Children of Blood and Bone pdf Book Summary, Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone pdf Book Summary

Children of Blood and Bone pdf Book is the author’s debut novel and the first book in a planned trilogy.

Children of Blood and Bone pdf book is a 2018 young adult fantasy novel by Nigerian-American novelist Tomi Adeyemi. 

As the story goes, the heroine Zélie Adebola as she attempts to restore magic to the kingdom of Orïsha, following the ruling class kosidáns’ brutal suppression of the class of magic practitioners Zélie belongs to, the maji.

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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Children of Blood and Bone Author – Tomi Adeyemi

Tomi Adeyemi Author of Children of Blood and Bone pdf Book
Tomi Adeyemi Author of Children of Blood and Bone pdf Book

Tomi Adeyemi the author of Children of Blood and Bone. She is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she studied West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil.

Children of Blood and Bone pdf Book Information

Children of Blood and Bone pdf book
Children of Blood and Bone pdf book
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition (March 6, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 544 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250170974
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250170972
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 14 – 18 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ HL670L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 10 – 12
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.56 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.35 x 1.78 x 9.29 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #6,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #27 in Teen & Young Adult Fiction on Prejudice & Racism
  • #49 in Teen & Young Adult Myths & Legends
  • #86 in Teen & Young Adult Epic Fantasy
  • Customer Reviews: 4.7 out of 5 stars    12,966 ratings

Children of Blood and Bone pdf Book Reviews

Editorial Review

Tomi Adeyemi’s debut novel is the start of what promises to be an epic, addictive new series. The Children of Blood and Bone pdf book 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 pdf book 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 pdf book 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

“High stakes, a captivating fantasy landscape, and a brave heroine worth rooting for make Children of Blood and Bone unlike anything I’ve ever read.” ―Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Beautiful Creatures and author of The Lovely Reckless

“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.” ―School Library Journal, Starred Review

This is an exceptional debut from the author and will have a huge audience desperately waiting for more. Children of Blood and Bone is perfect for fans of Nnedi Okorafor, Nancy Farmer, and Angie Thomas.” ―VOYA, Starred Review

“Nigerian culture and geography… give this fantasy a distinct flavor, further distinguished by the intensity of emotion.” ―Horn Book

“Meet Tomi Adeyemi―the new J.K. Rowling. (Yep, she’s that good).” ―Entertainment Weekly

“Poses thought-provoking questions about race, class and authority that hold up a warning mirror to our sharply divided society.” –The New York Times

“A fast-paced, excellently crafted hero’s journey…populated with compelling and nuanced black characters.” –NPR

“A debut novel that is nearly impossible to put down.”–USA Today

“Adeyemi’s writing is beautiful and immersive.” –

“A miraculous achievement.”–The Guardian

Reviews form Amazon Buyers


5.0 out of 5 stars “Mom – this is the exact book my librarian recommended to me just yesterday
Reviewed in the United States on March 12, 2018

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After hearing Tomi’s interview on NPR I ordered the book immediately, My 11-year-old daughter grabbed it upon arrival. “Mom – this is the exact book my librarian recommended to me just yesterday!” (So, I get mom points for being “in the know.”) She started reading it before bed. At two in the morning I woke to lights on. She hadn’t stopped reading! We talked this morning about it and her favorite word to use was “WOW.” She is in love with the heroine (a young girl) who fights for her beliefs without fear. When I told my kiddo that she might want to think about how this story is somewhat of an analogy to race relations in America her eyes went wide (and I got another “wow). “Mom, that’s true! Ok – now I have to go finish it this morning…..”
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.


5.0 out of 5 stars Black Magic at its best
Reviewed in the United States on March 18, 2018

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Such a good book! I’m an adult. Like, grown. I am also a fan of Harry Potter and Tahereh Mafi, which I read as a child through college, and last year, respectively. To be fair, I buy books ‘for my niece’ and read them quickly before I give them to her as gifts so we can discuss them together – an activity I enjoy immensely. As a black woman who loves the fantasy genre, Adeyemi is my new hero for creating a world that draws its richness and depth from West Africa. We have a class of oppressed people who have gifts that the oppressors are afraid of – a theme so relevant to life today as a Diasporan in America. I remember reading an article that spoke of implicit bias and the belief that some people have that black people are magical and have almost super-human strength, and that those were seen as reasons to justify fear of black bodies. Adeyemi throws that on its head, and I can’t wait to read (and see!) what happens next in Orïsha, and I can’t wait to hear what my niece thinks of the book! #blackgirlmagic

Arkham Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing start to the series
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 11, 2018

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I really haven’t been this drawn into a fantasy world for a long time. When I started reading Children of Bone and Blood pdf book, I found it almost impossible to put down. I really got invested in the setting – a fantasy West Africa where magic has disappeared, the children of former maji are treated as second class citizens and three teenagers are tasked with a mission from the Gods to bring back magic. The African setting gave the novel a very different feel from other young adult fantasies that I’ve read and present a cast that were entirely persons of colour.

I also felt that the story’s message was pretty poignant. It presented a world where an entire group of people have been down-trodden for years – stripped of their right to defend themselves and treated like second-class citizens in their own country – which is certainly something that resonates with the politics of today. However, it also does a great job of showing that this isn’t so clear cut. The maji and the kosidán are both guilty of terrible crimes in this story and the novel makes clear that there will never be an easy peace between the two races. While there are good and bad people in the novel, there are also a lot of shades of grey and terrible situations that move their hands.

In terms of structure, the novel flows well and I certainly never got bored despite its length. Adeyemi’s writing is very evocative and easy to read. However, it should be noted that the print edition has a very small font. If you have any visual impairment, I’d suggest buying an eBook of this novel. While I did love every minute of reading it, there were a few small things that frustrated me. The main one was the ending, as the novel broke off on a very abrupt cliffhanger which left a lot hanging for the sequel. The story also felt a lot like Avatar: The Last Airbender. If you’ve watched this excellent cartoon, you will recognise a number of characters and plot points that were lifted directly from this series.

In terms of character, I also had a few issues. On the whole, I loved the core cast. They were all very complicated characters who learned and developed through their experiences as the novel progressed. Zélie learned to not see the world in black and white, Amari found her courage and Inan was forced to choose between his duty to the throne or the people he would one day rule. However, the characters were all wildly indecisive. I appreciate that they were in a difficult situation, but Inan in particular would flip back and forth between wanting to destroy magic and protect it at a drop of a hat.

There were also a couple of romances in the story that felt really shoehorned in. After taking half the book to trust Amari, Zélie forgave and developed feelings for Inan within a couple of chapters. The relationship between Amari and Tzain also felt forced. They exchanged smiles a couple of times and then seemed to become a couple out of nowhere. Neither of these relationships felt very natural and I felt they could probably have been saved for a later story.

Anyhow, on the whole this is a really promising start to the series and, despite my issues, I would definitely recommend it. I am really excited to see what adventures the sequel will hold.

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