Children of Blood and Bone Age Rating and Parents Guide
Children of Blood and Bone Age Rating and Parents Guide

Children of Blood and Bone Age Rating and Parents Guide

Children of Blood and Bone is a young adult fantasy novel and is the first book of the Legacy of Orïsha book series by Nigerian-American novelist Tomi Adeyemi published in 2018 by Henry Holt Company.

Children of Blood and Bone follows heroine Zélie Adebola as she attempts to restore magic to the kingdom of Orïsha, following the ruling class kosidáns’ brutal suppression of the class of magic practitioners Zélie belongs to, the Maji.

SeriesLegacy of Orïsha
AuthorTomi Adeyemi
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Fiction
Age Rating14 and up
No of Pages544
PublishedMarch 6th, 2018
PublisherHenry Holt Company
Followed byChildren of Virtue and Vengeance
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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 was 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.

Children of Blood and Bone Age Rating

Children of Blood and Bone Age Rating is 14 and Up. It has depths of danger, resistance, power, fear, death, blood, and magic.

Children of Blood and Bone Parents Guide

VIOLENCE- There is a lot of violence throughout the novel and some scenes are pretty descriptive.
Characters are stabbed, hanged, burned alive, branded, in hand-to-hand combat, and lots of sad deaths,
Scenes of violence between family members.
 The main character is tortured.
LANGUAGE-  Some minor bad language; infrequent use of dammit, damn, hell, bastard.
ALCOHOL/ SMOKING- Alcohol or other intoxicants are present, but not a major component.
 One adult character smokes. Teens drink at a celebration.
One of the main characters gets a little drunk.
SEX- A couple of the main characters are attracted to each other.
There is one fade-out sex scene.
Some passionate kissing scenes between the main couple.
In a scene between magi who can enter people’s thoughts and magi who do not have that power: This is what I’m thinking. This is what’s going through my head. “You just get to dance around in my mind while I have no idea what’s going on in yours.’ ‘You really want to know?’ ‘Of course, I want to know! Do you realize how embarrassing it is to have no con–‘ I push her against the bark of the tree. My mouth pressed against her neck. She gasps as I run my hands up her back. A small moan escapes her lips. ‘This,’ I whisper. My mouth brushes her skin with each word.”
The Good Part- It also gives a message about racism (author’s note), without blatantly mentioning it.

Children of Blood and Bone Characters

  • Zélie- the protagonist of the novel, is Tzain’s younger sister and Mama and Baba’s daughter.
  • Amari- Amari is the Princess of Orïsha and Inan’s sister.
  • Inan- Inan is the loyal, level-headed heir to the throne of Orïsha and is Amari’s brother.
  • Tzain- Tzain is Zélie’s older brother and Mama and Baba’s son.
  • Binta- Binta is a servant in King Saran’s palace and is Amari’s only friend.
  • Admiral Kaea- Kaea is the fierce, no-nonsense second-in-command to King Saran.
  • Oliamilekan- Olamilekan is a sacred high priest of the Maji religion.
  • Mama Agba- Mama Agba is Zélie’s teacher, trains young women in Illorin to wield the staff—a self-defensive weapon she hopes they will never have to use.
  • King Saran- The iron-fisted ruler of Orïsha.
  • Mama- Tzain and Zélie’s mother and Baba’s wife.
  • Baba- After King Saran’s Raid, Tzain and Zélie’s father became a shell of the strong man he once was. In the wake of his wife’s murder and the everyday struggle of life under.
  • Kwame- Kwame lives among the secret divîner encampment in the jungle. He is a Burner, meaning he is a maji with power over fire.

About The Writer

Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. Her debut novel, CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE, comes out March 6th, 2018 and the movie is currently in development at Fox with the producers of Twilight and The Maze Runner attached.

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 3,500 subscribers at Her website has been named one of the 101 best websites for writers by Writer’s Digest.

Official website: Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone Age Rating and Parents Guide
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Children of Blood and Bone Age Rating is 14 and Up. It has depths of danger, resistance, power, fear, death, blood, and magic.


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