Bone #9: Crown of Horns

Bone #9: Crown of Horns

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by Jeff Smith

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BONE is more thrilling, adventurous, and hilarious than ever in this conclusion to Jeff Smith's bestselling comic book saga!

It's full-fledged war as Briar, the rat creatures, and the Pawan army storm the city of Atheia. The Bone cousins, Thorn, and Gran'ma Ben are all there to defend the Valley and stop the return of the Lord of the Locusts. When Thorn goes


BONE is more thrilling, adventurous, and hilarious than ever in this conclusion to Jeff Smith's bestselling comic book saga!

It's full-fledged war as Briar, the rat creatures, and the Pawan army storm the city of Atheia. The Bone cousins, Thorn, and Gran'ma Ben are all there to defend the Valley and stop the return of the Lord of the Locusts. When Thorn goes inside a ghost circle, she hears a voice urging her to seek the Crown of Horns. What follows is another dangerous journey for Thorn and loyal Fone Bone as they race to the sacred grounds of the dragons, searching for the one thing that may save them all. This is the breathtaking conclusion to Jeff Smith's nine-book graphic novel series.

Editorial Reviews

Full-fledged war is breaking out all over, and only Fone Bone and a mysterious Crown of Horns stand between the brave family brood and the demonic return of the Lord of the Locusts. The conclusion to Jeff Smith's nine-volume visual epic will ensnare Bone fans from the first page. A graphic novel cycle that has never slowed down.
Publishers Weekly

In this ninth and final volume of Smith's award-winning Bone series, Thorn and her loyal friends must defeat not only the evil Briar Rose but also free the land and its inhabitants from the Locust spirit. Beaten by tyrant Tarsil's soldiers, Thorn and faithful Fone Bone are locked in the dungeon, as Briar Rose and her army storm the castle. Spurred on by a recurring dream, Thorn is determined to break free and find the Crown of Horns, which will destroy the nightmare spirit known as the Locust but may also kill Thorn herself. The Locust was imprisoned within the legendary dragon queen Mim, whose body was encased in stone but who now threatens to break free. With the help of Gran'ma Ben and Fone Bone's cousins, Smiley and Phoney, Thorn is able to escape and make her way to Tanen Gard, the dragon burial ground, where she hopes to find the Crown of Horns. Smith expertly combines all the best elements of fantasy epics like Lord of the Rings -a plucky hero(ine), all manner of creatures and a kingdom rich in mythological history-with enough humor to appeal to readers young and old. (Feb.)

