Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone

Baba Character Analysis

After King Saran’s Raid, Tzain and Zélie’s father became a shell of the strong man he once was. In the wake of his wife’s murder and the everyday struggle of life under Saran, Baba has become frail and forgetful. Still, he draws strength from the thought of Tzain and Zélie’s mission. He believes fiercely in their ability to protect each other and carry out their mother’s legacy. He is murdered by King Saran and his guards, which catalyzes fighting and leads to Amari killing Saran.

Baba Quotes in Children of Blood and Bone

The Children of Blood and Bone quotes below are all either spoken by Baba or refer to Baba. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Henry Holt and Co. edition of Children of Blood and Bone published in 2018.
Chapter Twenty-Five Quotes

After I perform the ritual and bring magic back, after Baba is safe and sound. I’ll rally a group of Grounders to sink this monstrosity into the sand. That announcer will pay for every wasted divîner life. Every noble will answer for their crimes.

Related Characters: Zélie (speaker), Baba
Page Number: 212
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Chapter Seventy-Nine Quotes

As I approach Inan, Baba’s shaking grows frantic. I can’t let him break my resolve. I don’t want them to win, Baba. But I can’t let you die.

Related Characters: Zélie (speaker), Inan, King Saran, Baba
Page Number: 499
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Chapter Eighty Quotes

As long as we don’t have magic, they will never treat us with respect, Baba’s spirit booms. They need to know we can hit them back. If they burn our homes—I burn theirs, too.

Related Characters: Zélie (speaker), King Saran, Baba
Page Number: 503
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Baba Character Timeline in Children of Blood and Bone

The timeline below shows where the character Baba appears in Children of Blood and Bone. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Prologue
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Cycles of Violence Theme Icon
...narrator recounts white-haired Mama and they joyful home they once shared. The narrator remembers when Baba was chained and dragged away, and Mama was hung and taken away. (full context)
Chapter One
Cycles of Violence Theme Icon
...Zélie’s older brother, Tzain, enters the tent and says they must go home to seer Baba, their father, immediately. (full context)
Chapter Two
Duty to Family vs. Self Theme Icon
...and Zélie dash across the floating city of Ilorin. Tzain scolds Zélie for leaving their Baba alone while she practiced sparring. Feeling urgent and guilty, Zélie races across a string of... (full context)
Prejudice and Inequality Theme Icon
Cycles of Violence Theme Icon
Baba says that he was trying to go out fishing to make money for the recently... (full context)
Chapter Seven
Prejudice and Inequality Theme Icon
Duty to Family vs. Self Theme Icon
Cycles of Violence Theme Icon
...has magic, she will be a target. He says they need to get back to Baba and go into hiding. They decide to take the scroll—and with it, Amari, because they... (full context)
Chapter Nine
Duty to Family vs. Self Theme Icon
Zélie, Tzain, and Amari arrive at Mama Agba’s home in Illorin. They find Baba asleep there. Tzain scoops up his father and returns home to gather their belongings before... (full context)
Cycles of Violence Theme Icon
...is ablaze. Zélie fights her way home through the chaos, desperate to find Tzain and Baba. When she can’t see them, but only their home in flames, she assumes the worst.... (full context)
Chapter Ten
Prejudice and Inequality Theme Icon
Duty to Family vs. Self Theme Icon
Cycles of Violence Theme Icon
Baba tells Zélie she can’t stop fighting. He says their homes have been destroyed twice by... (full context)
Chapter Seventy-One
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Tzain says they have to find Baba and escape Orïsha. Amari agrees, saying they will regroup and find another way to fight.... (full context)
Chapter Seventy-Eight
Duty to Family vs. Self Theme Icon
Faith and Tradition Theme Icon
...out from hiding places around the room. Inan is there, too, holding a majacite blade. Baba is with them. (full context)
Chapter Seventy-Nine
Duty to Family vs. Self Theme Icon
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...She thinks of everyone who has died for her, in vain. But she can’t let Baba die. (full context)
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Inan steps forward to trade Baba for the artifacts. Zélie drops the sunstone and scroll, and an ordinary dagger, realizing Inan... (full context)
Chapter Eighty
Duty to Family vs. Self Theme Icon
Faith and Tradition Theme Icon
...it has, as the life drains from her father. Zélie is filled with images of Baba’s life. It is the greatest blood magic—and it summons her powers back. (full context)
Prejudice and Inequality Theme Icon
Cycles of Violence Theme Icon
...All she wants is blood and death, to avenge her fallen family, but she hears Baba’s voice telling her that revenge is not the path—she must fix things. She needs to... (full context)
Chapter Eighty-One
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...runs towards Zélie, yelling that this is all her fault. He says it’s her fault Baba died. Angered, Zélie sends a bolt of magic towards him. He holds the scroll in... (full context)
Chapter Eighty-Four
Duty to Family vs. Self Theme Icon
Faith and Tradition Theme Icon
...out to the spirits of the temple priests for help, but all she feels is Baba and the magic in her own blood. (full context)
Chapter Eighty-Five
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...But then she realizes it’s not Oya, but her own mother. Mama tells Zélie that Baba is there now, at peace. (full context)