Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi AdeyemiChildren of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1) by Tomi Adeyemi
ISBN: 1250170974
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Published by Henry Holt Company on March 6, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 544
Format: eBook

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.


Mind-numbing; heart racing, reality-defying… Not for the faint of heart’

_ Benson Ekpo (@ReadWithEkpo,

Everyone talked about it, even friends I know who have signed a special deal with the devil to never open a book clamored on me to read this piece. I hesitated. Then it went viral on social media; my Instagram feed became clogged with stunning photos of the book cover. I skipped reading anything about this book, not even the blurb. I assumed it’ll just be another over-hyped story from some wanna be Nigerian author.

Friends, families, and bookish enthusiasts from all round mentioned and tagged me in post. Asking me to review Children of Blood & Bone. I stilled myself.

“It’s not worth it, no need to get disappointed.” I assured my self.

Somehow (believe me, I’m not sure how it’s even happened) this masterpiece slithered its way into my e-library. For weeks I skipped over it, never paying it even single attention…. Until last night, the unthinkable happened. I opened the first page, read the first word and instantaneously, I was zapped into a bookish ether like none before.

“No way… impossible… It can’t be… Doesn’t make any sense… oh it makes a lot of sense… I am in love… WHAT TOOK ME SO LONG?”

Words like these bounced as my fragile heart rushed to catch up to the frenzy of the world Tomi Adeyemi created. Halfway through; I felt as if I was going to read my way into an undesirable situation.

” I should stop… I should sleep… I’ve got training by 5 am” But my mind refused to heed these words.

My eyes reflect the glowing screen of the mobile phone. My thumb swipes the screen in endless favor. I pray it never ends. Tomi didn’t just create another fantasy book perfect for summer reading, no… she created a weapon targeted at inequalities. She gave me back the stories of my childhood, she took the lands I’ve personally walked on – Lagos, Warri, Ibeji, Illorin and crafted them into a path to freedom. Tomi gave my mythologies a modern face… something I could Identify with.

Children of Blood and Bone is one complete package. Tomi didn’t spare one of her characters, she developed them in the most beautiful yet gut wracking fashion. She made it impossible not to fall in love with Orisha (how could you not?) Zélie captivates you with her strength and resolve. She’s the hero who is also just a girl. Tzain causes your heart to bleed, his dedication to family is so African – so Nigerian it left me thinking about me. Inan shatters your very core in a million pieces. The inner battles and demons this young prince battled with caused me so much joy and grief. Then there’s Amari, the fierce Lionaire. She taught me what facing you’re fears could actually mean and how to raise from the bottom like a phoenix.

Even as I type, my fingers ache to give some sneak peeks, but I know I risk spoiling the experience for you if I attempt to go any further.

Adeyemi has forever cemented a special place in my heart. Thank you for giving me this experience, while I’m yet to receive any news, I’m already counting down to the chart-topping sequel I hope will be dropping very soon.


About Tomi Adeyemi

Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. Her debut novel, CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE, comes out March 6th, 2018 and the movie is currently in development at Fox with the producers of Twilight and The Maze Runner attached. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she received a fellowship that allowed her to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. When she’s not working on her novels or watching Scandal, she can be found blogging and teaching creative writing to her 3,500 subscribers at Her website has been named one of the 101 best websites for writers by Writer’s Digest.

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