Read in November 2011
In a place where an ancient holocaust devastated civilization and caused most of the world’s water to evaporate, a new civilization has arisen–where sand ships cross the deserts between city-states, where bones are used to work magic of all kinds. Charisat is the greatest of city-states, the Imperial seat where your status is determined by how high up the tiers of the city you live. Khat is a trader and sometime thief, one of a race genetically altered to survive in these new conditions. Elen is a scholar and a lady who is investigating the ancient ruins, looking for the secrets of their magic. Together they must solve a mystery involving a fanatical cult whose members are trying to unleash an evil that will topple Charisat–and from there, destroy the world again
I enjoyed Martha Wells writing, especially the action scenes, but the ending left me in the lurch. While I cared about the main characters, I didn’t care for the configuration and alignments that fell out in the end.
GR Status Updates:
|11/22/2011||page 48||10.0%||“Starting Chapter Three”|
|11/22/2011||page 105||22.0%||“Starting Chapter Six” 2 comments|
|11/25/2011||page 184||38.0%||“Starting Chapter Nine”|
|11/28/2011||page 238||49.0%||“Starting Chapter Twelve”|
|11/30/2011||page 307||63.0%||“Starting Chapter Fifteen”|
|11/30/2011||page 326||67.0%||“‘The luck was nice, but it left him uneasy, knowing the more he had of it now, the more likely it was to fail spectacularly at some later point.’ –Khat”|
|11/30/2011||page 377||77.0%||“Starting Chapter Eighteen”|
|11/30/2011||page 420||86.0%||“Starting Chapter Twenty-one”|
2 thoughts on “Book Review: City of Bones by Wells (3.5 Stars)”
The world sound interesting, but I take it the story left something to be desired?
More where the characters ended up. Their motivations became skewed at the end (if I’m remembering correctly … been over two years since I read the book). I loved the action and the worldbuilding was good. Something just didn’t sit well with my with the characters by the end.
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