Children of Blood and Bone (B&N Exclusive Edition) (OrÏsha Legacy Series #1)

Children of Blood and Bone (B&N Exclusive Edition) (OrÏsha Legacy Series #1)

by Tomi Adeyemi
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Children of Blood and Bone (B&N Exclusive Edition) (OrÏsha Legacy Series #1) by Tomi Adeyemi

The B&N Exclusive Edition includes six pages of handwritten, behind-the-scenes material plus a map of Lagos, the capital city of Orïsha. The city map shows the Royal Palace, the marketplace, and the diviner slums that ring the marketplace.

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: 9781250295446
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Series: OrÏsha Legacy Series , #1
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.90(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 Follow her @tomi_adeyemi

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Children of Blood and Bone (B&N Exclusive Edition) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
LRBauer 20 days 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.
Anonymous 22 days ago
OMGoodness! This book is everything! Thank you! How soon until part 2 emerges on the scene! Can mot wait!
StepIntoABookWorld 4 months 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.
Anonymous 9 days 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 9 days ago
The story kept building gradually then took off at a can't put it down pace.
Brianna Lewis 9 days ago
I tore through this book like Zelie tears through her meals! This book was amazing and it definitely reminded me of multiple other best sellers; in its own way, of course. I loved watching each character grow throughout the book, especially Inan (my favorite).
Anonymous 11 days ago
Raine23611 12 days ago
Amazing on so many levels. It's not hard to see why this story resonates with so many. Tomi Adeyemi has told an amazing tale of not just magic, but magical lands and magical people. Her attention to detail and ability to create a complete and tangible world are just-WOW. That's all I can say. Wishing I had another 525 pages to delve into...
Mel-Loves-Books 13 days ago
“We are all children of blood and bone. All instruments of vengeance and virtue.” The Children of Blood and Bone rocked me to my core. It was a very fast paced and intense read with lots of depth. The characters are all interesting and flawed but powerful. So much about the story is indescribable to me, but I recommend that everyone should read it. It is set in a world that has lost its magic, and through a set of unusual circumstances a set of teens are given the opportunity to go on a dangerous journey to bring the magic and the balance back. It is a story that involves overcoming prejudices and seeing beyond the way a person looks or what family they are from. It is seriously a book that anyone 14 or older could and I would say should read. I had chills while reading this and after finishing the last page I sat with tears running down my face but so touched by all that had happened. Then after recovering a bit, I read the Author’s Note at the end and had chills and tears all over again. I am very much now in love with this author. I would give this book a million stars if I could. Just please read this book. I am saying that as a friend.
TheThoughtSpot 16 days ago
Thanks to NetGalley and MacMillan Children’s Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi! Females, young and old, train together to learn to be strong, independent and to gain self-defense skills. This training is hidden from the rest of the kingdom because they would be in trouble and danger if anyone else found out they are more than timid servants. These women lost loved ones in a horrific act of violence against their community and have been training ever since. Zelie is a part of this group and when she was five she watched her mother being dragged away and then hung. Amari is an unhappy princess who escapes and inadvertently ends up with Zelie and her family. They run from Prince Inan, Amari’s brother, as he struggles with his internal conflict of whether or not magic is good or evil. During this time, Zelie’s magic grows and she works at controlling her powers. As Zelie, her brother Tzain and Amari learn to trust each other and work together, they encounter horrific dangers as they continue their quest for the artifacts-the scroll, sunstone and the bone dagger. With these artifacts, magic can be restored. Some romance and humor lighten the dark world that Zelie lives in and both of these help her conquer the evil and pain that drags her under. The impressive storyline, immaculate world building and strong, dynamic characters make Children of Blood and Bone an intense fantasy read worth 5 stars! * I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration.
Nadia_Hassan 16 days ago
