Children of Blood and BoneBook - 2018
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IndyPL_AngieL Jun 21, 2019
“Children of Blood and Bone” is the first book in the “Legacy of Orisha” series by Tomi Adeyemi. This very well-written teen book tells the story of Zelie Adebola and her great desire to bring magic—long forbidden by the monarchy--back to her land of Orisha, a mythical city in West Africa. The ... Read More »
"Seventeen-year-old Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy."
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Having received a lot of attention and praise for it's depiction of some African tribal traditions, Tomi Adeyemi tells the story of a magical people called Diviners who are hunted and butchered by the tyrant king of Orïsha for fear of the threat their magic poses to his rule.
Zelie lives in an oppressive world where those who have magic have been killed and all hope has been lost. She sets on an epic quest to return magic to her kingdom and destroy the regime. Based on West African mythology and the Yoruba people, this high fantasy YA novel is thrilling and immersive.... Read More »
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AliceInWonderbread thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over
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Sexual Content: Inan and Zel hug and then Inan touches Zel all over her body. There are also no more than 4 references to seduction. And the way the maji were treated by others is a bit scary. They are sometimes sent to brothels among other things.
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As it fades, I see the truth - in plain sight, yet hidden all along. We are all children of blood and bone. All instruments of vengeance and virtue. This truth holds me close, rocking me like a child in a mother's arms. It binds me in its love as death swallows me in its grasp.
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Once, Orïsha was the land of maji, ten powerful clans, each with their own unique powers to command earth or water, life or death. But eleven years ago, King Saran conducted the Raid, cutting the maji off from their gods, and killing every practitioner old enough to have come into their powers. Only the divîners remain. Children at the time of the Raid, they will live their entire lives under the heel of the Royal Guard, derided as maggots, never coming into their inheritance. It seems that the gods have abandoned Orïsha. But tension is brewing in the royal family. Princess Amari’s best friend is a divîner named Binta, who serves as her chamber maid, and Prince Inan is hiding a dark secret of his own. Having lost her mother in the Raid, a young divîner named Zélie harbours a deep resentment for the royal family, and a longing for the Reaper powers she should have inherited on her thirteenth birthday. Instead, she trains to fight with a staff, and dreams of a day when the divîners will rise up against their oppressors. But the gods have plans to throw some unusual allies in her path.