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2018 Kirkus Prize Finalist
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With five starred reviews, Tomi Adeyemi’s West African-inspired fantasy debut, and instant #1 New York Times Bestseller, conjures a world of magic and danger, 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.
"A phenomenon." —Entertainment Weekly
“The epic I’ve been waiting for.” —New York Times-bestselling author Marie Lu
“You will be changed. You will be ready to rise up and reclaim your own magic!” —New York Times-bestselling author Dhonielle Clayton
“The next big thing in literature and film.” —Ebony
“One of the biggest young adult fiction debut book deals of theyear.” —Teen Vogue
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#1 New York Times bestseller, March 14, 2018
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Set in a fictional West African kingdom, this action-packed adventure celebrates warrior girls, unbreakable family bonds, and the transformative power of ritual. Nigerian-American author Tomi Adeyemi is a gifted, inventive storyteller whose keen eye for quirks and details makes for truly unforgettable characters. Her gripping fantasy debut will thrill fans of books like The Hunger Games, but its elegance and creativity land it in a league of its own.
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This book is everything that Fantasy should b. It makes you think about the world around you and makes you tack stock of what really matters in your life. I hope that people see this book for what it is. Hope.
Good book, would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a great time and feel where the author is coming from especially if your a person of color and need a story about us
CAN’T PUT CBB DOWN!!!
My Naija sister did welll!!!
I’ve been obsessed with this book ever since I started it and it’s my one of my favorites. And since this is a West African Fantasy it’s great because we don’t get a lot of books that represent us blacks. And I love how Tomi Adeyemi put still put traditional African things in there mixed with magic. I’m so glad I got this and if you love fantasy you’re gonna live this!!! 🇳🇬💜💜💜