Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone

by

Tomi Adeyemi

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Oliamilekan Character Analysis

Olamilekan, who goes by Lekan, is a sêntaro—a sacred high priest of the maji religion. In keeping with tradition, he has swirling white Yoruba markings all over his body (Yoruba is the language of the gods) and possesses a deep knowledge of maji ritual and history. He is extremely wary because, thanks to the Raid, he is the last of his kind.
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Oliamilekan Character Timeline in Children of Blood and Bone

The timeline below shows where the character Oliamilekan appears in Children of Blood and Bone. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Seventeen
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...are gone. A man with white patterns painted on his skin appears (later revealed as Lekan). He accuses the teenagers of stealing the scroll from his people, directing his ire at... (full context)
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It seems that the man (Lekan) is going to kill them, until Zélie begins to talk about the vision she saw... (full context)
Chapter Eighteen
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...sêntaro, a kind of high priest to the maji. He introduces himself as Olamilekan, or Lekan for short. (full context)
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Lekan leads Zélie, Amari, and Tzain to a vast central chamber decorated with beautiful murals of... (full context)
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Lekan also explains that, every century, the scroll, the sunstone, and the bone dagger must be... (full context)
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Lekan says that the centennial solstice is approaching, and it will be a final chance to... (full context)
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The ritual must be performed by a woman. If Lekan performs a ceremony to connect Zélie to the Sky Mother, he says, she can be... (full context)
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Lekan begins the ceremony to connect Zélie to the Sky Mother: he cuts Zélie’s hand with... (full context)
Chapter Twenty
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...sense thrumming all around. Zélie, Tzain, Amari and Nailah creep across a rickety bridge as Lekan holds off Inan and the guards with powerful magic. As Zélie is crossing the bridge,... (full context)
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Suddenly, Zélie finds herself lifted by white light—Lekan’s magic. But while he is turned towards her, Admiral Kaea plunges her sword into his... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-One
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...the first time, Inan allows his magic to unfurl. With it, he sees visions of Lekan’s life in the temple. (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Four
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Inan wanders through Chândomblé, experiencing visions of Lekan’s life. He enters the room decorated with murals of the gods and is shocked by... (full context)
Chapter Sixty-Three
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...in a dark chamber. She thinks of all of those who died in vain, including Lekan and Zu. She thinks with horror about whether Inan could have betrayed her, after all... (full context)