Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. 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 an enemy.
WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING
The next big thing in YA
Children of Blood and Bone, a debut YA novel from Nigerian-American writer Tomi Adeyemi, is widely expected to be the next great YA franchise. It’s the first in a planned trilogy, and reportedly earned one of the biggest advances in YA history. A movie deal is already in place. Expectations, in other words, are high.Does Children of Blood and Bone live up to the hype? Maybe not quite — few things could! — but with its propulsive pacing and richly imagined world, it comes pretty close.RatingPerhaps the best way to describe it is as... READ MORE
A Feast For Hungry Readers
Children of Blood and Bone is a fast-paced, excellently crafted hero's journey in a fantasy nation that is informed by African mythology (specifically West African, in the case of the book) and populated with compelling and nuanced black characters. The world is hungry for this, and Tomi Adeyemi delivers a worthy feast. Fantasy novels are so often about a quest to overthrow evil — in Children of Blood and Bone, that evil is the oppression of a people based on the fear of their differences. Adeyemi doesn't shy away from the violence that oppression creates. We see the... READ MORE
a YA fantasy inspired by west Africa
Children of Blood and Bone is Nigerian American author Tomi Adeyemi’s YA debut, and comes with sufficient noise to raise expectations sky high: a six-figure advance, movie rights sold to Fox 2000, rapturous first look reviews. It does not disappoint.Rather than subverting them, Adeyemi revels in fantasy tropes, giving us princesses, family betrayals, power struggles and an epic world with a new system of magic to explore and enjoy. But it is the vibrantly drawn, west African-inspired setting that makes this unlike any fantasy readers will have encountered before.... READ MORE
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MEET THE AUTHOR
Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she received a fellowship that allowed her to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. When she’s not working on her novels or watching Scandal, she can be found blogging and teaching creative writing to her 4,500 subscribers at tomiadeyemi.com. Her website has been named one of the 101 best websites for writers by Writer’s Digest.Her debut West African YA Fantasy novel is CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE (Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan).
IN THE NEWS
Children of Blood and Bone was published in March of 2018 and the film rights were sold before the book even hit shelves. THR reports that Dope helmer Rick Famuyiwa will be stepping into the director’s chair for Children of Blood and Bone. Temple Hill, the production company responsible for Love, Simon and The Maze Runner trilogy will produce a script written by Mary Poppins Returns screenwriter David Magee.
The second installment, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, is set for release this December 3rd. Tomi Adeyemi revealed the stunning cover for forthcoming book, with art by Sarah Jones and design by Mallory Grigg. The second novel in Adeyemi’s Legacy of Orïsha trilogy, expands on the themes presented in the first book.
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