Children of Blood and Bone (B&N Exclusive Edition) (OrÏsha Legacy Series #1)

Children of Blood and Bone (B&N Exclusive Edition) (OrÏsha Legacy Series #1)

by Tomi Adeyemi

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Children of Blood and Bone (B&N Exclusive Edition) (OrÏsha Legacy Series #1) by Tomi Adeyemi

The B&N Exclusive Edition includes six pages of handwritten, behind-the-scenes material plus a map of Lagos, the capital city of Orïsha. The city map shows the Royal Palace, the marketplace, and the diviner slums that ring the marketplace.

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: 9781250295446
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Series: OrÏsha Legacy Series , #1
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 296
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.90(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) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMGoodness! This book is everything! Thank you! How soon until part 2 emerges on the scene! Can mot wait!
LRBauer More than 1 year ago
Take all the hype about this book and multiply it by 1,000% because that's how much I enjoyed this book! The characters are wonderfully complex with well developed motivations and growth; I absolutely fell in love with Zelie and Amari. Adeyemi made my heart wrench so many times as I was reading. The entire book gave off an Avatar the Last Airbender (TV show, not movie) vibe that I loved. If you liked the movie Black Panther, you'll like this book. If you enjoy teens taking on a corrupt government, you'll devour this book. With a plot full of twists and turns, and a world brimming with cool magic like Reapers, Connectors, Burners, etc., Children of Blood and Bone has everything I love about YA Fantasy.
StepIntoABookWorld More than 1 year 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 9 months ago
This is a great read all the way to the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved how the author described everything, and all of the twists and turns that the plot makes. Anyone who really enjoyed Percy Jackson, or the Serpents Secret will be immediately entranced. This book makes the one who reads it stronger, more capable and prepared for life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bring on part 2 I'm ready
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story about enemies that became friends then family. Filled with love, hate and damn right betrail in a beautiful fantasy land. You never know who you will need in your life. So many twists and turns. Great great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable read, I'm excited to see what the next book will contain, loved the painful surprise twist, the author does a wonderful job building the characters personalities and developing their relationships throughout the whole book. I would suggest this to anyone for reading!
Anonymous 8 days ago
This book is amazing, I don't know if I can wait until next year for part 2! The imagery is beautiful, the characters are so vivid--the world of the book is nothing I've seen before. I can't wait to see more from Tomi!
Anonymous 9 days ago
I couldn't put the book down. I never wanted the book to end. I felt myself stopping at every chapter, so that I didn't finish the novel too quickly. But, I just couldn't help myself but to keep reading. The writing is magnificent. Anything this author writes I will be reading from now on. I love the Subliminals that she used because they touched my soul. It makes me want more for myself and for my people.
jkholmes 12 days ago
Toni Adeyemi's debut novel burst onto the book scene in March 2018, and has been going strong ever since. Initially I bought the hardcover version of the book for the cover, which is awesome! Then I got excited because of all the buzz I kept hearing about it so I had to start reading it. I loved Adeyemi's writing, and the voice she gave Zelie was that of a strong, independent young woman who wasn't going to let anyone or anything stand in her way. Another aspect I loved about Children of Blood and Bone was the unique magical system based on traditional West African religious beliefs and mythology. Outside of L.A. Banks's Neteru series have I encountered such an original spin on magic and the consequences for those who wield it. As Zelie's world unfolded upon the pages, I was enthralled. I loved her spirit. I loved the action packed onto the page. I loved the attention to detail in the world building. I was feeling really good about the book. Then I had some personal setbacks, and I had to set the book aside for a time, but I kept thinking about it. Eventually, I did return to Zelie's story but in the form of an audio book. The excellent narrator for the book added another layer to the story, and I remembered why I loved Zelie. But then something happened about midway through the book. I'm not certain what happened, why, or how, but Zelie lost her luster. The spirit I loved in her started to slowly die. Even