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Publisher's Summary

This program is narrated by acclaimed reader Bahni Turpin, whose past work includes The Hate U Give and The Underground Railroad

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

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. 

©2018 Tomi Adeyemi (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Bahni Turpin's breathtaking narration of this exhilarating novel will keep listeners rooted to their seats, listening intently...an audiobook not to be missed." (AudioFile Magazine)

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Amazing Story!

I could see every clan, every Maji, every lock of white hair. I felt every emotion. Such a detailed and well written story.

51 of 53 people found this review helpful

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  • Samantha
  • Houma, LA, United States
  • 03-09-18

Beautifully Written

I was watching GMA on 3/7/18 and I saw the author Tomi Adeyemi being interviewed by Robin Roberts talking about her book and how excited she was when Stephen King reached out to her on Twitter, yes ma’am he knows your name now. Lol.
So I decided to download it.
I just finished the book today on 3/8/18, yes it took me two days to listen to the whole thing. After downloading the book, first thing I did was turned off my television and I sat in my dark bedroom listening to the book. I felt like I was Sebastian from the Never Ending Story... lol. For 18 hours I listened to this awesome book. Only stopping to eat, sleep and use the restroom. That’s how caught up I was, my husband didn’t even mess with me because he knew better. Lol.
It was Amazing, Captivating, Brilliantly Written. I love how the author took us on this quest into her imagination. Thank you Tomi Adeyemi.

111 of 117 people found this review helpful

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  • Tenia
  • Trenton, NJ, United States
  • 03-10-18

AMAZING!

This book was an excellent listen. The narrator was a great fit for this book. as an African American woman, this book was very emotional as my ancestors were stolen from their land and our culture and traditions lost. Listening to this book has me yearning for more. To find out more about where we originated from. I know it's early in 2018, but this is one of the best books I've purchased in a long time.

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amazing new story.....so-so narrator

love the new book....but the narrator ruined it for me. being a Yoruba speaker and understanding the language, it was extremely jarring to have someone mangle the language in a way that makes it clear the narrator doesn't understand what she's saying.
if I didn't know the "foreign" language used, i think I'd have enjoyed the book more.
I hope the next book gets narrated by a dual speaker of English and Yoruba, as it would make an amazing difference....may yet get the e-book version in order to enjoy the book as it should be.
Also, had to listen to the book at 1.4x narration speed, just to have a normal pace!

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  • Janeau
  • OAKLAND, CA, US
  • 03-11-18

Yoruba Pride

I am so in love with this story. It makes me proud as someone with Yoruba heritage and how our culture is a focal point in this story. This book is everything I can’t wait for books 2 and 3! I am so excited!!!!

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  • Adrienne
  • Fort Worth, TX, United States
  • 03-09-18

AfroFuturism at it's finest!

I loved every second. Every choice the reader made in tone & pitch was perfect.

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DO NOT PASS THIS ONE BY!!

One of the best books I've read/listened to in a really long time. GET THIS BOOK!

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Five Stars are not Enough!

Adeyemi did a brilliant job of organizing the storyline. The characters were so vibrant, realistic and yet distinctly different from one another. I could stop listening as the story griped me time and time again. The Children of Blood and Bone rivals(if not surpasses) Harry Potter, a fictitious far away dreamland. The adventures of the main characters were so vividly portrayed the reader easily feels apart of the journey. Although this may appear to be a young adult book, any age will enjoy it. Adeyemi builds the story to exciting conclusion that leaves the reader wanting more. I will be first in line to preorder the next one!

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  • Denise
  • Valencia, CA, United States
  • 04-06-18

Wanted to love it, but just ok.

While I did enjoy this story, nothing in particular stood out for me. There wasn't a whole lot of history or world building behind this magical world. Upon reading the Clan breakdown before the first chapter, I thought, "Ah, maybe I should have gotten the book rather than the audiobook", as foreign new worlds and names are harder to remember when listening to them instead of seeing them. But I found that this was not the case. I almost wondered after finishing the story if the Clans breakdown was entirely necessary. It didn't come up that much. Maybe with further books it will. All in all, it was written well, but the story felt "light", not the subject matter, but the story in general. There wasn't a lot of depth. As much as I wanted to love this book, it was good, but I didn't love it. I don't feel compelled to read the sequel either. What I AM really excited about, however, is that more YA stories written about people of color, different countries and cultures are being more widely published. That has been long overdue. However, what was absolutely fabulous, was Bahni Turpin. I first heard her in "The Help" and was struck by her narration. She stood out for me, so much so, that I preordered the audiobook because of her. I was not disappointed with her narration.

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A parade of terrible decisions

Lots of promise, but got buried in overly emotional exposition. Hope for a better sequel.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful