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Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) Hardcover – March 6, 2018
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Tomi Adeyemi’s debut novel is the start of what promises to be an epic, addictive new series. The Children of Blood and Bone is influenced by Adeyemi’s West African heritage, and in it she bends religious deities (the Orïsha) and a diverse landscape into a refreshing new take on fantasy. The Children of Blood and Bone is told from multiple points of view, as Inan and Amari, children of the iron-fisted king, and Zélie and Tzain, siblings who have suffered greatly under the king’s regime, find themselves on a dark, magic-filled quest for power. Their journey is accompanied by violence and betrayal, but friendship and even star-crossed love also play a part. Enriched with themes that resonate in today’s social and political landscape, The Children of Blood and Bone takes on injustice, discrimination, and a struggle for change. The action and danger ramp up with each chapter, and I found myself racing through the final pages, holding my breath right up to the cliffhanger ending. -- Seira Wilson for the Amazon Book Review
“A magnificent, heartrending, earthshaking debut.” ―New York Times-bestselling author Daniel José Older
"Powerful, captivating, and raw―Adeyemi is a talent to watch. Exceptional." ―Kirkus, Starred Review
"Adeyemi’s devastating debut is a brutal, beautiful tale of revolution, faith, and star-crossed love." ―Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"... Adeyemi keeps it fresh with an all-black cast of characters, a meaningful emphasis on fighting for justice, a complex heroine saving her own people, and a brand of magic made more powerful by the strength of heritage and ancestry. Perfect for fans of the expansive fantasy worlds of Leigh Bardugo, Daniel Jose´ Older, and Sabaa Tahir." ―Booklist, Starred Review
"...A refreshing YA fantasy with an all–West African cast of characters that should be on every shelf." ―SLJ, Starred Review
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I love that women were central to the story, and I appreciate the way that the relationship between Zélie and Amari developed. It is an empowering story on many levels. I don't think I've ever read a fantasy or science fiction book where ALL the characters were Black, and I tried to make sure I pictured the characters as the author intended, occasionally catching myself and having to re-draw a character in my head.
As someone who pretty much never re-reads a book, I will be reading this one again. And of course, I am already anticipating the sequel. I can’t wait to find out what happens and I'm hoping we get to meet more of the different clans. I also really hope they get the movie right, because it could be amazing on the big screen.
I've read some pretty good books in the past year, but this is without a doubt my favorite.
The novel immediately ropes you into its journey/adventure on par w/Lord of the Rings and its storyline evolves before you via character-focused chapters as enjoyed in Game of Thrones! It creates a world where magic once existed and must be resurrected to protect those that once wielded it. The cadence of the story is extremely fast-paced as the chapters quickly expose you to various aspects of its universe through the POV perspectives of the three main characters. The ability to experience the progression of this story through the eyes of the respective leads not only extends a certain empathy to different angles of the same events but it also serves as an incredible tool in peeling back the societal and introspective layers this novel offers up!
The empowering tale woven here not only elevates the two black, female protagonists as the focal points, learning to embrace their respective calls to greatness via starkly different avenues, but it also observes what happens to a society when entire demographics are oppressed without any opportunity for equality nor prosperity.
Tomi Adeyemi shares with you an extraordinary quest inviting you to invest in dynamic characters, struggling to overcome their demons, re-evaluate the "realities" in which they were raised, and redirect the paths once believed as the only ones available to them. All of that is compounded by her notes at the end of the novel, reminding you to re-examine the story's more subtle plot points through an even more thoughtful lens.
I have already pushed my wife to bring this up to her book club and cannot wait for the next one in the series!
It is a gripping story that moves at a relentless pace through a complex plot filled with rich characters.
I understand this has been optioned for a movie, and I can see why--the story and characters are so vivid, the worldbuilding so complex, that I can see this following the path of Star Wars or Hunger Games. Only the plot and characters in this are if anything more rich, more believable. The worldbuilding makes more sense.
It's a hell of a saga. Really, a must read.
Thank you Tomi for bringing a story to my family that has so many levels: strong female characters, a worthy struggle, and a clear method of analogy to discuss the difficulties of race in our country.