Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone

by Tomi Adeyemi
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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir.

They killed my mother.

They took our magic.

They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were 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 an enemy.

“The next big thing in literature and film.”Ebony

“One of the biggest young adult fiction debut book deals of the year. Aside from a compelling plot and a strong-willed heroine as the protagonist, the book deals with larger themes, like race and power, that are being discussed in real time.”Teen Vogue

“A remarkable achievement.”Campus Lately

“Tomi Adeyemi is about to take both the literature and film world by storm.”Jet

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250170972
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Series: OrÏsha Legacy Series , #1
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 16
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About 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 studied West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. Visit her at Follow her @tomi_adeyemi

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Children of Blood and Bone (B&N Exclusive Edition) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
StepIntoABookWorld 17 days ago
This book has become one of my must reads in 2018. It was truly a breath of fresh air and a inspiring novel that I look forward to reading. Children of Blood and Bone tackles real-life issues that have become more concerning in the recent years around the world, such as racism, color, and the violence others do to people born from different nationalities around the world. The main character of this story is shoved in this becoming label and defined by others base on her heritage and the way she looks. Can't wait to read more! Plot: Children of Blood and Bone tackles real-life issues that have become more concerning in the recent years around the world, such as racism, color, and the violence others do to people born from different nationalities around the world. The main character of this story is shoved in this horrible label and defined by others base on her heritage and the way she looks. The story is centered around by the Magji who are born of white hair and were gifted different kinds magic by the gods such as fire, water, mind-reading, ability to summon light and darkness, diseases, raising dead spirits, and so many more. The once great Magji have become nothing but dirt beneath the Kings foot ever since magic has left the world. The question is how long you can beat someone down before they finally decide it’s time to rise! Writing Style/ World-Building Tomi Adeyemi’s writing style is unlike anything I have ever read. It has the power to pull you into the story in a detailed world and make you feel the struggle of the characters. You can feel the character’s drive, passion, and sorrow leak off of the pages. This world was rich in details and history of the world that this story takes place. The details and vast world she has created is unlike anything I have ever experienced. There was so much of this world shown and was done in a way that didn’t overload your brain. She put so much thought into each city, clan, gods, and magic that you are sucked into this world. Honestly perfection isn’t a strong enough word! Characters What I loved about this book is we get different perceptive of each character. We get to see how they struggle and fight to find where they stand in the world full of hate and oppression. There was so much character development that was involved that you will fall in love with each character. The way that each character slowly changes over the course of the book made me connect to them and feel their drive and passion. One of main character Zélie is a strong-willed trained fighter who is full of passion, fire, and hope. Zélie is a descendant of the Magji . Zélie’s people are forces to obey the man who conquered their tribe and murder those they loved. They are thought of as only maggots and treated as dirt because of the color of their skin and color of their hair. Zélie’s hate for those who have enslaved her people and killed her mother is the drive of this story. Her fire and strength to fight for those who she loves and those that can’t defend their selves is so empowering. When she gets knocked down it makes her willing and strength grow. Final Thoughts This book is a must read book that has the power to change your whole life. Trust me when I say this you need this book in your life. Everything about this book has buried itself into my heart forever and became my favorite book. I literally couldn’t put this book down, in fact I was walking though my house reading it when I had to do something.
Anonymous 10 hours ago
I couldn't put this book down. It was magical and beautiful and powerful and heartbreaking and unexpected . This doesn't go the expected route. I don't have enough words to do this justice.
Kamarylyn 20 hours ago
So beautifully written, and I love the characters! I usually don't finish books because I get bored and easily distracted! But this story has kept me hooked the whole time!!
Anonymous 1 days ago
Wonderfully written so many emotions...I loved it.
TheLiteraryPhoenix 6 days ago
