American-Nigerian award winning Author, Tomi Adeyemi unveils the cover to her second book, titled Children of Virtue and Vengeance. This will be the second book the bestselling author will be releasing, as this new book is a follow up to the Children of Blood and Bone’.
According to the interview she granted Essence magazine, the Children of Virtue and Vengeance is the continuations of her Orisha trilogy which expands on the themes presented in the first book (Children of Blood and Bone).
Speaking to Essence on the new book, she said:
“What I’m really most excited about is groups. I love groups and [exploring] group dynamics,” she said.
“I just love being able to have more characters to play off with and explore different things with.”
“For me, as a human, Children of Blood and Bone was really painful. And it was…all my stories are going to be painful but Children of Blood and Bone was a lot of personal pain. With Children of Virtue and Vengeance, I got to step back.”
On the coming up with the cover of her new book Children of Virtue and Vengeance and her book characters, she said:
“The whole story of Children of Blood and Bone came from me seeing two pieces of Black art, eight months apart. They were basically the first pieces of black art I had ever seen in my life.”
Adeyemi said it was important that the cover of her book depicts “black people and black women,” adding that it’s no mistake that [protagonist] Zélie’s hair goes from straight on the cover of Children of Blood and Bone to 4C on the cover of Children of Virtue and Vengeance.
Still, finding the right artist for the job wasn’t easy but Adeyemi eventually stumbled upon artist Sarah Jones, whose work the author calls “powerful.”
“I gave Macmillan a list of artists. And I said, ‘Sarah Jones is my top choice.’ And they contacted her,” Adeyemi said. “[Her work] was so black and it was so elegant, and it was so powerful, and it was so majestic, and that’s everything I wanted for Zélie.”
“A few days after granting this interview with Essence, she took to her Instagram to make a personal announcement and unveiling of the cover of ther new book, with this caption:
You guys ??? ive spent most of my life writing alone in my room & still spend most of my life writing alone in my room. it helps me stay sane, but it also makes me forget the incredible readers im creating for. the way you guys celebrated this cover blew me AWAY ? getting to this was a process, but i wanted something that would build on the beautiful statement made by CBB’s cover and make all the little zélie’s out there proud.
Thank you for continuing to embrace this story and this character with love and if you can spare a second, please give a massive shout out to @sjonesconcepts- this incredible artist basically broke her arm to create this as quickly as she did – i wish she was joking. She cared so much about getting zélie’s 4C hair right that she CREATED HER OWN paintbrushes to make it happen. and please give a shout out to @mallorygrigg who hopped on this process guns blazing, brought a wonderful fresh perspective; and never shied away from my very tiring demand for perfection (lol) love you guys and cannot wait to share #childrenofvirtueandvengeance with you on December 3rd!! #vengeanceontheseheauxes (and yes this is a thing now – after careful thought, we will start every book 2 event chanting “VENGEANCE ON THESE WHAT??” “VENGEANCE ON THESE HEAUXES!!”
“I SAID VENGEANCE ON THESE WHAT??” you get it”