If you don't know the name Tomi Adeyemi, you will soon. At just 23, she landed the deal of a lifetime: Not only did she sign a three-book deal with Macmillan, but her first book has already been optioned for a movie by Fox 2000. According to Deadline, both deals are in the seven-figures range. Oh, and that book hasn't even been published yet.
The first book in the to-be-named trilogy is Children of Blood and Bone. The YA novel is being called a Black Lives Matter-inspired fantasy, according to Deadline, who got this summary:
The protagonist is Zélie, who at six years old watched the king’s guards hang her mother on a tree outside her home. She never forgot it. In the beginning, every Orïshan was a magi: born with dark skin, stark white hair and the blessing of the god’s magic once they reached adulthood. Yet over time, their population dwindled and they became Orïsha’s minority. Magic became a thing to loathe, dark skin transformed into a thing to hate. Ten years after the raid that killed her mother and took away magic forever, Zélie Adebola has one chance to bring magic back. Through a fortuitous encounter with the Princess Amari, Zélie comes into possession of a sacred scroll necessary to restore a connection to the gods and secure magic for another hundred years. This sets the young women on a quest to end the senseless violence and oppression by the lighter-skinned royal class. Danger lurks in this west-African inspired world, where lionnaires and cheetanaires roam, and the beautiful villages built over oceans, out of sand or forged in iron hide a dark underbelly of slavery and corruption. They find themselves pitted against a crown prince bent on wiping out magic for good.
It's no wonder the book landed one of the biggest deals for a debut in YA history -- or that it was snatched up by a Fox 2000. Sadly we'll have to wait until 2018 to get our hands on this book!
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