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Publisher's Summary

Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut Children of Blood and Bone.

They killed my mother.They took our magic.They tried to bury us. Now we rise.

Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled - Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden. 

Zélie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. 

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic - and her growing feelings for an enemy.

The movie of Children of Blood and Bone is in development at Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions with the incredible Karen Rosenfelt and Wyck Godfrey (Twilight, Maze Runner, The Fault in Our Stars) producing it.

©2018 Tomi Adeyemi (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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Just read

Just read it. Listen to it.
Embrace the story told.
Let it be the push you need to make a difference in this world. Let this book be your eye opener to the problems all around us.

In our blood.
In our bones.
We are all the same.



When you are done, read the author's note.

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Children of Blood and Bone

I am not an avid reader but I choose my sources of entertainment wisely. I am very pleased to have “read” this book (I used Audible). Frantic pace, terrific world-building, interesting character arcs and wonderful action-packed adventure. I was hooked and cannot wait for the sequels.

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Loved it

This is the only fantasy book I’ve ever read that is based on black people and culture. I absolutely loved it - I can picture the bravery and strength of Zaile, Zain and Amari. I would love to watch this on the big screen! Fantastic narration as well.

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wow...wow...wow!!!

I cannot wait for the next book in this series! Such an amazing story teller. I was gripped from the first paragraph. well done for inspiring so many and Thank You!

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A truly beautiful story!

This book was captivating from start to finish. you won't regret reading it, trust me.

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Horrible reading!!!!!

I'm sure it's a good book but the reading is horrendous!!! For lack of a better word to describe what I'm heading that feels like nails scratching my ears!!!!

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great book

amazing book, went on for hours and hours, couldn't get myself to pause for anything. great read

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Wonderful

Wow!! This book had me gripped from beginning until the end. I loved the story and loved the performance too!

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Horrible but so much potential

If you want to be frustrated this is the perfect book for it. Im guessing the author had a bet with someone about how frustrated she good get the readers to be. The gist of story is people with super powers are oppressed by people without any powers. You have the people without powers be supernaturally cruel killing women and children. Cutting children’s heads off and carving marks in females flesh. However each time someone uses magic everyone loses their shit. I heard they are gonna Make a movie or series about this book, i can tell its gonna be a gigantic flop. This book had so much potential

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  • GB
  • 03-21-18

Will Make A Great Movie

After all the hype and implied political this and that, it's finally just a pretty good story in a pretty solidly constructed world with no idiosyncratic axe to grind.

I loved the world. I thought the concept was excellent. I was fascinated as a tourist with the places the book travelled through and the story is itself exciting enough with never a rest between drama and action.

The problem is the characters. One expects a certain degree of angst, strutting emotional irrationality, intellectual blindness and even teen narcissism in adolescent characters but in this story its all turned up to volume 11 all the time. Now in a good high adventure movie one expects endless action and bravado with characters that respond with endless heroism and damn the torpedoes. However, in a book it's a bit wearying.

The reader is excellent and she adds to the atmosphere. She brings out a wonderful sense of place and situation.

But in the end I suspect the Movie will be better than the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-21-18

Great story but Yoruba Speaker please!

Great story. I really enjoyed the book but I can't understand why a Yoruba speaking person did not read the Yoruba parts of the book. I couldn't understand what Bahni was saying and this was very frustrating not to mention disruptive to the flow of the story. To get full applaud, please get a Yoruba speaker to read the Yoruba parts. Thank you.

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  • Dipo
  • 04-01-18

Awesome story..

Awesome and engaging book. The narrator did a brilliant job taking me on the journey. I only wish the Yoruba words were pronounced properly. Everything else was great

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  • Rosa
  • 03-17-18

Incredible and stunning

A stunning story, characters, scenery... I felt like I was really there in Orisha. The world building and descriptions of magic are wonderful. I couldn’t stop listening. And the narration is just incredible, I have listened to a lot of audiobooks but the narration was the best I have ever heard, full of emotion and perfect for the story. I would recommend to any fantasy or YA fan. I just haven’t heard / read anything quite like it! Now I can’t wait for the second book 🙂

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  • N. A. Eastman
  • 10-08-18

Touched my soul

It’s been such a long time since I’ve been touched so deeply by a book. I experience the entire emotional spectrum to the point of shivers up my back. Such a blessing! Thank you xxx

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  • Fatou Bojang
  • 09-27-18

orisha magic & adventure

Loved it. Couldn't turn it off. It was just magical from beginning to end, you will not be disappointed

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  • MM
  • 09-24-18

Great read-gripping story

Didnt want to stop listening, loved the story and really liked some of the characters.. Narrator was really good and i would listen to other books she's narrated but she totally killed the yoruba language. i have to agree with the other reviews that those bits should have been narrated by a yoruba person.

All in all highly recommend this book. Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Mrs O
  • 09-22-18

Simply excellent

Didn’t want to get out my car - great story by a talented writer. Can’t wait for the next one.

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  • V Nerd (Kermit), Reviews by Audio Killed the Bookmark
  • 09-21-18

6 Magic Stars

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Magic Stars

Wow......

This debut book is quite simply beautiful, from the gorgeous cover, to the amazing story, I can't wait to see what she writes next.

If you know me at all then you will know that fantasy books are in my "Hell No" pile, i just can't, I've tried and tried, but the second Magic, or Dragons, or Sorcery is mentioned, i'm calling a taxi 😂

So imagine how happy i was that my Bingo Call this week in my Goodreads group was "Read a book with a main page genre of Magic) 😱😱😱
To say i was horrified is an understatement!

So i'm looking and looking and finding NOTHING, but this book kept popping into my feed and everyone was raving about it, i pulled up my big girl panties and grabbed that sucker the second i saw it was narrated by the amazing Bahni Turpin (Who narrated The Help & Allegedly)

I'm so glad i took the jump as this story was OUTSTANDING!!!

Set in a Western African world, Zélie lives with her brother and father, her mother was slaughtered along with hundreds of others in the Genocide or "The Raid" as it is now called.

The reason for the Genocide? King Saran, a horrid ruthless man who wants to rid the world of magic.

You see Zélie's mother was a Maji (magic person) and she was executed on King Saran's orders.

Zélie is now a Diviner (a Maji with no powers), she, and all of the Maji left are waiting for the day that her magic will come to her.

Told in 3 different POV's this stunning debut story will have you cheering Zélie on as she makes her way with her brother to bring back magic.

🎧🎧Narration is completely magical, Ms Turpin manages to read all of those complicated African words and brings them to life, it was like a movie playing in my head.

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  • Lauren
  • 09-19-18

Fantastic from Start to Finish

Thoroughly enjoyed this book from the beginning to the end. The incantations and description of everything was so perfectly placed and timed.

The authors note at the end also give pause for thought. We can all make a difference each day

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-15-18

An amazing story

The book is amazing. It took me a while to finish but it was great.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-28-18

This is a must read.

For all adventurous children, but especially for all adventurous girls. We need more female saviours, more diversity, and more heroes of colour. This book has all of those things and is written and performed beautifully. This is on my list for birthday gifts for everyone this year.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-08-18

struggled to finish

Well written, just didn't get drawn in by the characters or story. I can see why others may love it though. Just not my cup of tea unfortunately.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-09-18

Doesnt Hold Back

This book doesnt hold back and has some of the best character developement I've read. Now the wait for the next installment begins