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 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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Kirkus Reviews

05 Feb 2018
"Powerful, captivating, and raw—Adeyemi is a talent to watch. Exceptional." ...
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Refinery29

06 Mar 2018
9.0
"Give or take some magic battles and leoponaires, Children of Blood and Bone is very much a rough translation for our world." ...
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Broadway World

06 Mar 2018
9.0
"COBAB is stunning, and a debut worth picking up this week. If you love fantasy, you are going to fall head over heels for Orïsha and its citizens..." ...
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NPR

10 Mar 2018
8.0
"Children of Blood and Bone is a fast-paced, excellently crafted hero's journey in a fantasy nation that is informed by African mythology (specifically West African, in the case of the book) and populated with compelling and nuanced black characters. ...
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USA Today

13 Mar 2018
"Children of Blood and Bone also explores ideas that are far darker — such as the brutality that too often accompanies power, the repression that follows fear of the other, and the fragility of memory." ...
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Cultured Vultures

11 Apr 2018
9.0
"Children of Blood and Bone is a fast-paced, immersive fantasy that will leave you wanting more." ...

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SIMILAR Books

Published:

March 6, 2018

Publisher:

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

ISBN:

978-1-250-17097-2

Language:

English

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