Sage is an ornery orphan. He spends most of his time sneaking out of the orphanage and stealing from unsuspecting folks in town nearby. When Sage is caught by a nobleman, Conner, his life in completely changed. Conner foresees a civil war in their kingdom and believes he has a solution that will save them. Sage and three orphans are recruited for Conner’s scheme to become the next king by deceiving an entire kingdom. It is a true rumor that the king, queen, and prince are dead, but not everyone knows and there is not a remaining heir in the royal family to take the throne. The entire kingdom will be in complete chaos unless Conner can convince his orphans and the regents that young heir, Prince Jaron, is alive. He was thought to be killed by pirates four years prior. Sage or one of the other orphans have been given the opportunity to compete against each other to be the next Price Jaron be learning to be him and then become the next king. Conner knew Sage to be trouble but the next two weeks were almost too much to handle. Conner could have Sage killed for his trouble but he sees something in him that could be the convincing enough to be the prince. Sage will not give himself to anyone especially Conner, but Sage is smart enough to come up with his own plan for the throne that will shock even Conner.
I was completely immersed into this book for the day. It is a trilogy and many of our students have enjoyed all of the parts of this story. This book has been catching my eye from the shelf for a couple of years and I finally made the time to read it and it was very entertaining and satisfying. There is nothing better than reading a book that you have been wanting to read for a long time and loving it. The entire plot of the book reminded me of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo in that it seemed like an impossible task for the characters to complete and so many twists and turns along the way. The setting was very comparable to Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, Ruined by Amy Tintera, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, and A Throne of Glass by Sara J. Maas.
Review of Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi