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  • Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone: A West African-inspired YA Fantasy, Filled with Dark Magic

Children's, Teenage & Young Adult
Paperback Published on: 08/03/2018
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Children of Blood and Bone
A fabulous new fantasy series which is well worth a read.
Dark, gritty, action packed, and totally awesome this was a refreshing change from some of the more mediocre YA fantasy I have recently read. A wonderful n... READ MORE
Penelope Bullock at Lancaster
Children of Blood and Bone
Gripping and exciting throughout
I’ve been looking forward to reading Children of Blood and Bone and it didn’t disappoint, it is so well written and keeps you on the edge of your seat thro... READ MORE
Stephen B at Darlington
Children of Blood and Bone
Brilliant
Tomi Adeyemi has built an incredible, fantasy world that will seem all too familiar to us. Children of Blood and Bone has themes of racism and oppression i... READ MORE
Kerry at St Albans
Children of Blood and Bone
Even if it's the only thing you do today, make sure you read this book.
It's so good that I read it again as soon as I finished it. It's a whole new world of fantasy, but full of adventures and romances that push the boundaries... READ MORE
Louisa
Children of Blood and Bone
A Perfectly Created and Gripping Fantasy
I absolutely loved this book - the setting of Orïsha is so well-crafted and the use of magic so believable. I loved the combination of African culture and ... READ MORE
Rachel Meier at Canterbury Rose Lane
Children of Blood and Bone
Magic, myth and war - Beautiful and powerful
The joy of finding a book that really just grabs you and you cannot put down - this is such a book. Powerful, gripping and completely enticing . I loved ev... READ MORE
Hannah Kate at Liverpool One
Children of Blood and Bone
Fantasy steeped in West African mythology
Fantasy steeped in West African mythology and set in a vivid, vibrant world, in which a group of miss matching characters from vastly different backgrounds... READ MORE
David Marshall
Children of Blood and Bone
A superb fantasy debut!!!
4.5 stars. This was just wow. Children of Blood and Bone is so unique. It is set in a West African fantasy land where magic used to rein but has been taken... READ MORE
Laura  at Waterstones Cardiff
Children of Blood and Bone
Brilliant, can't wait for the next one!
This book is fantastic, you will fall in love with the character of Zelie within the first few chapters and keep loving her until the very end. It is wonde... READ MORE
Lauren at Waterstones Redditch

Synopsis

*Foyles Children's Book of the Year 2018* A completely enthralling debut novel, and a prescient clarion call for the resistance to blind authority and the oppression of freedoms. Adeyemi conjures up the rich and complex world of Orïsha with unusually lucid language and writing that’s unwavering in its imagery. The burgeoning friendship between main characters, Amari and Zélie, lifts the novel to unexpected heights, and will stick long in the mind of any reader.

Synopsis

Once an enchanted land, Orïsha’s magic vanished without trace, leaving those who wielded it enslaved to a ruthless king. But now magic is returning and one girl has the chance to turn the tide…

*They killed my mother.*
*They took our magic.*
*They tried to bury us.*
*Now we rise.*
The daughter of a great maji, Zélie Adebola remembers a time when magic flowed through the land and through the bones of the summoners. With her white hair, the mark of the gods, she is marked as one of the ibawi – the divine - those with the potential for power. When a chance encounter brings her face to face with a rogue princess escaping from the palace with an object of immense significance, Zélie finds herself on a mission to restore what was stolen from her people and claim her birth right. As Zélie journeys across Orïsha, she discovers a land full of unforeseen dangers: snow leoponaires, avenging spirits and the threat of the crown prince, who will stop at nothing to rid the land of enchantment once and for all. Already snapped up for development into a major new film by the producers of [*The Fault in Our Stars*](https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-fault-in-our-stars/john-green/9780141345659), *Children of Blood and Bone* is a fierce and unflinching saga of divided love, belief and legacy. The first in an epic new fantasy series, interweaving the influences of West African myth with unforgettable characters and expert world-building, it ripples with rage and magic. A novel that will haunt the reader long after the final page. “Magnificent from the off, Adeyemi’s richly drawn world is a breath of fresh air in Teen and Young Adult fantasy. Written with seemingly endless reserves of imagination, our booksellers were captivated by this distinctive and exhilarating novel, which is all at once fearless, immersive, emotional and cinematic beyond its pages. This poignant debut has more than enough to keep you on the edge of your seat and reading late into the night.” - Florentyna Martin, Waterstones Children’s Buyer The Legacy of the Orïsha series continues in the explosive second volume, [*Children of Virtue and Vengeance*](/book/children-of-virtue-and-vengeance/tomi-adeyemi/9781509899456). Published on Tuesday 3 December 2019 and available to pre-order now, [*Children of Virtue and Vengeance* ](/book/children-of-virtue-and-vengeance/tomi-adeyemi/9781509899456)tells the continuing story of the maji rising as civil war looms on the horizon.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781509871353
  • Number of pages: 544
  • Weight: 383g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 41 mm

