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Children of Blood and Bone
Contributor(s): Adeyemi, Tomi
ISBN: 1250170974     ISBN-13: 9781250170972
Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
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Product Type: Hardcover
Published: March 2018
Annotation: Coming of age in a land where her magi mother was killed by the zealous king's guards along with other former wielders of magic, Zélie embarks on a journey alongside her brother and a fugitive princess to restore her people's magical abilities. A first novel. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Brothers and sisters; Fiction.
Magic; Fiction.
Prejudices; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017945039
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Series: Legacy of Orisha
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.25" H x 6.25" W x 1.50" (1.50 lbs) 531 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #3)
When magic suddenly disappears from the kingdom of Orïsha, King Saran seizes the chance to murder all the maji (rare and powerful magic-wielders), leaving alive only the divîners (children born to be maji but too young to have yet developed their powers). Eleven years later, Zélie, a divîner whose mother was murdered in the raid, is at the market when Saran's daughter Amari begs for her help. The princess has stolen a magical scroll, which, when Zélie touches it, awakens her power to command the dead. Joined by Zélie's brother Tzain and pursued by Amari's brother Inan (whose own power comes to life when he accidentally touches the scroll), Zélie and Amari set out to use the scroll to restore magic to Orïsha permanently. Zélie, Amari, and Inan share narrative duties, and each has a compelling growth arc, particularly Zélie, whose initial self-doubt is eased by reliance on her hard-won martial skills and her increasing love of magic, but who suffers a paralyzing crisis of confidence at the climax. The delicious romantic tension that develops between Zélie and Inan and between Amari and Tzain adds extra layers of complication and reader engagement. References to Nigerian culture and geography (Yoruba is the language of magic here) give this fantasy a distinct flavor, further distinguished by the intensity of emotion evoked by the impassioned (if occasionally overly dramatic) prose. anita l. burkam Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 January #1)

Eleven years ago, King Saran cemented his grip on the throne by banishing magic from Orïsha and slaughtering the realm's maji—Zélie Adebola's mother included. The maji's descendants—dark-skinned, white-haired people called divîners—have lived under tyranny ever since, but now there is cause for hope. Thanks to information gleaned from Saran's kindhearted daughter, Amari, 17-year-old Zélie has a chance to restore magic to Orïsha and activate a new generation of maji. First, though, Zélie, Amari, and Zélie's brother Tzain must outrun the crown prince, Inan, who is determined to finish what his father started by eradicating magic for good. Book one in the Orïsha Legacy trilogy, Adeyemi's devastating debut is a brutal, beautiful tale of revolution, faith, and star-crossed love. By making tangible the power that comes from embracing one's heritage, Adeyemi conjures a story that resonates with magic both literal and figurative while condemning apathy in the face of injustice. Complex characters, colossal stakes, and a kaleidoscopic narrative captivate, and the book's punishing pace catapults readers to a jaw-dropping conclusion that poses as many questions as it answers. Ages 14–up. Agent: Alexandra Machinist and Hillary Jacobson, ICM. (Mar.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 March)

Gr 9 Up—Zélie Adebola, 17, remembers the night of the raid in her village 11 years earlier. Her mama was chained by her neck and lynched with other maji by the forces of ruthless King Saran of Orisha. King Saran hates magic and considers it the source of all evil, so he targets and exterminates the maji, who worship ancestors and practice magic. Now, they live hopelessly as servants, slaves, stockers, and prisoners. Zélie strives to bring back magic in Orisha, so she becomes the main target of King Saran's maji cleansing campaign. She sets out on her spiritual journey with her athletic brother Tzain and pet lioness Nailah. They encounter an unexpected ally. Princess Amari of Orisha escapes from her estate of Lagose after witnessing the murder of Binta, her maji best friend and handmaiden, at her father's merciless hands. Zélie, Tzain, and Amari go on the run to restore magic in Orisha. Adeyemi's debut and series opener is a revelation. She has brilliantly woven the Yoruba language and culture into a complex and epic tale. Readers will appreciate the intergenerational cast. Teens won't feel lost in this lengthy tome because of the excellent use of flashbacks and backstories. The violence can be extreme at times, but it doesn't feel exploitative, and themes of female empowerment make this especially relevant. VERDICT This extraordinary literary work offers a refreshing YA fantasy with an all—West African cast of characters that should be on every shelf.—Donald Peebles, Brooklyn Public Library

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.