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California Bones When Daniel Blackland was six he ingested his first bone fragment a bit of kraken spine plucked out of the sand during a visit with his demanding brilliant and powerful magician father Sebastian

  • Title: California Bones
  • Author: Greg Van Eekhout
  • ISBN: 9780765328557
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Hardcover
  • California Bones By Greg Van Eekhout, When Daniel Blackland was six, he ingested his first bone fragment, a bit of kraken spine plucked out of the sand during a visit with his demanding, brilliant, and powerful magician father, Sebastian.When Daniel was twelve, he watched Sebastian die at the hands of the Hierarch of Southern California, devoured for the heightened magic layered deep within his bones.Now, yearWhen Daniel Blackland was six, he ingested his first bone fragment, a bit of kraken spine plucked out of the sand during a visit with his demanding, brilliant, and powerful magician father, Sebastian.When Daniel was twelve, he watched Sebastian die at the hands of the Hierarch of Southern California, devoured for the heightened magic layered deep within his bones.Now, years later, Daniel is a petty thief with a forged identity Hiding amid the crowds in Los Angeles the capital of the Kingdom of Southern California Daniel is trying to go straight But his crime boss uncle has a heist he wants Daniel to perform break into the Hierarch s storehouse of magical artifacts and retrieve Sebastian s sword, an object of untold power.For this dangerous mission, Daniel will need a team he can rely on, so he brings in his closest friends from his years in the criminal world There s Moth, who can take a bullet and heal in mere minutes Jo Alverado, illusionist The multitalented Cassandra, Daniel s ex And, new to them all, the enigmatic, knowledgeable Emma, with her British accent and her own grudge against the powers that be The stakes are high, and the stage is set for a showdown that might just break the magic that protects a long corrupt regime.Extravagant and yet moving, Greg van Eekhout s California Bones is an epic adventure set in a city of canals and secrets and casual brutality different from the world we know, yet familiar and true.

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    1. Reviewed by Rabid ReadsI don t like to endorse stereotypes, but Urban Fantasy written by male authors is almost universally darker and grittier than UF written by females Obviously, within that much larger pool there are nonconformists Stacia Kane, Jane Wells, even Kelley Armstrong sometimes, but on the other side I can t think of one You ve got Simon R Green s UF noir, Richard Kadrey s severed heads kept in the closet for information, and even Jim Butcher, whose Harry Dresden series is decided [...]

    2. You ever have that experience where you finish a book, and are left feeling all discombobulated not sure exactly what time it is because the sun set while you were reading, and actually kind of hungry because you might have missed dinner California Bones did that to me.It wasn t an instant draw it had blipped across my radar long enough to make it onto my TBR list, but it wasn t until bookaneer s review that I was motivated it to move it up I picked it up from the library and was sucked into its [...]

    3. Actual rating 3.5 stars A strong stomach the whole magical system revolves around eating skulls, after all Strangely it didn t gross me out as much as I thought it would because I am weird , but you might need some adaptation time , let s say Also, Daniel licks someone else s cup at some point Ewww, right why this scene struck me like this is beyond me Okay I lied GERMS Purely original, though, and a breath of fresh air in this ocean of vampires, shapeshifters and other fairies Interesting chara [...]

    4. 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum 2015 02 27 bHave I mentioned how much I love a good heist I definitely would have jumped on this book a lot sooner had known the treat I was in for But there s also a lot to California Bones aside from being the ultimate fantasy crime caper novel Author Greg Van Eekhout also wraps it all up in a cool package featuring some amazing magic, setting his story up in a savage dystopian world.The magic system is based on osteomancy, the drawing of energy [...]

    5. Rating 4 of fiveThe Publisher Says When Daniel Blackland was six, he ingested his first bone fragment, a bit of kraken spine plucked out of the sand during a visit with his demanding, brilliant, and powerful magician father, Sebastian.When Daniel was twelve, he watched Sebastian die at the hands of the Hierarch of Southern California, devoured for the heightened magic layered deep within his bones.Now, years later, Daniel is a petty thief with a forged identity Hiding amid the crowds in Los Ange [...]

    6. I ll suck the power from your bones Imagine me saying that with some old crone s voice California Bones has a fresh, I ve never seen it done before, magic system in a alternate Los Angeles that hot damn, I would be scared to live in You know how you ve always been a bit jealous of those characters in movies or books that are magic users Alright so maybe you haven t, but I know I always have been so much so that whenever I play games I always roll myself as a mage They may be squishy and not have [...]