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Children's Literature - Michael Jung
Winner of ten Eisner Awards and ten Harvey Awards, Jeff Smith's "Bone" graphic novel series has won millions of fans since it first appeared in comic book form in 1991. The series, described as "sweeping as the ‘Lord of the Rings' cycle, but much funnier" by Andrew Arnold in, follows the adventures of the Bone cousins, three short, white, bald creatures who look like they stepped out of a Disney animated comedy film. Yet the adventure the Bones find themselves on is deadly serious when they encounter a girl named Thorn and her enigmatic Gran'ma Ben and join them on their mission to save their valley from a war with the evil Lord of the Locusts. In Crown of Horns, the ninth and final title in the series, Bone's cousin Fone Bone must help Thorn travel to the sacred burial ground of the dragons in search of the Crown of Horns, a mysterious object that could end the war once and for all. More serious in tone than the preceding "Bone" graphic novels, Crown of Horns presents a grim picture of the horrors of war as Thorn and the Bone cousins deal with imprisonment, a siege, and numerous deadly hazards. Even so, the book manages to include quite a bit of comic relief—primarily from the Bones' greedy cousin "Phoney" Bone who tries to steal money throughout the entire war, only to have it slip from his fingers. Both a stirring high fantasy and animated comedy, "Bone" is one of those rare graphic novel series that succeeds on multiple levels. Reviewer: Michael Jung
With Queen Rose banished and Princess Thorn, along with her loyal friend Fone Bone, imprisoned by Tarsil the Usurper, the future of the city of Atheia looks grim. The worst, however, has yet to begin. The Queen's sister Briar, who is possessed by the evil Lord of the Locust, has returned. When she defeats Tarsil and penetrates the city's protective walls, the clash for control of the alley and ultimately a climactic struggle of good versus evil ensues. As the fierce battle wages around them, Fone Bone and Thorn huddle in their dungeon prison, beaten and bruised by their captors. Thoughts of escape are clouded by Thorn's vivid dreams of dragons and the vision of her dead mother's command to find the elusive Crown of Horns. Once free, they must not only confront the daunting physical obstacles in their search for the Crown but also those of their heart and mind as well. With its intricately detailed images and character revelations, this satisfying ninth and final volume of the critically acclaimed Bone saga continues the series' tradition of the ideal balance of humor and drama. To fully understand the background of the Bone cousins and the other key characters, readers should begin with the first installment, Bone Volume One: Out From Boneville (Cartoon Books, 1996). A user-friendly Web site created by the author ( complements the series. Librarians will want to purchase multiple copies of all nine books in the saga for their collections, for their mass appeal ensures that the volumes will be in constant circulation. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P M J S G (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, definedas grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Graphic Novel Format). 2004, Cartoon Books, 232p., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 18.
—Julie Watkins
VOYA - Karen Sykeny
This colorized reissue of a previously self-published, critically acclaimed, and superbly popular series is full of high adventure, suspense, and great mythology. Readers find Fone Bone and Thorn in prison with the war between the Locusts, Rat Creatures, and people of the valley just beginning. Gran'ma Ben has entered Atheia and is doing her best to defend the city. Fone and Thorn want to help her and believe that finding and using the Crown of Horns will destroy the Locusts along with the Hooded One, who wants to conquer the people of Atheia and use her dark power for evil purposes. The illustrations are fabulous and tell the story well. There are some funny moments on the part of Smiley and Phoney Bone when treasure hunting, but this volume has a more intense and serious good-versus-evil focus because it covers the end of the series and the final battle. It is an essential purchase for graphic novel collections and will be popular among high fantasy readers and those looking for adventure and humor. The quality and consistency of both artwork and story makes this series and its climatic conclusion, one of the best graphic novel series for readers of all ages. Reviewer: Karen Sykeny

Product Details

Cartoon Books
Publication date:
Bone Series , #9
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.75(d)


Meet the Author

Jeff Smith is the creator of the award-winning, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling BONE series. He was born and raised in the American Midwest and learned about cartooning from comic strips, comic books, and TV animation. Visit him online at

