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Children of Blood and Bone

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Tomi Adeyemi

Narrated By: Bahni Turpin

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: March 2018

Duration: 18 hours 0 minutes


*Winner of the 2019 Audie Award for Audiobook of the year*

*This program is narrated by acclaimed reader Bahni Turpin, whose past work includes The Hate U Give and The Underground Railroad*

'Bahni Turpin's breathtaking narration of this exhilarating novel will keep listeners rooted to their seats, listening audiobook not to be missed.' - AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner

In Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut.
They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.
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.
Praise for Children of Blood and Bone:
'[Narrator Bahni Turpin] excels at customizing her voice to capture the unique personalities of each character...This excellent, refreshing performance of Adeyemi's exciting debut is recommended for all collections where fantasy is popular' - Booklist, Starred Review

"One of the biggest young adult fiction debut book deals of the year. Aside from a compelling plot and a strong-willed heroine as the protagonist, the book deals with larger themes, like race and power, that are being discussed in real time."-Teen Vogue


  • Lois U.

    Such an amazing book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Tiffany M.

    would like it

  • Anonymous

    This book wasn’t half as good as I had hoped it be. The message of colorism and institutional racism is clear but the delivery was mundane. I felt that it was unnecessarily lengthy and didn’t really take me on the adventure I’d hope it would I nearly returned it.

  • Jean D.

    Awakening read that made me fall in love with my culture under the spell of a new perspective!

  • Kelly G.

    Loved this book - the narration is amazing!

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