I don't know how to express myself right now. This book emotionally drained me, and I'm completely mentally exhausted from it. That ending, I don't know what to say, I screamed literally screamed NO! when just finished it. I don't know what to do with my life right now I feel lost. The stories is amazing, relatable, authentic, incredibly beautiful and heartbreaking. This is definitely a must read. I love the narrator, she did an amazing job with narrating from an African accent and keeping true to the story and the authenticity. I cannot recommend this book enough, despite the fact I am so mad right now, I so need the next book, like yesterday, lol.
redjewel7734 25 days ago
This was just so wow...I don’t know if I can put into words how powerful this story is & how much I need the next book in this series ASAP. Adeyemi so beautifully addresses so many issues that are forefront today. I love the heroines & heroes, but let’s face it, their story is not one we want to be ours-none of us want to go thru what Zelie has & does, even as we want to have her fire, strength, & integrity. I also appreciated how aware Adeyemi made me of my place in this story. As a very white, privileged woman, I am definitely not Zelie and to try to place myself as her would be wrong & to miss the point. If I am anywhere here I have a choice of Amari, Inan, the overconteneted nobles, & kosidan w/o diviner ties, or Saran-all of which represent my potential path within a system built to favor me. This is not my story but Adeyemi gives me a choice of what place I want to stand in within it. I know where I want to be-Amari-but she takes it further; she challenges me to look & be honest about where I am, & that answer may not be so clear or desirable but it’s an important one to face if I want to get where I want to be. I’m not an Amari yet, & I have a lot of work to get there. Finally, I loved that Adeyemi told me a story that made me feel & think about all of this but didn’t get bogged down in it. This is not a slog; I was carried along by the tsunami of this story & yes it sometimes got so intense I had to take a break, but intense in a great way. All I have left to say is go, read this now.
Take_Me_AwayPH 28 days ago
I started and re-started this review about 8 times. I just don't feel that I can do this book justice. It deserves EVERY SINGLE BIT OF THE HYPE IT'S BEEN GETTING. From the characters to the writing style, just everything was amazing! I can't wait for more people to read this and be able to sing its praises too! Zélie has spent many of her days remembering and reliving the pain and suffering her people went through after their world was stripped of magic. Where it was once thriving and grand, it turned sour once the king ordered everyone with magic to be killed. When a chance to bring magic back falls into her hands by way of a princess, they must find a way to stay out of the king and the prince's hands while they try to bring magic back. But their journey will be no easy task...... Y'all, I loved everything about this book, but my most favorite part has got to be the writing style. Although Adeyemi almost gave me a heart attack with every page, I loved it. But seriously, this is one of those books where everytime you calm down from the last scare, something else immediately happens and makes your heart race all over again. This book was 600 pages and it didn't feel like it at all. I was able to fly through it because I didn't want to quit reading it because it seemed like I was always in the middle of a cliffhanger. It was just amazing. Then there was the world-building. Everything was so descriptive and just beautifully described. I pictured everything as if I was standing right there. All the tombs and tunnels, but also the jungle and deserts were "shown" to me instead of just "told" to me. For me, with a fantasy novel, the world-building makes all the difference for me. I like when authors actually take heed to being a FANTASY world and making up an entire world just for their readers. And that's exactly what Adeyemi does. From the culture of the people, to the magic they can do, to even the animals that live in the landwere described, Adeyemi does it all and it really stood out to me. I also loved the characters! Y'all Zélie would definitely be my homegirl! I love how headstrong and defiant she is and how she fights for what she wants. She is definitely as stubborn as me, but she also doesn't take any ish and I just LOVED her. Gah, I can talk about her all day. I also really liked the other characters. I loved that we get a glimpse into their heads because of the multiple points of view. It's never confusing because everyone has their own distinct voice and thier own distinct roles in the story. I'm usually not a fan of books that have more than two POV's, but this one was perfect. Last but not least, that ending. Don't worry, its not really a cliffhanger, just had a very large bomb drop and now we have to wait another year to figure out WTF is going on. I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS. But really y'all, this book is so good. When I decided to pick this up I wanted something that would keep me in Wakanda after watching Black Panther. But now I just really want to go back to Orïsha. This book is worth the hype and
Anonymous 28 days ago
Bring on part 2 I'm ready
