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Get the deets on Tomi Adeyemi’s debut novel.


Welcome to the Now We Rise Blog Tour, celebrating the release of Tomi Adeyemi’s highly anticipated debut novel, Children of Blood and Bone.

I’ve been excited to read this book since chatting with Adeyemi at last year’s BEA Book Expo—side note, she’s a delight—and the time has finally come! Children of Blood and Bone, the first in the Legacy of Orïsha series, released yesterday. I have yet to read it, but I’m pretty positive that I’ll enjoy it when I do so. (Review to come!)


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.


For the tour, we were given free reign to create a post based on the Maji clan we belong to:

As my birthday’s 12/12, I belong to the Grounder clan—wholly appropriate for someone as obsessed with The 100 as I am, don’t you think? I took the opportunity to create a mood board based on the clan’s ability to manipulate the earth.

Sources, clockwise from top left: Fernando Puente | Heather Shevlin | Karen Maes | screengrab | Patrick Hendry. Background: Ramin Khatibi. Quote: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen.

No, Octavia doesn’t have this ability, but her gritty Skaicru aesthetic is perfect for this type of magic.

What clan are you a member of?


Photo from the author’s website

Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she received a fellowship that allowed her to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. When she’s not working on her novels or watching Scandal, she can be found blogging and teaching creative writing to her 4,500 subscribers at Her website has been named one of the 101 best websites for writers by Writer’s Digest.

Her debut West African YA Fantasy novel is Children of Blood and Bone (Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan). The Children of Blood and Bone movie is in development at Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions with Karen Rosenfelt and Wyck Godfrey (Twilight, Maze Runner, The Fault In Our Stars) producing it.

Mandy Curtis's photo About the Author: Mandy is a small town girl living in a nerdy world, or—if you want to get literal—an editor/writer living in Austin, TX. In addition to yearning for YA books—the more dystopian or fantastical, the better—she can also be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.