Children of Blood and Bone - Legacy of Orisha (Paperback)
  • Children of Blood and Bone - Legacy of Orisha (Paperback)
  • Children of Blood and Bone - Legacy of Orisha (Paperback)
  • Children of Blood and Bone - Legacy of Orisha (Paperback)
  • Children of Blood and Bone - Legacy of Orisha (Paperback)
Children of Blood and Bone - Legacy of Orisha (Paperback) Children of Blood and Bone - Legacy of Orisha (Paperback) Children of Blood and Bone - Legacy of Orisha (Paperback)

Children of Blood and Bone - Legacy of Orisha (Paperback)

Paperback 544 Pages
Published: 08/03/2018
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Waterstones Says

One girl must return the magic to her land in the first part of a mesmerising trilogy steeped in West African mythology that combines heart-stopping drama with unforgettable characters.

Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize Older Fiction Award 2019

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, 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. Published on Tuesday 3 December 2019 and available to pre-order now, Children of Virtue and Vengeance 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: 383 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 41 mm


Black Girl Magic indeed! Full of cinematic action sequences (the most memorable of them set underwater and employing an army of the dead) and creatures worthy of Star Wars (horse-sized 'lionaires' have saber teeth and horns), it storms the boundaries of imagination. - The New York Times

Infused with rich mythology of west Africa, Adeyemi’s lush world-building and consummate plotting breathes new life into a YA fantasy epic. Themes of oppression and racism resonate all too strongly in today’s political climate. The cliffhanger ending may leave some readers reeling but, rest assured, this is first in a trilogy. - Observer

Epic fantasy YA debut of magic and war. - Guardian

Tomi Adeyemi has created a lush, vibrant world, full of legend and lore, more than enough to sate even the most ravenous fantasy fan. There are swoony moments, shocking moments, terrifying moments, and heartbreaking moments. - Melinda Salisbury, author Sin Eater’s Daughter

This highly anticipated fantasy novel earned its 23-year-old Nigerian-American author a seven-figure deal. The first instalment of a three-part young adult trilogy, it draws on African myth and folklore and was reportedly inspired by the Black Lives Matters movement. The film rights were snapped up before the book was even published. - Irish Independent

In one of the most highly-anticipated fantasy releases this year, Tomi Adeyemi spins a luxe tale of magic, adventure, and forbidden love. Zélie lives in a world once ruled by magic, but mass-murders decreed by a new king have all but stamped her people out, and she has a narrow window to bring the magic of her lands back to life. Fans of Leigh Bardugo and Game of Thrones will gobble this up. - BuzzFeed

Epic in scale and size… it’s a whirlwind read thanks to immersive world-building, powerful characters and ferocious plotting. Themes of prejudice and oppression are particularly poignant in the current political climate. - The Bookseller

The Harry Potter I should have had. - MostlyLit Podcast

All our bookselling instincts tell us Children of Blood and Bone is a book apart. - Waterstones Loves

This year’s big fantasy breakout... [an] epic story of family, love and magic. - Stylist

A hugely enjoyable escapist story that makes you re-examine the world around you. It is a miraculous achievement. - Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Guardian

Hugely gripping and original… Three perspectives, complex world-building and superlative characterisation make this a must for fantasy fans. - Imogen Russell Williams, Metro

This book gripped me from page one. The magic, the characters and raw history in this book blew me away. Adeyemi’s world building is fantastic. - Laura Andrews, Yorkshire Evening Post

Immerses you in a fantasy world of magic and myth. - Belfast Telegraph

A meaty, multi-voiced epic with a west African-inspired setting. - Guardian

We’re in an entirely other culture – a Nigeria-inspired kingdom of magic and mythology – but are utterly at home. The first chapter, alone, is so rich in detail, action, scene and character. And wonderful prose. - i News

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“A fabulous new fantasy series which is well worth a read. ”

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“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 throughout.

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