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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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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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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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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 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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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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  • rose-lavenders
  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-19-18

Loved it!!

I enjoyed every bit of, however someone who was of a native Yourba speaker, could have just covered the African incantations for the rituals. This book has deeply impacted me - I am looking forward to the sequel...BRING IT ON!!!!

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  • S.Hope
  • 07-18-18

Black lives DO matter!

A beautiful dedication to needless death. This story is engaging and easy to follow. While much of the Yoruba language and various dialogue was not spoken with enough accuracy, it did not deflect from the action and power of the tale. Compelling and very well told.

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  • Rozemarijn
  • 07-09-18

simplistic and violent

I was really looking forward to this book but was dissapointed. First of all it is very brutally violent. The violence seems to be a goal on itself, it doesn't help the story to develop. The storyline is very simplistic and predictable. I problem arises and is solved.
Another thing is that magic just happens. No training or cost is needed.

The narrator doesn't work for me either. The telling is to flat and the different characters don't come through.

It could have been wonderful but therefore it needed a lot more depth and develeopment. I understand the noble meaning behind the story. Unfortunately this doesn't make it into a good novel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-30-18

Binding and Relatable

This is one of the best new books available. I enjoyed every moment of it. And the performance of the vocal artist added beautifully to the story

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-22-18

Love it!

Listened to this as part of my book club’s reading list. Not something I’d normally pick but I absolutely loved it. The performance was spot on and story kept me listening until the end. I’d read another by the same author. And hoping they make this into a movie :)

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  • cazik
  • 06-18-18

amazing book didnt want it to stop!

such a powerful story was brilliant from start to finish. can not wait for the next one.

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  • Harii
  • 06-17-18

Great! But a Nigeria Reader Please

This was read very well, but it would been better if we had a Nigeria reader.

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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