NEXT BIG THING: Tomi Adeyemi
AUTHOR TOMI Adeyemi has landed a seven figure book-and-movie deal for her first novel, Children of Blood and Bone, which is described as a “Black Lives Matter-inspired fantasy novel.”
The film rights were purchased by Fox 2000 before the novel was released, and they're hoping that the future project will be just as being as successful as other YA franchises including Twilight and Maze Runner.
Children of Blood and Bone tells the story of a dark-skinned girl who takes on an empire.
What we know of the story so far is that the main protagonist is Zélie, a girl who at six years old watched the king’s guards hang her mother on a tree outside her home. Set in a kingdom where dark skin is loathed because of the magic inherent to the Orishans (who are dark skinned), Zélie sets off 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.
Billed as the “next big thing in YA fiction,” Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, who graduated from Harvard before receiving a fellowship to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil.
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