Legacy of Orïsha #1 Children of Blood and Bone Tomi Adeyemi

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by Tomi Adeyemi
Legacy of Orïsha #1 Children of Blood and Bone  Tomi AdeyemiChildren of Blood and Bone Series: Legacy of Orisha #1
Published by Henry Holt and Company (BYR) on March 6, 2018
Genres: Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult Fiction / Action & Adventure / General, Young Adult Fiction / Diversity & Multicultural, Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Epic, Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / General, Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism
Pages: 531
Find the Author: Website, Goodreads, Amazon

An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller
A TIME Top 100 Fantasy Books of All Time
A New York Times Notable Children's Book
A Kirkus Prize Finalist

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.

Praise for Children of Blood and Bone

"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 the year.” Teen Vogue

This title has Common Core connections.


The Complete Legacy of Orïsha Series:

Children of Blood and Bone
(Book 1)
Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Book 2)
Children of Anguish and Anarchy (Book 3)

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Children of Blood and Bone is violent, brutal, magical, and spellbinding – a fantastic debut. They blend West African folklore with Fantasy and inspiration drawn from the modern world events.
Following two sets of siblings – on the one hand, Zélie and Tzain, whose Mother was part of a tribe of Maji, who have been enslaved by the monarchy after magic disappeared suddenly (now called diviners) and are now treated like scum. On the other hand, it also follows Amari and Inan, the prince and princess of their kingdom or Orïsha. When an artifact that could bring magic back to Orïsha is discovered, all their lives are turned upside-down, causing the characters to literally and figuratively go on journeys.
Especially pronounced is Zélie’s discovery of herself and her power and Amari’s breaking free of the role her family has set for her – both representing powerful female characters.


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 tomiadeyemi.com. Her website has been named one of the 101 best websites for writers by Writer’s Digest.

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