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Children of Blood and Bone
YOU NEED THIS BOOK IN YOUR LIFE!
“They killed my mother. They took o... READ MORE
Georgi
Children of Blood and Bone
Five stars isn't enough!
Seriously, I would give this book six stars if I could. Since reading it I have become that annoying person pressing a book into the hands of family, frien... READ MORE
Isabel at Romford
Children of Blood and Bone
A Fierce Fantasy Tale
This book will forever be remembered as one of my all time favourites for fantasy. Although listed as teen fiction I can easily see this taking pride of pl... READ MORE
I King
Children of Blood and Bone
A furious riot of a book
This is hands down going to be one of the best novels you're going to read this year. I'm that confident. Yes, art is subjective, but honestly, this is a f... READ MORE
Lizzie | @littlehux
Children of Blood and Bone
An epic fantasy you need on your shelves
Disclaimer: I received this free from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. Zélie Adebola used to live in a world where magic was present in th... READ MORE
Lauren
Children of Blood and Bone
Incredible and bad ass
It's like a better black panther with magic
Chloe Hughes
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This is Truely a Book you Need to Read
Honestly one of my favourite fantsy YA books of the year so far! The writing is compelling and absolutely beautiful to read, flowing through your mind as ... READ MORE
Victoria Alyesa
Children of Blood and Bone
Tomi Adeyemi is one to watch.
The story is told through three perspectives: Zélie who is a maji, Amari who is a princess confined to her castle, and Inan who is Amari’s sister, a prince... READ MORE
charlotte Selby
Children of Blood and Bone
Enjoyable but basically Avatar The Last Airbender
Okay, first of all, Zélie hardly struggles with her growing feelings for this enemy. But I'll get to that in a second. I gave this book 3/5 stars, which i... READ MORE
Paige
Children of Blood and Bone
A flawed, but deeply important YA fantasy book set in a fantastical Nigeria that's sure to become the next big thing
Tomi Adeyemi’s 'Children of Blood and Bone' was one of my most anticipated reads of 2018. A high fantasy story set in a world that isn’t medieval Europe? S... READ MORE
Sally Berrow
Children of Blood and Bone
Incredible!
It's so good that I read it again as soon as I finished it. It's a whole new world of fantasy, but full of adventures and romances that push the boundaries... READ MORE
Booksfromabrit
Children of Blood and Bone
A Beautiful, Magical, Hard-Hitting Debut
Children of Blood and Bone is a GROUND BREAKING magical book that makes you feel grief, oppression, love, family and most of all, magic. It has all the rig... READ MORE
Aditi Nichani
Children of Blood and Bone
A Diverse Fantasy!!!
I decided to pick up Children of Blood and Bone and this fast paced fantasy was amazing! It’s full of unexpected twists and turns and is based in a beautif... READ MORE
louus_library
Children of Blood and Bone
Incredible debut novel
For a debut novel I found this book to be outstanding. The world the author created was detailed and steeped in history, the characters were well developed... READ MORE
dreximgirl
Children of Blood and Bone
An impressive achievement
Children of Blood and Bone is a young adult fantasy novel, the likes of which you won’t have read before. Quite a startling and ambitious novel in terms of... READ MORE
Julie Morris
Children of Blood and Bone
Children of Blood and Bone is just phenomenal, absolutely breathtaking.
If you haven’t heard rumblings about this highly anticipated debut novel from Tomi Adeyemi then I would love to know where you’ve been hiding! This book is... READ MORE
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Children of Blood and Bone
Children of Blood and Bone
I absolutely loved this story, it's one of my favourite books this year. The characters are really cool, the plot is great, the world building is awesome,I... READ MORE
Tom Petty
Children of Blood and Bone
Lives up to the hype!
I received an uncorrected proof from the publisher in exchange for a review. My most anticipated YA read of the year and it was worth the hype! A brillia... READ MORE
Alice
Children of Blood and Bone
Can't wait for book 2!!!!
I received a proof copy in exchange for an honest review and I have to say this book blew me away. Rhythmic, rich descriptions made the world building spo... READ MORE
Sharon, Bookseller at Waterstones Gloucester
Children of Blood and Bone
Amazing debut
Content Warnings: childhood trauma, war, violence, death, slavery, racism, xenophobia/ic language, attempted rape, torture, self-harm, abusive parents Thi... READ MORE
thebookishpoet
Children of Blood and Bone
A Must Read
I will be recommending this book to all fans of Leigh Bardugo, The Hunger Games and Divergent!
Naajia
Children of Blood and Bone
Riverting!
I loved this book! Im not normally a YA or fantasy fiction fan but this book has converted me. I felt the tension and reading it was like an adrenaline rus... READ MORE
Misha Duncan - Barry
Children of Blood and Bone
WOW
absolutely loved this book, the characters, world building and story line were amazing!! and of course everyone loves magic so who wouldn’t enjoy this mast... READ MORE
Brooke Seddon
Children of Blood and Bone
Debut YA fantasy in an African-inspired setting is something of a mixed bag
17-year-old Zélie lives in the small fishing village of Illorin on the west coast of the kingdom of Orïsha with her father and older brother Tzain. Zélie’... READ MORE
IReadThereforeIBlog
Children of Blood and Bone
If Avatar: The Last Airbender was set in Africa… this is the result.
When I came across this book on paperback, I was entranced by the blood red pages when it first came out and because I’ve read a lot of fantasy novels wher... READ MORE
Matthew Ball
Children of Blood and Bone
Amazing read
After reading the shadow and bone trilogy, I was skeptical that this book would meet the standards the previous books had set. However this book was just a... READ MORE
Amber Woods
Children of Blood and Bone
OH MY GOD IM NEVER GONNA GET OVER THIS
I will never stop talking about this omggggg i love tomi adeyemi her book is so so good. i cant even imagine my life without this book like so real so tru... READ MORE
noor islam
Children of Blood and Bone
One of the best reads ever !
This book is so gripping it will keep you turning its pages right to the end. It will take you through a mountain of feeling from happiness to hatred. I lo... READ MORE
martyna szczepanska
Children of Blood and Bone
Inspiration and Beautifully Written
Honestly one of my favourite fantsy YA books of the year so far! The writing is compelling and absolutely beautiful to read, flowing through your mind as ... READ MORE
Victoria Alyesa
Children of Blood and Bone
PHENOMENAL. EPIC. BADASS. It’s a bestseller for a reason.
Jemimah Ngu
Children of Blood and Bone
Beautifully Crafted
Highly recommend those who love fantasy stories filled with magic and adventure to give this a read. It’s always twisting and turning, and the story never ... READ MORE
Naajia