Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone

The fictional kingdom of Orïsha is the setting for the book, inspired by West Africa. It is comprised of a number of cities and includes regions in the desert, in the jungle, and on the coast. Many people in Orïsha, especially divîners and those who aid them, live in crippling poverty, while the monarchy reaps their taxes and labor.

Orïsha Quotes in Children of Blood and Bone

The Children of Blood and Bone quotes below are all either spoken by Orïsha or refer to Orïsha. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Henry Holt and Co. edition of Children of Blood and Bone published in 2018.
Chapter One Quotes

Deep down, I know the truth. I knew it the moment I saw the maji of Ibadan in chains. The gods died with our magic.

Related Characters: Zélie (speaker), Mama Agba
Page Number: 15
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Chapter Eleven Quotes

Yemi meets my eyes with a hatred that impales me like a sword. Though her mouth never opens, her voice rings in my skull. “Safe ended a long time ago.”

Related Characters: Inan (speaker), Yemi
Page Number: 108
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Chapter Thirty-Six Quotes

“Those are Father’s words, Inan. His decisions. Not yours. We are our own people. We make our own choices.”

“But he’s right. Inan’s voice cracks. “If we don’t stop magic, Orïsha will fall.”

Related Characters: Amari (speaker), Inan (speaker), King Saran
Page Number: 275
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Chapter Fifty-Four Quotes

A pit of guilt opens in my chest, tainted with the smell of burning flesh. The fires I watched from the royal palace resurface, the innocent lives burned before my young eyes. A memory I’ve pushed down like my magic, a day I longed to forget. But staring at Zélie now brings it all back: the pain. The tears. The death.

Related Characters: Inan (speaker), Zélie, King Saran
Page Number: 364
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Chapter Fifty-Six Quotes

The children of Orïsha dance like there’s no tomorrow, each step praising the gods. Their mouths glorify the rapture of liberation, their hearts sing the Yoruba songs of freedom. My ears dance at the words of my language, words I once thought I’d never hear outside my head. They seem to light up the air with their delight. It’s like the whole world can breathe again.

Related Characters: Zélie (speaker)
Page Number: 377
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Chapter Sixty-Six Quotes

In that instant it hits me: Zulaikha’s death. Zélie’s screams. They don’t mean a thing to him. Because they’re maji, they’re nothing. He preaches duty before self, but his Orïsha doesn’t include them. It never has.

Related Characters: Inan (speaker), Zélie, King Saran
Page Number: 432
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Chapter Seventy-Four Quotes

I stare at the blade; the inscription gleams in the moonlight. Its words simplify my mission, creating space for my pain. A soldier. A great king. That’s all I’ve ever wanted to be. Duty over self. Orïsha over Zélie.

Related Characters: Inan (speaker), Zélie, King Saran
Page Number: 476
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Chapter Eighty-Three Quotes

I cannot end it like this. If I do that, I’m no better than him. Orïsha will not survive by employing his tactics. Father must be taken down, but it is too much to drive my sword through his heart—Father pulls back his blade. Momentum carries me forward. Before I can pivot, Father swings his sword around and the blade rips across my back.

Related Characters: Amari (speaker), Inan, King Saran
Page Number: 513
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Orïsha Term Timeline in Children of Blood and Bone

The timeline below shows where the term Orïsha appears in Children of Blood and Bone. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter One
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Yemi, who is a privileged Orïshan, looks down on Zélie and calls her a “maggot” as they are fighting—which only excites... (full context)
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Mama Agba begins to tell a familiar story: in the past, the land of Orïsha was home to white-haired maji who could perform all kinds of magic from the gods.... (full context)
Chapter Eleven
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...King Saran, he repeats to himself, “Duty before self.” He must put the safety of Orïsha before his conscience. Yet he also thinks that these citizens are Orïsha. (full context)
Chapter Nineteen
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...sword, which Saran took as a sign of weakness. Saran  said that Inan must chose Orïsha over himself by fighting when he does not want to. So, Inan lunged at Amari... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-One
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...the first time, Inan stands shocked. He feels that he finally understands Saran. He knows Orïsha cannot survive if that kind of power exists—but, he also thinks he may be able... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Six
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...they can make their own decisions for themselves, as well as for the future of Orïsha. (full context)
Chapter Forty-Four
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...but he refuses, panicked. He says that he must keep his magic secret to save Orïsha, because it is the root of all Orïsha’s problems. But she counters that it is... (full context)
Chapter Forty-Seven
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...for her. He feels hopeless—he realizes now that instead of being the one to fix Orïsha, he is seemingly inextricable from the problem. Flooded by visions of Zélie’s memories of the... (full context)
Chapter Fifty-Five
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Zélie begins to believe Inan really does want to change Orïsha for the better, despite herself. Inan says he can’t bear to see any more blood... (full context)
Chapter Fifty-Nine
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...to give up his fear and violence toward the maji. He thinks they can unify Orïsha. Zélie is hopeful for a moment—but then she thinks, again, that magic is too dangerous.... (full context)
Chapter Sixty-Three
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...outweighs her fear. She knows he is at the core of hate and oppression in Orïsha. (full context)
Chapter Sixty-Five
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...and she reveals her identity. She also says that she is the future queen of Orïsha, deciding in that moment that she must circumvent the line of succession to gain the... (full context)
Chapter Sixty-Six
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After they kill Zélie, says Saran, they will parade her body around Orïsha to put down any thoughts of rebellion. He says there is no other way, because... (full context)
Chapter Seventy-One
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Tzain says they have to find Baba and escape Orïsha. Amari agrees, saying they will regroup and find another way to fight. But one of... (full context)
Chapter Seventy-Two
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...fears mercenaries are hiding in every nook and cranny. This is the only place in Orïsha where it is possible to live outside of the long reach of the monarchy. (full context)
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...As for his men, Zélie says they will be employed by the future queen of Orïsha. Grinning, Roën agrees to the deal. (full context)
Chapter Seventy-Four
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...his heart will make him a noble king. Secretly, Inan thinks that he must choose Orïsha over Zélie. He says he knows how they can get the scroll back. (full context)
Chapter Eighty-One
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...with her heartbreak, but he focuses on his goal of ending magic. He can’t let Orïsha burn. He seizes the scroll and tries to focus his magic on it to destroy... (full context)
Chapter Eighty-Five
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...all be together. But Mama says it is not his time, nor is it Zélie’s. Orïsha still needs her. The blackness begins to fade as Zélie yells that she cannot leave... (full context)