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Children of Blood and Bone

Legacy of Orïsha Series, Book 1 · Legacy of Orïsha

by Tomi Adeyemi


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"I read @tomi_adeyemi's brilliant novel Children of Blood and Bone while I was on vacation. It was an exhilarating read on many levels—a thrilling page-turner that's also deeply moving and incisive." John Green author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars

The most anticipated fantasy of the year, soon to be a major motion picture

They killed my mother. They took our magic. They tried to bury us.


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 targeted and 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.

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"Storms the boundaries of imagination" The New York Times

"A brutal, beautiful tale of revolution, faith, and star-crossed love" Publisher's Weekly

"Epic fantasy YA debut of magic and war" Guardian

"A luxe tale of magic, adventure, and forbidden love... Fans of Leigh Bardugo and Game of Thrones will gobble this up" BuzzFeed

"Adeyemi's lush world-building and consummate plotting breathes new life into a YA fantasy epic" Observer

"A masterful debut." Melinda Salisbury, author of The Sin Eater's Daughter

"Epic" Marie Lu, author of Legend

"A phenomenon" Entertainment Weekly

"A fantasy that promises to be enthralling and to totally ensnare you within its world, plot, and characters" BookRiot

"Poised to be this year's big fantasy breakout... [an] epic story of family, love and magic" Stylist

"A timely study on race, colorism, and power and injustice" Kirkus

"Epic in scale and size... it's a whirlwind read" The Bookseller

Publication Details

Pan Macmillan UK
Macmillan Children's Books
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Legacy of Orïsha


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