I’m excited out of my mind today to be hosting a Q&A with the famous author of Children of Blood and Bone!
Am. just. STARSTRUCK RIGHT NOW. Tomi Adeyemi’s debut has basically devoured the world and the hype is real, peoples. I’m super pleased I had a chance to read an ARC and chat with the author.
We also have a review and giveaway at the end of this post!!
Feel free to flail awkwardly with me, because you better believe that’s what I’m doing.
Thanks to Pan Macmillan Australia for organising the opportunity for this fabulous feature!
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.
Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative-writing coach based in San Diego, California. After graduating from Harvard University with an honours degree in English Literature, she studied West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. When not writing novels or watching Scandal, Tomi teaches and blogs about creative writing at tomiadeyemi.com, named one of the 101 best websites for writers by Writer’s Digest.
It holds some of my favourite scenes in the book!
In a scene reminiscent of Hamlet, 3 spirits are talking to the protagonist and say something along the lines of “you children of blood and bone” and I instantly knew that was the title. It was almost changed, but it ended up staying and I’m so happy that it did!
@TomiAdeyemi: It’s been a wild ride! I’ve been writing my whole life and working on books with the hope of getting published for 5 to 6 years. The first book I tried to get published took me 4 years, but didn’t go anywhere. However, I learned everything that I needed to learn about writing and publishing with that book, so it will actually always be the most valuable book I ever wrote for everything that it taught me!
With this book, the process was fast, but it was intense. The final product is almost 600 pages that were rewritten more times than I can count over an intense 18-month period, so it was a labor, but I am very proud of the final product.
@PaperFury: I love your attitude about the book that never got published…so so much truth there. (Also much relate because my first book did the same! But we learn and go forward, yes?!) Do you have a specific writing space or do you write anywhere/anytime?
Now I’m trying to write book 2 4-5 days a week and focus on putting book 1 into the world on one day a week. It doesn’t always end up so nice and neat, but having guidelines helps me stay balanced and efficient.
The hardest part is revision. It’s the most rewarding part, but I’m the type of person who cares about every single word on the page and when you have 140,000 words in your book, it’s a process that can drive you insane!
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!
- 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
OPEN TO AUSTRALIA ONLY.
Also, super fun, but there’s a hashtag called #NowWeRise celebrating Children of Blood and Bone and if you do something creative to go towards it, you can get a ton of extra points for the giveaway! The format of your post is up to you – initial ideas include a visual image, a video, an original story of your creation, or a personal story from your life that connects to the theme. Additional ideas include lists, fancasting, playlists, moodboards, or recipes. Let your imagination go wild!