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Last year, 23-year-old Nigerian Harvard graduate Tomi Adeyemi scored a million-dollar book + movie deal for her Young Adult trilogy. The movie, with rights acquired by Fox 2000, is currently in development with Karen Rosenfelt and Wyck Godfrey (who’d worked on Twilight, Maze Runner, and The Fault In Our Stars) as producers. This trilogy is being published by Macmillan’s Children Publishing Group.

The first book in the trilogy is Children of Blood and Bone: Legacy of Orisha. Drawing heavily from Yoruba cosmology, it tells the story of Zelie Adebola and her fight to bring back magic to to her homeland called Orisha. Here is a synopsis:

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.

It was published on March 6 and can be bought HERE.

But also available, on Fierce Reads, are chapters one to six of the book, in a single PDF.

Download it HERE.

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

One Response to “Tomi Adeyemi’s “Children of Blood and Bone” | Read Chapters 1-6” Subscribe

  1. Anon 2018/03/22 at 17:50 #

    Understandably, this is a first person narrative, and so it should make use of I, me, us, we. But the I’s are so many, it’s difficult for me to feel the story and view it objectively. Not impressed.

    Proper Nigerian speaking here.

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