Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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Kelly’s pick: Children of Blood and Bone is an astonishing debut novel, a fantasy deeply interested in the myths and customs of Western Africa. It’s also a book written explicitly in response to the reality and dangers of being black in America in 2018. Adeyemi channels her rage and pain through dark-skinned, white-haired Zélie, who was born into a tradition of gods and magic, only to have both ripped away by a ruling monarchy which viewed both as threats, evidence of Zélie’s people’s lack of humanity. It’s a smart, evocative story of power and oppression, one that has lingered with me since I finished it. This is far from the last we’ve heard from Tomi Adeyemi (not least because this is the beginning of a trilogy).

About the book: 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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