    7. Great ideas osteomancy magic derived from ingesting bones of ancient and mythology creatures the powers these creatures give off are pretty amazing post succession California CA left the Union some years ago and then split into North and South, and now they re constantly at war with each other and the Union post succession Los Angeles is an urban dystopic landscape that isn t void of life or color LA is still LA after all Southern CA is under the reign of a megalomaniac who s hoarding power and [...]

    8. Executive Summary Fun, quick read Interesting magic system, so so characters plot.Full ReviewThis book author wasn t on my radar at all until it was made the pick for Sword Laser I wasn t blown away by the blurb, so I decided to borrow from the library instead of buying it It was a VERY fast read, not only is it 300 pages, the word density per page is pretty low It made me feel like a speed reader It s not just the length though The plot moves along at a pretty good pace.It took me a while to wa [...]

    9. Warning People eat people to gain powers.My Summary Daniel s father was a powerful osteomancer, someone who can gain magical abilities from eating bones During one of the Hierarch s cullings Bad guy s excuse to kill people he s killed by powerful magicians and then the Hierarch himself gains his powers Yeah it s exactly how you think Years later Daniel s become a thief and his uncle a mobster type business man who essentially raised him since he was twelve wants him to break into the Hierarch s [...]

    10. There s something about a heist Maybe it s that peculiar combination of recklessness and calculation, that absolute guarantee of unforeseen circumstances and impressive feats of resourcefulness to combat them, that fast paced and adrenaline pumping game of strategy and deception Whatever the cause, heists have a bone deep magic all their own.For Daniel Blackland, it all started with a kraken spine He was a young child when he received his first taste of osteomancy, fed a scalding combination of [...]

    11. Read for the 2018 MacHalo Reading Challenge aka MMFBCE Ragtags Misfits Excuse me, the Hierarch said in a sandpaper voice I ll have him fresh For a while California Bones threatened to be just another heist book You know the story a gang of thieves gets back together for one last grand theft What s worse, Daniel Blackland himself looked suspiciously like a Gary Stu beloved leader, brilliant thief, powerful magician in hiding with a scarred, tragic past, everybody wants a piece of him for one reas [...]

    12. This book popped up on a friends Hi Carol update list a week or so ago and she was very enthusiastic about her experience with the book so I added it to my tbr list I was perusing the new release section of the library and what do you know, this was sitting there waiting for me.I blew through this in a couple of days and am really excited about the world building possibilities The setup is familiar, the son of a powerful man wizard, warrior insert your own favorite here has to learn how to go hi [...]

    13. This review was originally posted on Avid Reviews avidfantasyreviews.wordpressIt is not often that you run across a story that is completely unique, but California Bones definitely can be described as such It is a genre bending novel that is somewhere between urban fantasy, alternate history, and dystopian science fiction It takes place in Southern California where I lived throughout my college years though now I am back in Northern Cali and it was fascinating to read about the places I know so [...]

    14. 4.5 StarsVan Eekhout is an author who I wanted to check out long ago and never did This novel made me regret it It s a character driven heist, with an outstanding supernatural cast of characters You are what you eat I wonder if this was a statement that Van Eekhout thought about when he created his magic system It s a very unique take on magic where the mages consume the bones of animals and people to gain power Mostly the consume fossils of extinct mythological creatures Animals like mastodons [...]

    15. Imagine that all the mythical creatures dragons, krakens, basilisks, and so on were real, but now extinct, leaving only their bones Now imagine that consuming their bones bestowed upon you their magical abilities.Welcome to California Bones.Greg Van Eekhout has constructed a fantastic alternate universe Los Angeles, where osteomancers can breathe fire, turn invisible, breathe underwater, and even fly, but he s gone much further than that the existence of osteomancy has changed the development of [...]

    16. The start of this book is like a grisly car crash you can sense is coming but cannot look away from and I was sucked straight in In the opening scene we meet a Daniel Blackland who is being fed a piece of Krakken bone fragment by his father He is an Osteomancer meaning he draws magic from bone and flesh It is his first taste of magic and the start of his journey to become a living and breathing weapon Six years later his father is brutally killed and EATEN by the big bad Hierarch and Daniel must [...]

    17. I ve been meaning to read this for a while, and then got out of the mood for it when I had started it This time, I read it almost straight through It s basically a fantasy heist novel set against a really intriguing background of magic, politics and alternate history The magic is really interesting, and mostly it s introduced organically it s pretty much explained in the opening chapters, but that makes sense because Daniel is being taught osteomancy by his father The rest, we need to pick up as [...]

