Winner of the Tonight Show Summer Reads with Jimmy Fallon.
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut Children of Blood and Bone.
They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.
Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled – Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.
Zélie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic – and her growing feelings for an enemy.
The movie of Children of Blood and Bone is in development at Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions with the incredible Karen Rosenfelt and Wyck Godfrey (Twilight, Maze Runner, The Fault In Our Stars) producing it.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The film version of Tomi Adeyemi’s exhilarating and unique YA fantasy is already in development. A few pages into Children of Blood and Bone and you’ll understand why Hollywood were so keen. Adeyemi introduces us to a dark and beguiling world inspired by West Africa where rival clans, all touched by magic and mystical powers, once roamed. An oppressive ruler crushed the tribes, but a young girl is set to rise up and lead a rebellion. Zélie is a wonderful heroine—at once fearless, vulnerable and funny—and at the heart of everything brilliant about this extraordinary book.
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Fantastic. Simply the best
I loved this book and frankly I’m so desperate to find another similar book to fill the void this book has left. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel and I’m hoping it will be as captivating. Also hoping there will be more books to create a series or at least something similar from the same author.
One can only hope, wish and pray.
What an amazing read! So great to see African culture and African heroes in these pages. The story is just amazing, the heroes are so relatable. I grew up in Brazil and our state it’s one with the highest concentration of African Brazilians and I was so happy every time I recognised a word or a name that we speak but don’t know it came from African culture. In Bahia we salute people saying Ashé, and every time a word like that would come up I felt represented. I can’t imagine how people with a stronger connection to the culture will feel when reading this pages. I need the next book.
Thrilling all the way through
A carefully thought out fictional paradise, an amazing read