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13 March 2018

Making Tea with Children of Blood and Bone

My Maji clan is Tider, which means I have the ability to manipulate water and ice. At first I was a little confused because I didn't think that water is an element I have much affinity with. Then I spent some time thinking about it and it made sense.
You’re a Tider, the maji of water. Tenacious, warm-hearted, and creative, you have the power to manipulate water in all of its forms.

As a Tider, you’re a natural born leader. Though you can be stubborn at times, your persistence allows you to achieve anything you put your mind to.
When life gives you water, make tea.

Custom Tea Blends for Children of Blood and Bone

If you haven't already read Children of Blood and Bone, get on it. It's incredible. And if you get the Waterstones Exclusive Edition it even comes with red sprayed edges which are exactly as gorgeous as you'd imagine.

I reviewed it in 5 Words: Power, magic, family, loyalty, faith.

But reading this book is truly a journey. Tomi Adeyemi's writing is such that I was drawn into the world. I was there. I could see and smell and feel. So I blended up some tea to match some of the most vivid locations.

Amari in the Royal Palace
A tea blend based on Amari from Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • First Flush Darjeeling
  • Pink Rose Petals
Three parts First Flush Darjeeling, one part Pink Rose Petals. 

Brewing Time: 2 - 4 minutes

This tea is subtle and light and expensive. I wanted to capture the luxury of the palace, the expensive tastes of the royal family. Use just under boiling water, and make sure not to leave it brewing for too long as first flush can turn bitter quite quickly.

At Home in Elorin
A tea blend based on Zélie from Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Second Flush Assam
  • Cocoa Nibs
Two parts Second Flush Assam, one part Cocoa Nibs. 

Brewing Time: 3 - 5 minutes

This tea feels like home. It's strong and smoky and slightly sweet to drink, and it smells like treacle. It's comforting and familiar, something that I had wanted to capture when I was blending it. It's malty and rich and the cocoa adds extra warmth.

This blend would lend itself well to a tea latte, just brew a little stronger and use an equal quantity of hot frothy milk.

In the Dreamscape
A tea blend based on Inan from Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
One part of each.

Brewing Time: 2 - 5 minutes

This tea is not subtle, but it is relaxing. The scent is super strong and hides the lightness of flavour, and I like how this reflects the turmoil of the characters in the dreamscape when they are trying to figure each other out and are projecting misleading personas.

This can be brewed multiple times, lengthen the brewing time by a minute each time. Use just under boiling water. Best of all it's caffeine free so actually pretty perfect for bedtime when you're headed into dreamland yourself.

The Temple at Chȃndomblé
A tea blend based on Chȃndomblé from Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Jasmine Dragon Pearl
One part of each.

Brewing Time: 2 - 3 minutes

I wanted something that was simple yet special for the temple. I hope this tea light, fresh tea reflects the place itself rather than the horrors that unfolded there, representing new beginnings rather than brutal endings.

Do not use boiling water, either stop it before it boils or let it rest for around 5 minutes before pouring. As expensive as dragon pearl is, it can be re-infused multiple times, and the flavour will change each time, becoming more floral as the green tea unfurls from around the jasmine blossom.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi coverAdd to Goodreads button
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. 

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. 

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy. 

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  1. I really really want a cup of these teas now. They sound delicious What an awesome talent to have.

  2. Love how you found your niche within the clan. Lovely pictures too. :)

  3. I really fancy a cup of tea now! I might have to make one of these! The Amari in the Royal Palace sounds right up my street!

    Ciara |

    1. It's so lush and delicate, I think it'd do nice as an unsweetened iced tea in summer

  4. I had no idea you could make tea; what a fun skill, especially for you seeing you love it so much! Hope you enjoy these ones you've blended, from my very limited knowledge as a non tea drinker 🙈🙈 they sound lovely 😊
    Amy xx

  5. I REALLY want to read Children of Blood and Bone (def next on my TBR)! Bookmarking this now so I can have some great tea to go along with it 😊

    Sinead |

    1. Thank you! Let me know how you find them, they're all very different haha


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