Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone

Kwame Character Analysis

Kwame lives among the secret divîner encampment in the jungle. He is a Burner, meaning he is a maji with power over fire. He can be headstrong and hot-tempered, turning towards violence when he thinks it will help the outlaws’ cause. Witnessing Kwame’s extraordinary power is what makes Inan certain that magic is too dangerous and must be destroyed for good.

Kwame Quotes in Children of Blood and Bone

The Children of Blood and Bone quotes below are all either spoken by Kwame or refer to Kwame. 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 Fifty-One Quotes

Zu’s tears make my own eyes prickle. Kwame’s face pinches with pain. I want to hate him for what he did to Tzain, but I can’t. I’m no better. If anything, I’m worse. If Inan hadn’t stopped me, I would’ve stabbed that masked divîner to death just to get answers.

Related Characters: Zélie (speaker), Amari, Inan, Tzain, Kwame, Zu
Page Number: 343
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Chapter Sixty-Three Quotes

“I thought things could be different. I wanted them to be different. But after what we just saw, we have no choice. We can’t give people that kind of power.”

Related Characters: Inan (speaker), Zélie, King Saran, Kwame
Page Number: 412
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Kwame Character Timeline in Children of Blood and Bone

The timeline below shows where the character Kwame appears in Children of Blood and Bone. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Forty-Two
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...blindfold; behind him, she sees Tzain, also tied to a tree and bloodied. The boy, Kwame, interrogates Amari about who they are. She tells him the truth, but he doesn’t believe... (full context)
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A young divîner girl named Zu enters. She reprimands Kwame and the others for taking hostages and leaving one of their friends behind. She orders... (full context)
Chapter Forty-Six
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...Kaea after the scroll resurfaced. Because Amari is a noble, Zu distrusts her. Zu calls Kwame back into the tent to start the interrogation in earnest. (full context)
Chapter Forty-Nine
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As Kwame throws questions at Amari, he punches and stabs Tzain. Amari cries, thinking of Binta and... (full context)
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Suddenly, another girl rushes in to tell them the encampment is under attack. After Kwame runs out of the tent, Amari breaks her restraints, thinking she should have fought harder... (full context)
Chapter Fifty
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Inan and Zélie fight amidst the crowd of animations. Kwame runs out of the encampment’s gate, his hands ablaze. He is a Burner, like the... (full context)
Chapter Fifty-Six
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...the scroll’s magic. She pictures Tzain’s fear when she struck him, and her own when Kwame was ignited. (full context)
Chapter Sixty-One
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...searches for Tzain. A guard slashes down the defenseless young boy Zélie danced with earlier. Kwame moves past Zélie and slashes open his own palm—preparing to use blood magic. His body... (full context)
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Because of Kwame’s attack, many divîners escape. Zélie realizes that this violence, this use of magic, is the... (full context)
Chapter Sixty-Three
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For Inan, the feeling of grief is overpowered by fear. He says that Kwame took out three platoons in an instant, confirming the monarchy’s worst fears about magic. Inan... (full context)
Chapter Sixty-Four
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...feel anything. Watching Zélie, Inan thinks of Saran’s refrain: “duty before self.” He thinks of Kwame bursting into flames. He realizes he must prevent destruction at all costs. (full context)