Blog Tour: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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Today I am taking part in the blog tour for the FABULOUS Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. If you haven’t heard of this book, where have you been? I will be sharing a full review of this in the near future (just as soon as I’ve finished processing all the levels of awesome it is), but for the blog tour I am doing something different. Today I am sharing two photo collages I have put together based on the novel, using photographs I have taken myself. I am not the world’s most creative person, but I do love photography, so I hope you enjoy these.

The brief for the blog tour was to do something linked to your Magi clan. Well, I am clearly a Burner. I have a strong affinity for fire, I love fire, fire is my everything. Anyone who knows me will attest to that. The quiz however (see the bottom of this post), pegs me as a Winder. I’ve based my first collage on my true clan: the Burners.

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Here, you can see me mastering the fire by spinning it in a circle to make this photo (that tiny figure in the middle is me). See: clearly a Burner. I had the most fun playing with fire on this photography course. I have also included the burning fire colour of a sunset (this one was taken on our New Zealand trip in my Aunt’s back garden and is one of my favourite photos from the holiday). Fire colours are some of my favourite colours and I find firey sunsets especially calming.  Finally, I have included a photo of me burning my hospital notes in a very therapeutic fire ritual, and one of my new favourite hobby: creating pet flames (this particular flame is from Taken Moons and features gold glitter – it could not be more perfect).


My second collage is based on the character Zelie Adebola. For this, I chose photographs that reflected some of the descriptions of Zelie in the novel and some of the things that are important to her.

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First we have the lionnaire. I’ll be honest, whatever the description in the book, in my head the lionnaire is a giant lion. Zelie travels on her lionnaire in parts of her adventure and is very attached to her. My lion photo was taken at a wildlife park and I don’t plan to ride her any time soon, because although they are very beautiful and graceful animals, I am also somewhat terrified of them.

The top middle photo is to represent family. This photograph is one I took of me holding my grandfather’s hand the day before he died. My grandad was a photographer and an artist and had a love of drawing and photographing hands. To me, this photo represents the protectiveness of family. In Children of Blood and Bone, Zelie’s family are everything to her. Her motivation throughout her journey is to honour her mother and to protect her Baba, as well as keeping her brother safe.

Next is the moon. Zelie is described all throughout the story as having silver eyes like the moon and this description is one that really stuck with me as I read. I adore the moon, if that doesn’t sound too odd. I love to watch the way it changes throughout the month and the brightness of it on a dark night, so I couldn’t resist including a photo of the moon here.

Under that is a firework. Okay, I am taking something of a creative liberty here, because I love firework photographs, especially when they look like sparks of exploding fire in the sky. Here, this represents the spark of Zelie’s magic. She feels her magic as a spark inside her and sparks literally fly when she uses her gift.

In the middle at the bottom is a seaside scene. This particular photo was taken at Tynemouth beach at night. Zelie’s village is described as being near the sea, where they rely on fishing to sustain themselves. Her village is important to her, and when Inan and Zelie meet he is drawn to her “sea salt scented soul”. It seemed appropriate to include a seaside photo here, and I love this one.

Finally I have another fire picture. Fire is an important part of this novel. It is used by the monarchy to suppress the people with the threat of burning their villages down. It is one of the things that enrages Zelie.

I always come back to the fire. I’m a burner.

Do you want to discover your Magi Clan? Take the test below and let me know which clan you’re in! 

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  1. these are lovely photographs!!!!! i’m cr this book and so far it’s so wonderful ❤ i'm a cancer, which is appropriate bc that's also my star sign???? 😀

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  2. I’m a Winder too apparently. I have no idea what that means, because I haven’t read the book yet, but I’m looking forward to finding out!

    Your photography is stunning btw. I love the sunset photo particularly.

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