Children of Blood and Bone

by Tomi Adeyemi
Start Free Trial

Summary

Download PDF PDF Page Citation Cite Share Link Share

Last Updated on August 5, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 551

The Children of Blood and Bone is primarily about two sets of siblings: Zélie and Tzain, and Amari and Inan.

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access

The book begins by focusing on Zélie and her family. Zélie has been taking lessons to learn how to fight from someone named Mama Agba. Mama Agba teaches these classes so that divîners like Zélie will have some way of defending themselves if they are attacked. Divîners are a special race of people that have latent magic powers. Once a divîner's power is activated, they become a maji.

Zélie's mother was a maji. However, 11 years ago, King Saran (who belongs to the racial group kosidán) conducted a genocide which killed all active maji and wiped out magic from the kingdom of Orïsha. Since then, divîners have been living in terrible conditions of fear and oppression, terrorized by the royal guards. Zélie's mother was killed in this raid.

Zélie's father Baba is alive and does not show any signs of magic. However, he has been shattered by his wife's death, and between his own mental problems and the unfair laws of the royal guards he is barely able to keep his family together. Zélie and her brother Tzain try to keep an eye on their father.

Baba is taxed at an unfair rate for an amount that he clearly cannot pay. He is threatened by the guards that he and his family will be imprisoned unless he can come up with the sum.

Zélie travels to the capital city in order to try and raise money for her family to pay the tax. While she is there, she runs into Amari, the princess of Orïsha.

Amari is also kosidán. However, she is running away from the palace because she has just witnessed her father's murder of her best friend, Binta. Binta was a divîner who worked in the palace, but when King Saran (Amar's father) made her touch a magic artifact, it awakened her power. King Saran killed her because he does not want magic returning to the kingdom, and he distrusts anything magical. Amari stole the artifact and ran away. She bumps into Zélie in the market, and Amari convinces Zélie to help her escape the city.

The artifact awakens Zélie's own magic powers. However, Zélie is now a fugitive. She learns from Mama Agba that she must take the artifact to an ancient temple of the gods, and she, Amari, and Tzain set out on this quest.

Inan (the prince of Orïsha - King Saran's son) pursues the three. He discovers to his horror that he himself is also a maji. He hates magic, just like his father. He is eager to prove himself and gain his father's love so he relentlessly tracks the other three.

The rest of the novel centers around Inan's pursuit of Zélie, Amari, and Tzain. Zélie discovers that she is the one who is fated to bring magic back to the entire kingdom, and she must complete a special ritual for the gods to bring magic back to Orïsha. The three go through a series of dangers and adventures until the final showdown in the temple of the gods.

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access
Next

Themes