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

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

by Tomi Adeyemi

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ISBN-13: 9781250295446
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Series: Legacy of Orïsha Series , #1
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 2,399
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 tomiadeyemi.com. 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. 76 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!
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.
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.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Eeh, socially contrite and overhyped. Nothing ground breaking imo. Maybe once the author matures her work will reflect that
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 10 days ago
Loved every piece of this book and can't wait for part 2
DeediReads 19 days ago
“On earth, Sky Mother created humans, her children of blood and bone. In the heavens she gave birth to the gods and goddesses. Each would come to embody a different fragment of her soul.” Wow. Wowowow. This is exactly the kind of exciting, beautiful, diverse, badass fantasy novel I want in my life. It kept me humming and hawing about what was going to happen, and the ending was so well done — the perfect amount of excitement, heartbreak, answers, and new mysteries. Zélie is a devîner, aka someone who has the genetics to become a magi. The magi are people who can wield one of the gods’ powers — things like fire, water, healing, and (in Zélie’s mother’s case), death. “Courage does not always roar. Valor does not always shine.” When Zélie was a child, the king severed the magis’ connection to the gods, stopped magic, and executed every single one. He left their children (the devîners) alive. They’re marked by their white hair and treated pretty much like vermin by the rest of the population. One day Zélie is in the capital attempting to sell a valuable fish to pay her family’s bills when Amari, the princess, crashes into her. Amari had stolen a magical scroll from the king — a scroll that has the power to bring back magic. They flee and, joined by Zélie’s brother, begin a journey to restore magic permanently. All the while, they’re being chased by Amari’s brother, Inan. He’s the prince, the captain of the guard … and a new devîner? If you liked Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor, you’ll love this book. (And if you loved this book, you’ll love Who Fears Death.) So much strength, beauty, and power flow through the women at the center of both books. The story really dives into the themes of oppression and discrimination, of course. But I loved the way Adeyemi made the central characters polar opposites in terms of their place in society — devîner vs royal children of the oppressor. It opened up a lot of opportunities to examine the extent to which we can have empathy for one another’s experiences. That worked both ways: Amari and Inan could never understand Zélie and her struggles, but Zélie couldn’t understand them and their struggles, either. This tension was really, really well done. I can’t wait for the next one of these books to come out in a few months.
Anonymous 25 days ago
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Anonymous 3 months ago
I loved every moment of this book. I was invested in the characters and the plot. It’s definitely a great read, and I’m looking forward to book #2 in June!
thebookishpoet 4 months ago
Content Warnings: childhood trauma, war, violence, death, slavery, racism, xenophobia/ic language, attempted rape, torture, self-harm, abusive parents. This book is an incredible debut. I cannot fault it at all. Tomi Adeyemi is amazing at her craft. Adeyemi's debut is true to its name. Children of Blood and Bone is a tangible text. Its world is very much alive as it is a reality that is very much our own.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Excellent recommendation. Not a big reader but couldn’t put this down.
Anonymous 6 months ago
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Anonymous 6 months ago
Fantastic book - can't wait to read more from this author in the future.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Great read
Anonymous 8 months ago
I love this amazing book!
Anonymous 8 months ago
This new word captured me. I can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous 11 months ago
The author did a wonderful job on this book! A true page-turner!! She definitely did our culture proud ??
Anonymous 12 months ago
This book as both an excellent example of young adult fantasy and a commentary of today's social climate. It tells a story of senseless hate, oppression, misunderstanding, ignorance, and shows that even a small group of individuals willing to work together and fight for the right purpose can make all the difference.
Anonymous 12 months ago
I absolutely loved this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.