Updated: Sep 1, 2020
I was recently introduced to the fantastical works of Nigerian-American author, Tomi Adeyemi, and I was not disappointed. Between the books of "Children of Blood and Bone" and "Children of Virtue and Vengeance", here are my (some spoiler) thoughts.
The story is set in the World of Orisha, deeply inspired by West African Mythology, and follows a young woman named Zélie Adebola who is suddenly set on a mission to restore magic to her realm of Orisha after the privileged nobles stripped her realm and her people of not just magic, but their way of life. With an unlikely companion in tow, she must race against time and the oppressive royal military that threatens to bring her world-changing mission to an end.
In Tomi Adeyemi's Author's Note, she mentions how part of her inspiration of the struggles and obstacles the characters in Children of Blood and Bone/Children of Virtue and Vengeance experience were that of the black community's experience with police brutality, and open discrimination. The fantastical racism trope is not only evident in the series