Winner of the The Tonight Show's Summer Reads

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

THE #1 NYT BESTSELLER | Official Winner of the The Tonight Show’s Summer Reads!









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What is the book all about?

  • Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were 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 an enemy.

4.3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads

According to one Goodreads reviewer, C.G. Drews, “Children of Blood And Bone is such a rich and excellently built fantasy world my opinion is just: WOW. I also feel like this book is most definitely mega-hyped but worth it, ohhh so worth it. The writing is stunning, but we just need to all sit down in a bucket and admire the world building. And the characters go from headstrong-little-stubborn-darlings-making-bad-decisions to headstrong-little-stubborn-darlings-making-bad-decisions-BUT-WITH-MAGIC-AND-EMOTIONS which is excellent development.

So the world building was definitely masterpiece here for me. I always get so disgruntled when fantasies presented half-baked worlds. NOT HERE. I also think it did a great job building the world as you go instead of info-dumps. Although there are a lot of characters (and I mean, like MORE THAN 3 which is intense omg hold me) so it took me a long time to get everyone straight. But this is coming from someone who also can’t remember their siblings names. So.It actually has 3 POVs! We have Zélie, Amari, and Inan…and then are FABULOUS. Zélie is the headstrong magical child who was my absolute FAVOURITE for her character development, badassery, and raw emotion. Amari is the naive princess who ends up being super fierce. (Also she and Zélie fight a LOT because they’re enemies at the beginning…BUT THEN THEIR FRIENDSHIP IS SO POWERFUL AND EXCELLENT.) And Inan is the misguided prince who spends the whole book being an ass but then I felt bad for him. SO. INAN.

And the plot is all action and finding magical objects and running for your freaking life. As it should be in a fantasy. Basically these troubled threesome (along with Zélie’s brother Tzain) are trying to bring magic back but they’re also messy teens who make mistakes and I loved watching them grow!OTHER THINGS TO LOVE• epic female friendship that is actual goals• the ending was an absolute riot of a ride• mY heART GOT LOST WOW• character development is A+• lots of emphasis on glorious hair which is what I’m here for• no one is ever what they seem• slightly absolute dire need for the next book has hit me

Definitely one to keep your eyeballs on, people! It’s a not-to-be-missed epic fantasy.”

What is the Hype?

Children of Blood and Bone was the official winner of The Tonight Show Summer Reads!

Since Children of Blood and Bone won it is Selected as the featured book of the Jimmy Fallon Book Club!

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About the author of this book!

Tomi Adeyemi

Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. After graduating from Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she studied West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. Visit her at