I finished this book Friday morning, and I am still struggling to find the words for it. I want to babble about how good it is - how I loved the rich descriptions of the temple and how that beautiful scene with Zélie and Anari on the ship was everything and... okay guys, this is going to be another list of brilliant things. 1. Each and every character in this story was well-written, well-motivated, and I loved them all. Zélie with her rash decisions and temper. Anari with her sweetness and courage. Zane with his fierce protectiveness and big heart. Inan with his inner struggles and determination. Those are just the main four characters, but there was something to love in everyone. Even the villains. 2. This is honestly one of the best developed fantasy worlds I've ever read. I will praise anyone's world building that draws me in, but Adeyemi's wrapped me up like Tamora Pierce. Her cities and landscaping is beautiful and treacherous. Her magical system is well and subtly explained and I loved it. Her pantheon is great. It's one of those novels where you know every single word was carefully chosen. 3. This novel was high action, but not exhausting. In a lot of young adult novels, you'll find that its either ALL action or nothing. ALL romance, or nothing. Tomi weaves her story so expertly that as a reader, you are bruh up and down like a boat bobbing on the ocean. The true action scenes, the battles, are written incredibly well. They wrap your up until you are so invested, until your heart is beating so fast, that you feel like you are actually there. 4. I adored that the villain was three-dimensional. It's far too easy to create a flat villain, but Saran is the type of character you can empathize with. His backstory is so important to his choices and you hate him with every fiber of your being but you still find yourself sorry for his pain. You still want him destroyed, no question, but he is a full and round person. 5. The racial message in this book is so important. Tomi Adeyemi says it better in her author's note, but there are things that happen in this book that will enrage you. And they are so, so horrible. But they are a reflection on our world and a cry to us all to be better. To care more, to understand more. To be more like Anari. I don't want to spoil too much, but this book is very timely and the parallels to our own world are quite clear. 6. The ending left me needing more. Not just wanting more - needing it. I have such a distinct image in my mind of the expression on Anari's face at the end and basically the end credits rolling and I need a release date for book 2 so I can preorder. There were so many individual scenes that left me screaming for more. Anari becoming the Lioner. Zu. Zane rescuing Zélie early in the novel. Inan's constant struggle. What happened with Kaia. When Anari and Saran's eyes meet. Moments. The moments in this book are so potent, they will steal your breath. I am so blown away by the story. The diversity in it is amazing and the maji and I just... I can't express anything more. Honestly. I am a colorful ball of happy feelings and a desire to read more. I used my Audible credit for this audiobook and I COMPLETELY recommend the audiobook. This book filled me up with its passion and dreams and richness that I feel like I need a couple days to wind down because while it is so fresh in my mind, everything will be inferior.
Anonymous 7 days ago
JMatBookFreakRevelations 7 days ago
“Children of Blood and Bone, as promised by lots of early praises and reviews, is a heart-stopping debut that’s tremendously gripping and enjoyable to read. It’s got a lush world-building, a fast-paced plot, and a very impressive writing style which will all contribute to give readers a once-in-a-lifetime reading experience that they won’t be forgetting about anytime soon. From page one, Tomi Adeyemi had me undeniably obsessed with her debut, as I’m sure you will be too, and I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on it’s sequel. As for those who haven’t read it yet, get ready for a life-changing, roller coaster ride. I can’t wait for you to meet Zélie Adebola.”
Anonymous 9 days ago
Thank you thank you thank. Please let it more. Black girls need this!
Anonymous 10 days ago
I liked it im definitely getting the next book. I just hate cliff hangers what happened to Inan... don't really like him that much but I am curious and what's up with zelie and roen way better couple in my mind
DownrightBookish 11 days ago
Who can resist the premise of this book? A West Africa-inspired fantasy world with gods and goddesses and dark magic. I knew right away that I was going to like this book, but I had no idea how much I was going love it! Children of Blood and Bone follows Zélie who has a chance to bring magic back to her world along with her brother and the OrÏsha princess. I think Tomi does a great job developing her characters through complex motives. I loved all the characters, even the ones we’re supposed to hate. Each of the characters grows and develops and their actions help drive the plot in unexpected places. The ending was amazing because it wasn’t what it predicted, but it also adds a complexity to the plot that makes me excited for the next book in the series. When I started this book, I thought I knew exactly how it was going to end, but Tomi does a great job of playing with your expectations and creating cool twists and turns throughout the plot. I often find that in YA there’s not a lot at stake, but as the Children of Blood and Bone progresses, I really worried for the main characters' lives and whether they would make it out okay. This story is just so magical and inspiring, and I took my time reading it because I didn’t want to story to end. The only problem I had with this book was Zélie’s romantic relationship. It was a hate to love relationship, which is one of my favorite types of romance, but I felt the transition between hate and love happened too quickly, especially considering how much the two hated each other. Besides that, I thought the book was amazing, and I can’t wait to see what Tomi writes next in the second book.
Anonymous 16 days ago