Tomi Adeyemi’s ground-breaking debut became a global phenomenon and instant #1 New York Times bestseller. THE LEGACY OF ORÏSHA continues with CHILDREN OF VIRTUE AND VENGEANCE

December 3, 2019

“A phenomenon.” — Entertainment Weekly

“The next big thing in literature and film.” — Ebony magazine

 Children of Blood and Bone by 24-year-old author Tomi Adeyemi has exploded into a global phenomenon. Entertainment Weekly called Adeyemi “the new J.K. Rowling” and readers and critics alike are calling this fantasy novel inspired by both West Africa and the American black experience ground-breaking, relevant, and impossible to put down.  The second book in this series, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, will be on sale December 3, 2019.

The series follows Zélie Adebola, a young woman on a quest to return the magic that was stolen from her people by an oppressive ruling class, while learning to embrace her own magic in an epic adventure set in a world that is both richly fantastical and uncannily reflective of our own society.

Picture Credit: Pan Macmillan
Picture Credit: Pan Macmillan

Adeyemi is a Nigerian American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego. She graduated from Harvard before receiving a fellowship to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil where she discovered Orïsha—deities belonging to the Yoruban people of southwest Nigeria—which became the inspiration for her breakout series, which has spent more than 80 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list.

The series will continue December 3, 2019 with Children of Virtue and Vengeance. In this next installment,  Zélie has finally succeeded in returning magic to the land of Orïsha, but the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too. Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.

Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, acquired Adeyemi’s debut series in March 2017 in a seven-figure pre-empt that constitutes one of the biggest debut young adult publishing deals of all time. The series is currently in development for feature film by Disney’s Fox/Lucasfilm.

Children of Blood and Bone: Book 1

Children of Virtue and Vengeance: Book 2

On sale December 3 2019 / Rs 450

About Macmillan:

Macmillan Publishers is a global trade book publishing company with prominent imprints around the world. Macmillan publishes a broad range of award-winning books for children and adults in all categories and formats. US publishers include Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Flatiron Books, Henry Holt and Company, Macmillan Audio, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Picador, St. Martin’s Press, and Tor/Forge. In the UK, Australia, India, and South Africa, Macmillan publishes under the Pan Macmillan name. The German company, Holtzbrinck Deutsche Buchverlage, includes among its imprints S. Fischer, Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Rowohlt, and Droemer Knaur. Macmillan Publishers is a division of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, a large family-owned media company headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.


One of the top five publishers in India, Pan Macmillan India is one of the newest and fastest growing publishers in the country today. Set up in 1998, Pan Macmillan India began full scale publishing operations in India in August 2010. Prior to this the company was distributing Pan Macmillan International titles in the Indian subcontinent along with its locally published titles under Picador India.

Some of Pan Macmillan’s authors include V.S. Naipaul, Aravind Adiga, Ramachandra Guha, Alan Hollinghurst, Jeffrey Archer, David Baldacci, Joe Biden, Justin Trudeau, Ken Follett, Danielle Steel, Oprah Winfrey, Robin Cook, Peter James, Nelson Mandela, Osho, Pope Francis, Carmine Gallo, Chris Guillebeau, Emma Donoghue, Roberto Bolaño, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Rita Chowdhury, Kristin Hannah, Cormac McCarthy, John Banville, Aatish Taseer, and Kunal Basu.

Pan Macmillan India started the publishing under the PICADOR INDIA imprint and soon included PAN & MACMILLAN imprints to cover its local commercial fiction and non-fiction publishing. The most recent inclusion to this list is the MACMILLAN POPULAR CLASSICS imprint. It exclusively distributes Seagull Books, Sounds True and Little Pearl Books in the Indian Subcontinent. 

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