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Children of Blood and Bone

Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Series: Legacy of Orïsha, Book 1
Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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Summary

Winner of Audiobook of the Year at the 2019 Audie Awards

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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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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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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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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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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I am so disappointed in this already!!!

I have read this book and loved the story. the imagination and creativity splendid! I had such high hopes for the audible! no offence to the reader, but could you not find a west African to read it? a Yoruba to pronounce the names and places properly? and the persons that did the male voices. please someone fire them! the lack of effort put into this book took so much from the books essence. An American faking a Nigerian accent is always disappointing. and at times she even forgets to fake and reads as an American. Kill me please!

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Wrong narrator for a nice story

I couldn’t get past the narrator’s accent and pronunciation of the Yoruba words. Surely they could have gotten a native Yoruba speaker to do the reading? The cringe-worthy pronunciation greatly detracted from my enjoyment of what was a very promising story. I hope they don’t make the same mistake with the movie.

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Good book, BUT i’m trying to hold out till the end...

As a reader who absolutely loves books and stories based on African heritage and culture. I'm struggling a bit with this book. There's part in this book that is slightly sluggish and you almost want the scene to end FAST!

I feel this book has a great story, just a little dragged out in certain parts.

The mispronunciation of Yoruba words is also very extremely frustrating to hear. It's worthwhile this audiobook is re-record to really deliver the cultural context of this book and deliver it at its full capacity.

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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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Incredible

I fell in love with the world Tomi created. The story was rich and gripping and I enjoyed every second of it. Truly incredible!

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Amazing powerful fantasy

Gripping story of a fantasy set in a mythical Nigeria with magic. Powerful well developed characters. Just all over great. Worth reading a few times. Griping right to the end.

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  • nonikiwe
  • 28-04-19

Magical Read

Wow what an amazing story, so perfectly written and perfectly read. Thank you Tomi Adeyemi

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-06-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-04-18

great book

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

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  • Aden
  • 29-03-18

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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  • lewis godsell
  • 04-02-20

Very enjoyable

A very enjoyable story with good characters and a great performance by the narrator.
Like the vast majority of YA novels the romance was by far the weakest part of the story. The mc didn’t need a romantic interest and in my opinion would have been a stronger character without it. Reduced my rating by one star because of it.
Well worth the listen and now looking forward to the next in the series.

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  • Vasile Poenaru
  • 12-09-19

A Mesmerizing Story

This book about magic is magic itself. Tomi Adeyemi's gift is turning everything into mystery and force. I enjoyed every bit of it and I am looking forward to getting the next books in the trilogy. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Tomi.
A special comment concerning the author's note at the end of the book: may God and humankind never allow genocide again--starting now! That note brought tears to my eyes.

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  • C. Valeria
  • 02-01-19

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
  • 21-09-18

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
  • 19-09-18

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
  • 28-08-18

A truly beautiful story!

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