Excited for Tomi Adeyemi’s CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE? Read an excerpt and check out book tour details to get properly hyped!
Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi‘s debut YA novel, has been getting a lot of buzz. There has been a lot of excitement over it, and that’s no surprise which you see the thrilling description and the beautiful cover. Between a seven-figure deal and FOX 2000 nabbing the film rights, this novel is clearly something good.
Read the excerpt for Children of Blood and Bone below!
Zélie and her brother Tzain, compete in a blood-soaked sea battle staged for the entertainment of the wealthy. Outnumbered and inexperienced, Zélie must draw on her newfound Reaper magic to win the competition and save their lives. The excerpt is from the perspective of Zélie as she sails into the ocean arena.
The horn sounds and I jump overboard, crashing into the warm sea with rushing speed. As I hit, our ship shakes.
The first cannons fire.
Vibrations shudder through the water, rippling through my core. Spirits of the dead chill the space around me; fresh kills from today’s games.
All right, I think to myself, remembering Minoli’s animation. Goose bumps prick my skin as the spirits near, my tongue curls at the taste of blood though I keep my mouth closed. The souls are desperate for my touch, for a way to return to life. This is it.
If I’m truly a Reaper, I have to show it now.
“Ẹmí àwọn tí ó ti sùn, mo ké pè yin ní òní—”
I wait for the animations to swirl out of the water before me, but only a few bubbles escape my hands. I try again, drawing from the energy of the dead, but no matter how hard I concentrate, no animations come forth.
Dammit. The air in my throat thins, going faster as my pulse quickens. I can’t do this. I can’t save us—
Excited? Well, not only that, check out the details for the Children of Blood and Bone book tour!
- Monday, March 5: Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego, CA
- Tuesday, March 6: Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park, CA in Conversation with Sabaa Tahir
- Thursday, March 8: Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, IL
- Saturday, March 10: NoVa Teen Book Festival
- Tuesday, March 13: Barnes & Noble Tribeca in New York, NY
- Wednesday, March 14: Books & Books in Coral Gables, FL In Conversation with Elizabeth Acevedo
- Thursday, March 15: Main Street Books in St. Charles, MO
- Saturday, March 16: Shady Ladies Literary Society in Detroit, MI
Here is also the synopsis of Children of Blood and Bone taken from Goodreads:
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and 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 the enemy.
Children of Blood and Bone will be arriving in bookstores on March 6, 2018. You can pre-order a copy via Amazon.