Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone

by

Tomi Adeyemi

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Majacite Pawn Symbol Analysis

Majacite Pawn Symbol Icon

The pawn, which is a rusted game piece made of majacite, symbolizes Inan’s unwavering loyalty to his father, King Saran, and the way in which this loyalty is harmful to Inan. The game piece is a memory of Inan’s father, and he clings to it in times of stress—ostensibly for comfort, but in reality just to remind himself of all the ways he’s falling short of his father’s plans for him. This self-inflicted emotional torture is mirrored by actual physical pain: because the pawn is made of majacite, it stings Inan’s skin as he begins to develop powers. Being loyal to his father is actually just hurting Inan, both literally and emotionally, and will never provide him with the love and approval he craves. In fact, blind loyalty has caused him to commit violence and suppress his identity as a connector, hurting others as well as himself.

Majacite Pawn Quotes in Children of Blood and Bone

The Children of Blood and Bone quotes below all refer to the symbol of Majacite Pawn. 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:
Prejudice and Inequality Theme Icon
). 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 Forty-Seven Quotes

This pawn was the only piece I managed to salvage. Shame ripples through me as I stare at the tarnished metal. The only gift he’s ever given me, and at its core is hate.

Related Characters: Inan (speaker), Zélie, King Saran
Related Symbols: Majacite Pawn
Page Number: 324
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Majacite Pawn Symbol Timeline in Children of Blood and Bone

The timeline below shows where the symbol Majacite Pawn appears in Children of Blood and Bone. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Twenty-Six
Duty to Family vs. Self Theme Icon
...he fights it back. He must focus on his mission. He looks at the sênet pawn Saran gave him, a reminder to stay focused and kill Zélie. (full context)
Chapter Forty-Seven
Prejudice and Inequality Theme Icon
Duty to Family vs. Self Theme Icon
...Zélie says that he’s causing that very pain by fighting who he is. Even the pawn that he carries as a reminder of his father, King Saran, is inflicting more than... (full context)
Duty to Family vs. Self Theme Icon
Inan remembers how he got the pawn. He and his father, King Saran, used to play sênet every week before the Raid,... (full context)
Prejudice and Inequality Theme Icon
Duty to Family vs. Self Theme Icon
Cycles of Violence Theme Icon
...loyalty to someone who will always hate him for who he is. Inan tosses the pawn aside, realizing Saran’s lies. Though magic is dangerous, the way his father has tried to... (full context)