A 23-year old Nigerian, US-based writer, Tomi Adeyemi’s debut novel, ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ have been signed for a movie by Fox 2000.
Deadline reported that the deal is considered one of the one of the biggest YA debut novel publishing deals ever, as it raked in a nearly 7-figure deal from the media house.
The writer also got a publishing deal at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.
The novel is regarded as unusual because the media house usually buy novels built around white characters, but Tomi’s novel is said to be a Black Lives Matter-inspired fantasy.
The plot of the novel reads,
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.