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{September 1, 2020}   September Book of the Month: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Each month, I’m going to try to upload a Young Adult novel recommendation. For September, I recommend the dystopian fantasy/elemental novel, Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi (think The Last Airbender in terms of magical powers).

Published in 2018 and told from multiple 1st-person character perspectives, this novel is a whirlwind of action-packed battles, triumphs, and tribulations as the main characters go on a quest to bring back magic to the land. It’s a powerful, engaging read for all! Children of Blood and Bone is the first installment in the YA West African Fantasy trilogy, “Legacy of Orïsha.”

I really suggest listening to the audiobook if you can–it’s read by Bahni Turpin and is very well done!  Enjoy!


Synopsis from Goodreads: 

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

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.


About the Author:


“Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. Her debut novel, CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE, [came out] March 6th, 2018, and the movie is currently in development at Fox with the producers of Twilight and The Maze Runner attached. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she received a fellowship that allowed her to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. When she’s not working on her novels or watching Scandal, she can be found blogging and teaching creative writing to her 3,500 subscribers at Her website has been named one of the 101 best websites for writers by Writer’s Digest.”

“Tomi Adeyemi (Author of Children of Blood and Bone). Goodreads,


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