though she remained active and determined to free her people from the oppressive state in which they lived, her spark diminished as other characters began to share more of the page until by the end of the story I was in a serious state of dislike for Zelie. Yes, there are some heavy themes throughout the book--most notably the treatment of minorities by the supposed majority and the unfairness of such a brutal system. I'm not unsympathetic to the real-world equivalents, and I know from experience that when a person is constantly belittled and berated that it takes a toll on the mind, body, and spirit. However, I felt that the drastic cooling of Zelie's inner fire--the very thing that made me admire and love her--perhaps went a little too far. I'm still on the fence as to whether I'll continue with the series for this reason. As the time draws closer for the second book to launch, perhaps I'll re-read Children of Blood and Bone and I'll feel differently. For now, I can say that, overall, I did enjoy the book, and I think Adeyemi has a bright future ahead of her. The second book in the Legacy of Orisha series, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, will be published in March 2019.
Anonymous 20 days ago
Excellent read. Patiently waiting for the sequel.
Anonymous 24 days ago
Love it all. Couldn't put it down. Hope there is more to come
Anonymous 26 days ago
I was captivated from the very beginning. So caught up in the language, absorbing all the details and learning the characters. By chapter 4 i wanted to be a Maji. I love all the characters firstly Zel, though she worked my last nerve being so headstrong lol. I also love Mama though we never really meet her and Amari. I plowed through this book like a ravenous animal and it was a feast indeed. Job well done queen!
Anonymous 27 days ago
A great book with greak character development. Im excited to get my hands on the next book in this series.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Enjoyed reading a different kind of story
Anonymous 3 months ago
A real page turner!
Anonymous 4 months ago
Loved it, you need to set aside some time to get lost in these characters it will be worth it!
Anonymous 4 months ago
Great read
caitlinwhetten 5 months ago
Probably top of my list for Favorite Books of 2018. If you’re a fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender or the Zutara ship or the Reylo ship, this is the book for you. I really liked almost everything about this book. I love the setting – I really love African fantasies and I hope we get more of them In YA now. The world feels expansive and I love the different kinds of magic, especially the death magic. I really like these characters and the arcs they go through during the book. They’ve experienced a lot and it really shows in their relationships and their inner monologue. The plot is a pretty standard race-against-time plot, but it’s easy to read and easy to follow. I’d rather have a simple plot than an overly complicated one. AND THE THEMES! This book discusses racism, oppression and power through a fantasy world in such a great way and with the cliffhanger, I’m excited to see where she takes the story. I didn’t like how Inan and Zelie’s relationship went from hate to love so fast. The same goes for Tzain and Amari. These two have grown up hating the other’s tribe their entire lives and within a few days, he’s bridal-carrying her and they’re kissing and declaring their love for each other. I really liked their angsty dynamic and I wish that would have simmered throughout this book and then gradually got to that point over the course of the series. It’s too much too fast and it undermined the themes of the novel. But I really enjoyed reading this book and I will definitely be continuing the series. It’s a really strong debut in the YA fantasy genre.
ahyperboliclife 5 months ago
“We are all children of blood and bone. All instruments of vengeance and virtue.” So I can definitely see what all the hype is about because Children of Blood and Bone is a fantastically captivating read that I couldn’t put down. In the land of Orïsha, magic had been lost since the King executed the Raid that decimated the maji population and severed the magical connection with the gods. But Zélie Adebola remembers and is determined to bring magic back. With her brother and an unexpected ally, Zélie must fight for not only herself, but her people, in this action-packed addicting story. Things I Like I immediately fell in love with Zélie. I found her to be headstrong, determined, and she had such strong conviction and beliefs that I felt like I really got to know her. She was also a little impulsive at times and stubborn, but they were genuine flaws that made her seem all the more real. Orïsha is such a complex and rich world that I was drawn in completely. I loved getting to know about their history - the king’s relationship with magic, the Raids, the religious ties to magic. And I loved the oral history bit from Mama Agba in the