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Children of Blood and Bone

Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
5 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut Children of Blood and Bone.

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

Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled - Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden. 

Zélie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. 

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic - and her growing feelings for an enemy.

The movie of Children of Blood and Bone is in development at Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions with the incredible Karen Rosenfelt and Wyck Godfrey (Twilight, Maze Runner, The Fault in Our Stars) producing it.

©2018 Tomi Adeyemi (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Turpin’s captivating narration, with incantations sung in Yoruba, intense battles, and lively, devastating dialogue, makes this an audiobook not to be missed." (AudioFile)

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best book of 2018

I HV no words about how great this book is. it has been mind-blowingly amazing

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This is a must read.

For all adventurous children, but especially for all adventurous girls. We need more female saviours, more diversity, and more heroes of colour. This book has all of those things and is written and performed beautifully. This is on my list for birthday gifts for everyone this year.

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struggled to finish

Well written, just didn't get drawn in by the characters or story. I can see why others may love it though. Just not my cup of tea unfortunately.

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Doesnt Hold Back

This book doesnt hold back and has some of the best character developement I've read. Now the wait for the next installment begins

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-06-2018

Just read

Just read it. Listen to it.
Embrace the story told.
Let it be the push you need to make a difference in this world. Let this book be your eye opener to the problems all around us.

In our blood.
In our bones.
We are all the same.



When you are done, read the author's note.

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  • Aden
  • 29-03-2018

Children of Blood and Bone

I am not an avid reader but I choose my sources of entertainment wisely. I am very pleased to have “read” this book (I used Audible). Frantic pace, terrific world-building, interesting character arcs and wonderful action-packed adventure. I was hooked and cannot wait for the sequels.

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  • C. Valeria
  • 02-01-2019

Unforgettable

Many feelings awaken and burst out while listening to this incredible story of losses and encounters.
The world of Orisha is magical and the people in it become one with the reader and her voice. Bahni Turpin has become a favourite voice in my home. With the interpretation of Buhni and the words written by Tomi Adeyemi makes Children of Bone and Blood a book to keep home and in your heart.

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  • Cheryl-Jane
  • 21-09-2018

Loved it

This is the only fantasy book I’ve ever read that is based on black people and culture. I absolutely loved it - I can picture the bravery and strength of Zaile, Zain and Amari. I would love to watch this on the big screen! Fantastic narration as well.

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  • Dawn
  • 19-09-2018

wow...wow...wow!!!

I cannot wait for the next book in this series! Such an amazing story teller. I was gripped from the first paragraph. well done for inspiring so many and Thank You!

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  • Krisanne Phillips
  • 28-08-2018

A truly beautiful story!

This book was captivating from start to finish. you won't regret reading it, trust me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-04-2018

great book

amazing book, went on for hours and hours, couldn't get myself to pause for anything. great read

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  • Palesa
  • 16-04-2018

Wonderful

Wow!! This book had me gripped from beginning until the end. I loved the story and loved the performance too!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-06-2018

Horrible reading!!!!!

I'm sure it's a good book but the reading is horrendous!!! For lack of a better word to describe what I'm heading that feels like nails scratching my ears!!!!

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  • yanic
  • 12-06-2018

Horrible but so much potential

If you want to be frustrated this is the perfect book for it. Im guessing the author had a bet with someone about how frustrated she good get the readers to be. The gist of story is people with super powers are oppressed by people without any powers. You have the people without powers be supernaturally cruel killing women and children. Cutting children’s heads off and carving marks in females flesh. However each time someone uses magic everyone loses their shit. I heard they are gonna Make a movie or series about this book, i can tell its gonna be a gigantic flop. This book had so much potential

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-03-2018

Great story but Yoruba Speaker please!

Great story. I really enjoyed the book but I can't understand why a Yoruba speaking person did not read the Yoruba parts of the book. I couldn't understand what Bahni was saying and this was very frustrating not to mention disruptive to the flow of the story. To get full applaud, please get a Yoruba speaker to read the Yoruba parts. Thank you.

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  • Dipo
  • 01-04-2018

Awesome story..

Awesome and engaging book. The narrator did a brilliant job taking me on the journey. I only wish the Yoruba words were pronounced properly. Everything else was great

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  • Rosa
  • 17-03-2018

Incredible and stunning

A stunning story, characters, scenery... I felt like I was really there in Orisha. The world building and descriptions of magic are wonderful. I couldn’t stop listening. And the narration is just incredible, I have listened to a lot of audiobooks but the narration was the best I have ever heard, full of emotion and perfect for the story. I would recommend to any fantasy or YA fan. I just haven’t heard / read anything quite like it! Now I can’t wait for the second book 🙂

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  • Olivia Otamiri
  • 25-01-2019

Wonderful story - horrible narrating

Children of blood and bone was such a captivating story. I thoroughly enjoyed listening and following all of the characters unfold. I can't wait to read the next book.
However, something has to be said for the narrating performance of this story. The entire story happens in West Africa, Nigeria to be exact. The gross mispronounciations of ALL Yoruba words in this book is unacceptable. A lot of the incantation parts of the book had by far lost its meanings. What annoys me most is that publishers would never let English words be bastardised in the same manner and still go ahead with production so why is it acceptable for our stories? Our culture?
Please for the next book, let the narrator get coaching for how to pronounce the words properly so as to better promote the culture and heritage being explored.

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  • N. A. Eastman
  • 08-10-2018

Touched my soul

It’s been such a long time since I’ve been touched so deeply by a book. I experience the entire emotional spectrum to the point of shivers up my back. Such a blessing! Thank you xxx

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  • Busy bee
  • 15-02-2019

Powerful

One of the best narrators I have heard in Bahni Turpin. The story is fast paced, emotional, well written and the characters have depth and layers. It's quite violent though, perhaps a touch too much for younger YA readers. Looking forward to the next book.

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  • Stoichiometric
  • 14-02-2019

Fantastic Book. Very well read.

Gripping story. I was quickly hooked. Brilliantly read. I can't wait for book two to be released!

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  • Joe
  • 01-02-2019

Love it. Love it. Love it!

Amazing book. Fantastic story told from multiple perspectives and read with aplomb! Accents weren’t always Nigerian as the setting would suggest but still enthralling. Looking forward to the movie! They better give it a Game of Thrones/Black Panther budget to do it justice! Looking forward to the next book, it’s in my wish list ☺️

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-01-2019

AMAZING!!!

As an African this book resonated with me so much!!! please give it a read.

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  • Marika Blackham
  • 15-01-2019

interesting concept

Interesting concept but not really for me thank you. Not my cup of tea as was more of an American concept.