    18. It s not the book s fault that it feels like B grade Tim Powers that s all on Tim Powers for being both a master of the contemporary fantasy genre as well as intricately woven into the Californian landscape Van Eekhout does a wonderful job creating a clever magical world and overlaying it on southern California, which in his history seceded as did Northern California from the United States and is now a kingdom ruled by an ancient and tyrannical wizard called the Hierarch It s gritty and dark, pe [...]

    19. This was a bit of all right Apparently I m into magic now, as long as it involves detective constables or, here, criminal undergrounds and heists to steal magic swords, with all of the intricate planning that goes into such endeavors While I ve done away with my Editing Woe Meter for the most part since I started freelancing since I know now that editors yes, even me aren t as infallible as I d like them to be, there are some egregious things here that stuck in my craw a little For example, on p [...]

    20. mybookishways 2014 06 The California in California Bones is not like the one we know It s not part of the United States, and it s ruled by a shadowy figure called the Hierarch and his powerful Council of Six Los Angeles is in the Kingdom of Southern California, and is full of canals, a la Venice, and it s rud that a place called The Ossuary is located below ground, full of the Hierarch s personal magic stash basilisk teeth, griffin claws, the works The magic in Greg van Eekhout s California come [...]

    21. California Bones is a gritty, slightly canabalistic urban fantasy, but trust me, it s quite a good read I know, how can something be slightly canabalistic Either there are canabals or there are not Well, there are But, it s osteomancers that eat other osteomancers once they run out of their special magic bones to chomp down on Osteomancers are the magic users But not all osteomancers go to that extreme There is definitely one rather creepy scene that sets the tone for this, and leaves a lasting [...]

    22. You are what you eat In the world of CALIFORNIA BONES, magic exists even though there are few sources of it left At the top of the heap are the osteomancers, who get their power through consuming bones At the top of their heap is the Hierarch of Southern California, who keeps his power by periodically consuming his most powerful subordinates, including Daniel Blackland s father.Greg van Eekhout has created an inventive type of magic and a nightmarish bureaucracy that fuel a heist plot Now, I lov [...]

    23. I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed this book TOR was kind enough to send a copy for me to review and it did not disappoint As per my understanding this is Van Eekhout s first attempt at writing a novel for adult readers and he did one hell of a job The magic scheme was well thought out, granted I wish there was a bit explanation and development, but super unique none the less I could have gone for a bit world building as well but I don t think this book was written in the idea that it woul [...]

    24. originally posted at thebookplank 2014Did you already read the first sentence of the synopsis If you, as a fantasy reader like me, don t want to pick up this book I don t know whats wrong with you How cool is the promise of California Bones with the synopsis alone Eating bones fragments to give you magical powers, that sounds pretty awesome Added to this comes the idea of the heist theme in the story which only further makes California Bones a cracking read California Bones is written by Greg va [...]

    25. There was a bit of promise there in the first book, but a character rubbed me the wrong way, which took a little of the enjoyment out of it Plus December Distraction had a tight hold on me this year which may have made me miss some of the finer points.

    26. CALIFORNIA BONES has some of THE best, most creative world building I ve run across in a while The way magic is handled is drool worthy I mean, magic from bones How cool is that Sample chapters if you re interested booksforkids reviews And CALIFORNIA BONES is well written The word smithing is good READ IT Chances are you ll find it a satisfying read, be you Adult or Young Adult.The only problem I had with the book is that I m a member of a small cadre of folks that don t like Heist Adventures Wh [...]

    27. I was provided an advance copy by Tor.I was very excited going into this book The ideas seemed fresh Right out the gate I was enjoying the world that was built a familiar yet greatly fantastic version of Los Angeles Alternate history California where Walt Disney still lives as a wizard I was really enjoying it Then the plot reared its head and opportunities were lost An incredibly common plotline sits as the backbone of this potentially great story A thief tricked into pulling heists for manipu [...]

    28. I loved visiting La Brea Tar Pits as a kid, and a magic system that mines such fond childhood memories is truly enchanting.I love the alternate Los Angeles if magic were real world that Eekhout has created The reworking of LA history and culture was clever and entertaining The food references were a nice touch, and the primary magic system osteomancy was interesting, unique, and its implications were reasonably well explored I would have liked a clearer understanding of view spoiler how exactly [...]

    29. This was a fast, interesting read but not for the weak of stomach California Bones is the story of Daniel Blackland, son of a powerful oestemancer and a thief This is a gritty alternate history UF world of a California seeped with bone magic which broke away from the US and further into a Northern and Southern kingdom In the South the Hierarch rules with an iron fist literally consuming anyone who would rise to threaten him as power comes from the bones of old creatures and the bones of those wh [...]

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