City of Bones [NOOK Book]

Overview

Khat, a member of a humanoid race created by the Ancients to survive in the Waste, and Sagai, his human partner, are relic dealers working on the edge of society, trying to stay one step ahead of the Trade Inspectors and to support Sagai's family. When Khat is hired to find relics believed to be part of one of the Ancients' arcane engines, they are both reluctant to become involved. But the request comes from the Warders, powerful mages who serve the city of Charisat's Elector. Khat soon discovers that the deadly...
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City of Bones

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Overview

Khat, a member of a humanoid race created by the Ancients to survive in the Waste, and Sagai, his human partner, are relic dealers working on the edge of society, trying to stay one step ahead of the Trade Inspectors and to support Sagai's family. When Khat is hired to find relics believed to be part of one of the Ancients' arcane engines, they are both reluctant to become involved. But the request comes from the Warders, powerful mages who serve the city of Charisat's Elector. Khat soon discovers that the deadly politics of Charisat's upper tiers aren't the only danger. The relics the Warders want are the key to an Ancient magic of unknown power, and, as all the inhabitants of Charisat know, no one understands the Ancients' magic.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
". . . a delight: an SF adventure with complex characters, archeological puzzles, a dash of mental magic and a lot of fast-paced action . . . This finely crafted novel expertly combines several genres -- SF, fantasy, horror -- and, perhaps most impressive of all, even manages to avoid an overly sentimenal ending." (starred review)
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012635136
  • Publisher: Martha Wells
  • Publication date: 2/10/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 184,813
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Martha Wells was born in 1964 in Fort Worth, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in Anthropology. She is the author of fourteen novels, including the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer, as well as a number of short stories and nonfiction articles. Her books have been published in eight languages, including French, Spanish, German, Russian, and Dutch. Her newest fantasy novel is The Siren Depths, published by Night Shade Books.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2003

    a hidden gem

    Though this book is set in the genre of sci-fi/fantasy, it could easily have been set as a mystery or an adventure or a drama and it would still be a satisfying read. When such a book is written, clearly it is the talent of the author that surpasses whatever genre she writes in. I eagerly look forward to any books she writes in the future.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Very creative read

    This is the first book by Martha Wells that I have read, and I will definitely check out her other books now. The story and world are very imaginative and detailed and the characters have a lot of depth to them. It is a lengthy read (which I like); it is long enough to thoroughly engross the reader in its world, but not too long that it wears out its welcome.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2003

    Not too much to say

    I found it unbelievably original with the back of the book and the title not nearly doing the book justice. This is, in my opinion, one of my favorite books of my lifetime.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2002

    Great Read

    Martha Wells was a great (in between series) read. I very much enjoyed the middle eastern flavor that she introduces in her book and some interesting characters.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Interesting reading!

    A totally different aspect on the past/ future. Fast reading as hard to put down.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2008

    great book

    I have read this book about 10 times. The first time through everthing (the characters, settings, social structures, etc.) is so new and different it can be distracting, however, definitly give it a chance it will grow on you.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

    totally engrossing

    I read most of this when I was visiting a remote part of Africa. Do not do this. Every time the electricity went out, I would read as much as I could, and itch to recharge so I could resume reading. Maybe the jet lag kept me from guessing the ending (as I usually do), but I don't think so. Wells is a refreshingly original writer, and I was completely caught up in all of the characters. I also kept guessing as to the possibility that all the action takes place on earth in a far-distant time, but I can't find enough evidence.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Good summer read!

    You get a taste from the Author of a post apocalyptic world where technology/wizardry was the norm. However due to their predecessors pushing the bounds of Magical development they opened a door to a world that ended up destroying them. Character development is good, with interesting twists and turns of the plot. The only thing i found lacking was the World is confusing (not developed enough), The different "Levels" of the city it takes place in is confusing and not developed/explained to my satisfaction, and there is more going on that is eluded to with one of the main characters but that is never delved into enough to resolve why he is where he is at (too vague). But other than that I read start to finish in a week. Again good story, creative, imaginative, liked where Author went but left questions un answered and sections undeveloped.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 24, 2011

    Well written, original and satisfying

    Very interesting world. Good character development. Kind of a hybrid urban fantasy and high fantasy. I also liked The Death of the Necromancer.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Boring

    Although it had a good premise the story itself left a lot to be desired. Would not recommend.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2012

    Good story and character dev

    A little hard to keep track of character names though. Not really a problrem with a kindle book. Just use search.

    Also had a minor formating issue with some strange alpha characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Interesting and original backdrop and characters

    Well written and well plotted. I hope there's more to come.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    Okay-ish.

    Too complicated with nothing to really grab onto. Too many characters, too many tiers, too many relics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    HEY GUYS!!!!

    If you read and liked the Percy Jackson books, go to "greek" second result. Camp Half Blood is kinda dying and we need more people. Post your bios at the fourth result.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    Ranger

    Looked bored.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Autum

    Sits alone

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    The shadow

    *Stands on a table over Drew, still in the dark. His eyes glowing yellowish-orange like a fire.*

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    Excellent

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2011

    Good book with entertaining characters.

    That's it.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

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