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Bone #9 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
forestwizard More than 1 year ago
Jeff Smith is a true author. He breathes the heart and soul into his characters. He has made a beautiful, inconceivable world with heart-warming heroes and spine-chilling villains. From the Bone cousins to the Red Dragon to the shadowy Lord of the Locusts, I love them all!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
From the very first page, the ninth installment in the BONE graphic novel series starts off with a bang. It begins with Thorn and Fone Bone, who are imprisoned by their own people, having the recurring dream of when her parents gave her away to the dragons. This time, however, the dream is clearer than before - she is able to see her mother. With this dream, Thorn figures out that the only way for the war to end is if she finds the Crown of Horns. But Fone Bone is quick to object, since the object could just lead to an unclear end to the war. Outside, the war has begun between the enemies - the Pawan and rat creature army led by Briar - and the city of Atheia. Although Atheia's army are able to force the enemy to retreat, they are still surrounded by them. With this, despite objections, Thorn understands that it is up to her to save her Gran'ma and her city, even if it could mean that it will end her life. So as Phoney and Gran'ma hold down the fort and venture off on their own journey, Thorn and Fone Bone, along with Bartleby, are off to seal the fate of their city. Whether or not Fone Bone is right is a different story. Finding the Crown of Horns is a challenge with so many obstacles standing in their way, and what it could possibly awake is what makes this installment darker than those before. As the first BONE graphic novel I've ever read, it definitely grabbed me from the start. For one, the art and the colors are extremely stunning. The plot itself is intriguing and compelling and is full of action and ferocious creatures that no one should ever have to encounter. The intensity of the war is balanced by the hilarious characters of Phoney and Smiley, who just put a smile on the reader's face whenever they are featured in the story. This is a wonderful series for those reluctant to pick up a book, and BONE: CROWN OF HORNS makes for a thrilling addition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book Bones the Crown of Horns by Jeff Smith is a great book. I recommend this book for anyone who likes adventure and battles. I agree with the blog on Bone Wiki. The wiki says that the crown of horns is a mystical artifact considered the most guarded secret of the dragons. Humans know very little about it themselves. Luckily Thorn isn’t an ordinary human. She can see visions and she can fly. She is able to get to the crown, all she has to do is touch it and the locust spirit will be gone forever but she gets stuck and is unable to touch it. Fone Bone comes and uses static electricity to touch it for her. It worked the locust is gone forever and there is piece throughout the land. This adventure was great and that is why the book is good. Another reason why I recommend this book is because of the characters. The Bone brothers’ character trait is inspirational. They get run out of Boneville because they are wrongfully accused of stealing. They never give up on life. They want to make their lives better by helping others. They end up trying to save the kingdom from the locust. They do everything they can to save the kingdom. This is karma they do nice things and expect nice things in return. The last reason why I recommend this book is because of the battles in the book. It has battles between two armies. It also has battles between dragons. The battles are very interesting to read. I couldn’t put the book down. One battle was between the dragons. It was all the dragons against the biggest dragon. The big dragon was a bad dragon that ruined the balance in the land. All the other dragons had to fight the big dragon, which was 500 times bigger than the normal dragons. This battle was one of the key battles and when the small dragons won the good guys got a chance to win. I recommend this book because of the adventure, characters, and the battles. My favorite character is Fone Bone. I like Fone the most because he is the leader of the Bone brothers. He has great leadership qualities. He also is the reason why there is peace throughout the kingdom. If he weren’t there with Thorn then she would never have touched the crown of horns. Since he saved the kingdom he is my favorite character. He also was in love with Thorn and had the choice to become king or to go back to Boneville. He decided to go back to Boneville. I like this about him because he decided not to be the wealthy ruler but to be the wise middle classmen. I admire his choices. My favorite quote from the book “We will never stop until I say so” (Smith 63). Fone Bone says it to Thorn and to the other Bone brothers. This is my favorite quote because they were about to give up and if Fone never said this then they would have given up, therefore they would all be slaves or they would be dead. The book Bone the Crown of Horns is a great book and I definitely recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The books in this series have made wonderful gifts for my grandsons. They LOVE the books and anything that keeps boys 9 - 12 years old interested and excited about reading is a good thing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 9 year old read numbers 8 & 9 in just under two days. The video game system remained off for that entire period...his choice. I do recommend a parent pre-read as some material may not be suitable for some children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To read
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When I first herd about this book or sires I really wanted to read them. They are all so interesting and the Crown of Horns is my favorite because it is the battle between good and evil!Or the rat creatures mostly! Thorn now knows that she is a princess and has to fight for her side but when her mom keeps telling her "Crow of Horns" she goes on an adventure that will change her life forever!!!!!! But I cannot tell you the end you will just have to read for yourself to find out.
6grandchildren More than 1 year ago
My almost 10 year old grandson just got into this series. He really enjoys reading them
nyc_book_lover More than 1 year ago
Over the years, I've bought all 9 Bone books, plus Rose, for my friend's son. He's now 10 years old and just received the last books in the series. He has read them several times and is raving about them.
muddy More than 1 year ago
My 8 year old loves this series. This book got him to love reading!
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uxormaterque More than 1 year ago
look forward to more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son has all 9 of the books in the series and has read them each several times. This is just a fun series for children to enjoy reading without any pressure. There is more violence in this book than the other 8 in the series. But still a good book according to him.
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Crown of Horns is a wonderful conclusion to the Bone series of graphic novels. Filled with non-stop action, adventure, romance, comedy, suspense, drama, and a great set of characters and villains, the Bone graphic novel series is a must for all readers. The saddest part is, though, that this is the last book in the series! If only there was more! Jeff Smith is one of the best authors ever! Three cheers for Bone!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The ninth book has to be the best. I was always wanting to see what would happen after number 8. Too bad its the last book...