All posts tagged: Tomi Adeyemi

Black Books in Your Local Bookshop this March

I love going into Waterstones and just having a root around their shelves to see which black writers they have in store. Some days I’ll discover a new author, other days I get to rejoice over a familiar book that’s been reissued with a new jacket design.  It’s been quite a few a while since my last visit to my favourite Waterstones in Piccadilly Circus so there was plenty for me to appreciate this week. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton Two fantasy novels. Two black authors. Both highly anticipated and buttressed with serious marketing dollars. I hope this is a taste of things to come. Children of Blood and Bone Synopsis: Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled – Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without …

Black authors soar with high fantasy

Two pieces of bookish news have me very excited this week. First up, Tomi Adeyemi. She’s a 23-year-old, Harvard graduate who’s just signed a seven-figure book deal. Over the Easter weekend I got a google alert link to Metro news with the headline, Writer lands seven figure deal for ‘Black Lives Matter-inspired’ fantasy novel. The book is called Children of Blood and Bone, it doesn’t have a release date yet but the film adaptation is already in development with Fox 2000. If that’s not baller I’m not sure what is. The story is set in West Africa and centres on a young girl with magical abilities, living in a world that persecutes those with her skin tone and her gifts. Following the murder of her mother, the girl finds a magic scroll with the power to preserve and secure magic on earth for another century. But first she must outmanoeuvre the Crown Prince who wants to wipe out magic forever.