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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • luca risino
  • 05-20-18

cleaver and engaging.

Afro-Fantasy with a splash of subtle social commentary. Engaging from start to end. Jallof rice

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  • Tim
  • 05-10-18

Most memorable work of fiction I have read!

The story grabs you and never let's go till the very end. 5 stars brilliant!

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  • I Ohm 9
  • 05-08-18

Phenomenal

Probably my favourite work of fiction ever! you need to read this book!
Unputdownable, addictive and completely captured my imagination, literally salivating at the prospect of book 2 next year #highlyrecommended

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  • Olajide
  • 05-07-18

brilliant story

Not a Nigerian narrator but very amazing performance. connected the story perfectly with the right emotions definitely worth the read

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  • MamàIsabel
  • 05-01-18

A revelation

tears are still flowing. Thank you for this masterpiece. As a black woman of Ghanaian birth my heart broke at every scream. This is needed.

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  • Brenda Be
  • 04-30-18

Beyond amazing!!

This book is everything you want from an adventure story! Tomi creates a world that comes to life before you. She has created characters who are three dimensional- a hero but also a little sister, a warrier but also a child wanted their parent. The adventures of Zalie and her crew leaves you wanting more and more! cant wait for the next installment! Tomi! 5 stars!!!

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  • CJ
  • 04-22-18

Brilliant!!

I thoroughly enjoyed the journey I was taken on whilst listening to this captivating and justly inspired creation by the talented Tomi Adeyemi. Banhni Turpin was a wonderful narrator and did a great job bringing the characters and narrative to life. Aside from the story I am immensely moved and inspired by her motivation behind the novel and patiently look forward to her next offering. Highly recommended!