readers’ Literature (2018), Goodreads Choice Award for Debut Author and Nominee for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2018)

I bought this book in March of 2018 and it had been sitting on my shelf a bit too long. I typically do not read fantasy, but was intrigued by the synopsis and gravitated toward the stunning book cover. Fast forward to January 2019 and it was my book club book! Its a beast of a book clocking in at 527 pages so I thought I would enlist the help of the audiobook from the library to keep me on pace.

I am SO glad I picked up the audiobook! The book is action packed and narrator, Bahni Turpin, brought all the characters to life. She captured the emotions effortlessly that I would often listen to the audio while reading along (as I do like to hold a book in my hands).

There was to be no more magic in Orïsha; the king would see to that. Zélie would never forget the raid that killed her mother – a maji just like her – leaving her, her brother Tzain and father Baba to live in constant fear of Zélie being captured, or worse, killed.

Though magic was gone, were the Gods at work when they crossed the paths of Princess Amari and Zélie? Amari unknowingly in possession of something that will point to Zélie as the chosen one to bring magic back: leading to a long journey filled with self-discovery, carnage, anger, and hope. It will be very hard to keep dry eyes as you feel you are fighting right alongside the divîners against the evil King and his army.

Author, Roxanne Gay, reviewed Children of Blood and Bone on Goodreads and it was speaking what I felt. While there aren’t any major spoilers, there are some plot points discussed so tread lightly.

I was satisfied and also unsatisfied with the ending, but it definitely set up a Book 2 (Children of Virtue and Vengeance) that I will be reading once it comes out June 4, 2019!

I highly recommend this one on audio even if you aren’t an audio fan: the narration was just that good!

Have you read Children of Blood and Bone? Do tell!


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28 thoughts on “Audiobook Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, narrated by Bahni Turpin

  1. I really enjoyed this book and gave it a high rating. However I’m not a huge fan of the author anymore after she stuck her foot in her mouth one too many times on Twitter (look up Tomi Adeyemi/Nora Roberts if you haven’t seen what happened!)

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  2. Great review Nikki, I’ve been seeing this book everyehere’s and it looks and sounds absolutely fantastic and right up my alley to boot as well. I’m really glad you fully enjoyed listening to this book my friend, thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

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