Tomi Adeyemi’s debut book ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ has been described as a ‘Black Lives Matter-inspired fantasy novel’.
Fox 2000 was so impressed with the 23-year-old’s writing it decided to snap up the film rights before the novel was even released.
The film company hopes it will be as successful as its other young adult franchises ‘Twilight’ and ‘Maze Runner’.
Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group had previously won a bidding war to publish her trilogy of books, according to Deadline.
Children of Blood and Bone tells the story of a dark skinned girl who takes on an empire.
Children of Blood and Bone 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.
Ms Adeyemi, who is Nigerian-American, said she was more interested in inspiring young black girls rather than earning a lot of money.
‘I want a little black girl to pick up my book one day and see herself as the star,’ she wrote on her blog.
‘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.’
Ms Adeyemi, from San Diego, California, studied English Literature at Harvard University and later moved to Brazil to take a course in West African Mythology and Culture.
Children of Blood and Bone does not yet have a release date.