beginning. It was all so interesting and created this lush world. I also LOVED the Magic System. It was cool to see the different clans represented and how they relate to their god. Throughout the entire story there’s this big focus on the importance of family that I really loved. Zélie’s mom is her biggest source of inspiration and everything she does she’s trying to honor her memory. Zélie and Tzain have a wonderfully complex and loving sibling relationship, while Amari and Inan’s is more cold and distant. Even seeing how Amari, Inan, and the King interact was interesting and important. Each relationship was unique and really highlighted the characters themselves, which I appreciated. Things I Didn’t Like I actually kinda liked Inan as a villain and seeing how his inner conflict and self hatred influenced his actions, but he was so wishy-washy and indecisive. I wanted more from him because he started to feel much more weak after flipping back and forth so many times. I really thought the romance in the story was unnecessary. It was rushed and didn’t uplift either character and I didn’t really care for it. I thought that the scene at the diviner camp was again a bit rushed. Everything happened so quickly that it didn’t really feel organic. My minor complaints could in no way taint my joy at reading this story. It really captured me in a way that few books have this year. The magic, the world, the characters all felt so inviting and real that I couldn’t put this book down. Children of Blood and Bone is a story that highlights family and fighting for your right to not only survive, but to simply exist. I can’t wait to see what’s next in this action-packed story.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I fell in love with the characters. The persistence...the courage. This book has a great message of fighting though the pain.
Anonymous 5 months ago
The first time I read this book I blew through it and afterwards felt as though I missed a few things, so I decided to go back and read it again and take my time. And boy did I miss a lot. Adeyemi creates two strong female characters Zelie and Amari and I love them both. Granted at times they both got on my nerves. I loved how Adeyemi had a "character" reversal. In the beginning Zelie is strong and outspoken while Amari is meek and soft spoken; then after Zelie's torture Amari's strength really starts to shine through and Zelie becomes meek and soft spoken. The reader still sees Zelie's strength, but she is definitely not as forceful as she was. Now let me talk about Inan for a moment. I sooo wanted to punch him in the throat. He got on my nerves. Prince Inan (say that sarcastically). He discovers that he is maji, but is afraid of it because of what his father, King Saran, has said about the maji. He carries this pawn around that came from a game he and his father used to play. And I kept thinking, "when is he going to let this dang thing go?" To me it was a symbol that his father is using him to further his agenda, which is true. Although he was on a quest to find his sister, Amari, and bring her home he was also on a quest to find Zelie and . . . Kill her. Kill magic. I love Adeyemi's descriptions. They are vivid and really pull you in - makes you feel like you're there. One of my favorite descriptions is of the Gombe River Valley. After the six days traveling through the hell of the desert, the lush forests of the Gombe River Valley are a welcome sight. The hilly land breathes with life, filled with trees so wide one trunk could fit an entire ahere. We weave in and out of the towering giants, moonlight spilling through their leaves as we travel toward a winding river. It's quiet roar hits my ears like a song, soft like the crash of ocean waves. At the outset of the novel I was intrigued. Bisi one of Mama Agba's students asks: "Why do they hate us?" And Mama Agba's reply was. . . They hate what you were meant to become. I thought about that and thought that no truer statement could have been made. People don't like you or they hate you for all sorts of reasons. Some of them valid, but most often they aren't. Most of the time the reason someone is not liked is based on ignorance, fear and/or misunderstanding. And the reality is just because someone doesn't like you doesn't mean you should stop being the best you you can be. And I'm done. Off my high horse I get.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I'm just disappointed that I have to wait until March 2019 for the 2nd book! I have basically read non stop to finish this book. Great characters and a wonderful storyline.
headinthebooks 7 months ago
This is by far the BEST book I have ever read. It touched me on an entirely different level like no book ever has. This book will get your heart racing and your emotions involved as if its happening to you. I only put the book down when I didn't want it to end. I can not wait for the next book and the movies omg!If you haven't read this book, you are truly missing out. BEST. BOOK. EVER!!!!