They killed my mother. They took our magic. They tried to bury us.


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 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 an enemy.


Cover Image for Children of blood and bone

I really enjoyed this book! I loved the characters, the setting, the pace… everything about it. And the cover! I closed it and looked at the image of Zelie so many times while reading. The only thing I don’t like about this book is the fact that I have to wait until next March for the second book in the trilogy. Slower readers may find it a bit repetitive in parts but I didn’t find myself bogged down by that, with the ongoing action and opportunities to learn more about the history and skills of the maji pulling me quickly through the story.

I am also excited about the upcoming movie. It is being produced by Karen Rosenfelt and Wyck Godfrey (Twilight, Maze Runner, The Fault In Our Stars, Love Simon, The Hate U Give) with no release date as yet. 

You can borrow ‘Children of blood and bone’ from Cockburn Libraries in any format your prefer: print, e-book or e-audiobook