Anonymous 28 days 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 29 days 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 3 months ago
This book was stunning from start to finish, from the cover art to the lush, vivid, world building. The pacing was a bit off in places, but it was a great read.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Loved it! Can't wait for the next one!!
Anonymous 3 months ago
I couldn't put this book down. It was magical and beautiful and powerful and heartbreaking and unexpected . This doesn't go the expected route. I don't have enough words to do this justice.
Kamarylyn 3 months ago
So beautifully written, and I love the characters! I usually don't finish books because I get bored and easily distracted! But this story has kept me hooked the whole time!!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Wonderfully written so many emotions...I loved it.
TheLiteraryPhoenix 3 months ago
I finished this book Friday morning, and I am still struggling to find the words for it. I want to babble about how good it is - how I loved the rich descriptions of the temple and how that beautiful scene with Zélie and Anari on the ship was everything and... okay guys, this is going to be another list of brilliant things. 1. Each and every character in this story was well-written, well-motivated, and I loved them all. Zélie with her rash decisions and temper. Anari with her sweetness and courage. Zane with his fierce protectiveness and big heart. Inan with his inner struggles and determination. Those are just the main four characters, but there was something to love in everyone. Even the villains. 2. This is honestly one of the best developed fantasy worlds I've ever read. I will praise anyone's world building that draws me in, but Adeyemi's wrapped me up like Tamora Pierce. Her cities and landscaping is beautiful and treacherous. Her magical system is well and subtly explained and I loved it. Her pantheon is great. It's one of those novels where you know every single word was carefully chosen. 3. This novel was high action, but not exhausting. In a lot of young adult novels, you'll find that its either ALL action or nothing. ALL romance, or nothing. Tomi weaves her story so expertly that as a reader, you are bruh up and down like a boat bobbing on the ocean. The true action scenes, the battles, are written incredibly well. They wrap your up until you are so invested, until your heart is beating so fast, that you feel like you are actually there. 4. I adored that the villain was three-dimensional. It's far too easy to create a flat villain, but Saran is the type of character you can empathize with. His backstory is so important to his choices and you hate him with every fiber of your being but you still find yourself sorry for his pain. You still want him destroyed, no question, but he is a full and round person. 5. The racial message in this book is so important. Tomi Adeyemi says it better in her author's note, but there are things that happen in this book that will enrage you. And they are so, so horrible. But they are a reflection on our world and a cry to us all to be better. To care more, to understand more. To be more like Anari. I don't want to spoil too much, but this book is very timely and the parallels to our own world are quite clear. 6. The ending left me needing more. Not just wanting more - needing it. I have such a distinct image in my mind of the expression on Anari's face at the end and basically the end credits rolling and I need a release date for book 2 so I can preorder. There were so many individual scenes that left me screaming for more. Anari becoming the Lioner. Zu. Zane rescuing Zélie early in the novel. Inan's constant struggle. What happened with Kaia. When Anari and Saran's eyes meet. Moments. The moments in this book are so potent, they will steal your breath. I am so blown away by the story. The diversity in it is amazing and the maji and I just... I can't express anything more. Honestly. I am a colorful ball of happy feelings and a desire to read more. I used my Audible credit for this audiobook and I COMPLETELY recommend the audiobook. This book filled me up with its passion and dreams and richness that I feel like I need a couple days to wind down because while it is so fresh in my mind, everything will be inferior.
Anonymous 3 months ago
JMatBookFreakRevelations 3 months ago
“Children of Blood and Bone, as promised by lots of early praises and reviews, is a heart-stopping debut that’s tremendously gripping and enjoyable to read. It’s got a lush world-building, a fast-paced plot, and a very impressive writing style which will all contribute to give readers a once-in-a-lifetime reading experience that they won’t be forgetting about anytime soon. From page one, Tomi Adeyemi had me undeniably obsessed with her debut, as I’m sure you will be too, and I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on it’s sequel. As for those who haven’t read it yet, get ready for a life-changing, roller coaster ride. I can’t wait for you to meet Zélie Adebola.”
Anonymous 4 months ago
Thank you thank you thank. Please let it more. Black girls need this!