We’re only two months into 2018, but writer Tomi Adeyemi is having the best year ever.
Last May, she made a deal rumored to be worth seven-figures with Fox 2000 to turn her debut book, Children of Blood and Bone —and the other two novels in her trilogy— into a film even before it was released. And now, the wait is almost over for the first book.
On Wednesday, Adeyemi shared an emotional video on Twitter of her opening the package and holding her book for the first time….and it gave us all the feels.
Adeyemi’s novel, Children of Blood and Bone, is rooted in African mythology and follows a character named Zélie as she struggles to restore magic to her nation after a power-hungry king has killed all those who wield it, including her mother.
Check out the synopsis from Adeyemi’s website:
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.
The novel has been described as “powerful” and “captivating” and Adeyemi has been hailed as one of the most promising voices in young adult fiction. And with a co-sign from Stephen King, it looks like she’s here to stay.
Children of Blood and Bone hits stores on March 6.