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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Overview

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: 9781250214720
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 11/23/2018
Series: Legacy of Orïsha Series , #1
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.00(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 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 87 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.
alyzzp 7 months ago
Children of Blood and Bone is a lot like a salad: they're combinations of random fruits/vegetables/plot devices/cliches that come together to form a whole. Some salads taste great, but then you have your broccoli-and-Nutella salad that's made up of pure blurg. This book is that salad. While there are great things in it, like, for example, the boat scene, the rest is a mishmash of tired cliches and overused tropes that authors think are timeless but have been, in fact, worn to a frazzle. Now, don't get me wrong. It's okay to use tropes in your writing. But for heaven's sake, mix it up a little. Enemies-to-lovers? As much as I hate it, that's fine to utilize as long as you do something other writers haven't done with it. That, in my opinion, is Children of Blood and Bone's biggest problem: It's overstrewn with tropes that the author uses the beta version of. Creativity? Nada. Plot complexity and unpredictability? Look somewhere else. In short, this book brings nothing new to the table called YA fantasy.
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 16 days ago
Entertaining the entire way through the book.
Anonymous 3 months ago
The+characters+draw+you+in+immediately.++%0ATheir+adventures+and+alliances+are+charged+with+action%2C+emotion+and+magic.++What+you+think+you+believe+can+change+in+the+turn+of+a+page.++looking+forward+to+book+%232.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Amazing! You will not regret reading this book!
Anonymous 7 months ago
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Anonymous 7 months ago
One of the best books i have read in a long time
Anonymous 11 months ago
This book is fantastic!
Anonymous 11 months ago
surprisingly++deep+and+holds+a+lot+of+oain..but+it%27s+worth+it
Anonymous 11 months ago
great+read.++intoxicating++and+deep+characters+.+couldn%27t++put++it++down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this+story+is+beautiful%2C+heartwrenching%2C+action+pack+and+just+amazing.+cant+wait+for+the+next+installment.+
Tabitha Tomala More than 1 year ago
An intense and violent novel, that reflects the horrors of genocide and how ignorance bred from fear can devastate a nation. Zelie lives in constant fear. As a child she watched as her mother was brutally beaten and killed during The Raid, a mass genocide orchestrated by the King. Now as a young adult, her family is still spat on and overtaxed by the monarchies guards, all because of her heritage. Zelie's mother was a Reaper, a maji able to communicate and work with the souls of the dead. During The Raid, the King eradicated all maji able to channel the power of the gods, and severed their connection to magic. But Zelie's hair is pure white, a sure sign that if magic ever returned, she too would be able to harness the power of the gods. Because of this, she and the diviners that are left are treated like objects. But the gods have other plans, and Zelie is about to be thrown into the last desperate struggle for magic. Despite growing up as royalty, Princess Amari has never seen the diviners as less than human. Her oldest friend and chambermaid Binta, is one such diviner. But when the King comes into possession of a maji artifact, one that can awaken magic, Amari will witness her father's cruelty. Horrified at his actions, Amari will escape the palace with the artifact and come face to face with Zelie. Young and naïve, Amari will have to come to terms with her actions and become the Queen she never thought she could be. Beaten down both verbally and physically, Prince Inan is being groomed for succession. Taught to hold the safety of Orisha over his own desires, the King has also instilled in Inan the need to keep a strangle hold on magic. When Amari runs off with an artifact that could bring back magic, he must track down his own sister. But will duty force him to slaughter his own kin? Conflicted, broken, Inan will struggle with his mission and the deadly secret he harbors. A secret he is only just learning himself. Together, this cast of characters will either bring hope and magic back to the world, or destroy an entire culture and race. This was a fast paced adventure, where the characters are forced to come to terms with their imperfections. I enjoyed the depth of character development and watching each of them struggle with their inner demons. Creating three complex characters is no easy feat, especially with the depth of world building Tomi Adeyemi had to do as well. Poverty and oppression are brought to life throughout the novel. Your heart will ache as you watch the brutality and injustices inflicted on the diviners. And it is a harsh reflection of the actual world's police brutality against innocents. You will see a rich culture come near extinction, and cry out for its salvation. The only reason I did not give this a five-star rating was the fact I would not allow my teenager to read this novel. It is filled with genocide, attempted rape and violence. Adults would connect better with the concepts, and be able to understand the politics governing the actions of the characters, yet it was marketed to young adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved every piece of this book and can't wait for part 2
DeediReads More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
This+book+shows+the+horror+and+inhumanity+of+prejudice+and+fear+of+%22the+other.+%22The+history+of+Orisha+is+dark+and+violent.+But+as+with+our+world+today%2C+there+is+hope+in+the+courage+of+individuals+determined+to+do+the+right+thing+and+heal+a+broken+society.%0AYoung+men+and+women+grow+and+learn+who+they+are%2C+fighting+for+justice.+This+is+a+gripping+story%2C+with+humor+and+heart%2C+and+I%27m+so+looking+forward+to+the+next+book.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
Excellent recommendation. Not a big reader but couldn’t put this down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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