Now that The Hunger Games and Twilight are relics of a past time, new writers are giving voice to entirely new worlds and franchises that are reflections our current times.
Up next is 23-year old Tomi Adeyemi. Though Adeyemi’s debut novel, Children of Blood and Bone has not yet been released, she has already snagged a massive blockbuster deal at Fox 2000 studios for her entire trilogy.
Described as an “Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Black Lives Matter,” Adeyemi’s mystical fantasy trilogy follows Zélie of the Orïsha tribe. A summary on Adeyemi’s website reads, “With magic, Zélie’s family could stand against the royal guard. Her people wouldn’t live in fear.Her mom wouldn’t have hanged from that tree. Years after the king wiped magic out of Orïsha, Zélie has one chance to bring it back. To do so, she’ll have to outwit and outrun the crown prince, who’s hell-bent on erasing magic for good.”
This recent Harvard graduate is about to take both the literature and film world by storm with a trilogy that not only pushes stories of color to the forefront but highlights black girls who are continually looked over in popular culture. On her blog, the 23-year old wrote, “I want a little Black girl to pick up my book one day and see herself as the star. I want her to know that she’s beautiful and she matters, and she can have a crazy, magical adventure even if an ignorant part of the world tells her she can never be Hermione Granger.”
There is no official release date for Children of Blood and Bone yet, but if we could guess, it will be released in 2018. You can check out the official logline for the trilogy via Deadline here.
Will you be grabbing a copy of Children of Blood and Bone when it drops?