City of Bones

City of Bones

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by Martha Wells
     
 

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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

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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 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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"This finely crafted novel expertly combines several genres-SF, fantasy, horror-and, perhaps most impressive of all, even manages to avoid an overly sentimental ending." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435705456
Publisher:
Lulu.com
Publication date:
12/28/2007
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

Meet the Author

Martha Wells is the author of a number of fantasy novels, including The Cloud Roads, The Wizard Hunters, and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer.

Kyle McCarley, a graduate of the University of Southern California, is a voice-over actor and AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator. His credits include audiobooks, video games, TV pilots, Web cartoons and commercials, radio and TV commercials, radio dramas, and podcasts.

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City of Bones 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A totally different aspect on the past/ future. Fast reading as hard to put down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
carolsong More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
sleo More than 1 year ago
Very interesting world. Good character development. Kind of a hybrid urban fantasy and high fantasy. I also liked The Death of the Necromancer.
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Too complicated with nothing to really grab onto. Too many characters, too many tiers, too many relics.
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Well written and well plotted. I hope there's more to come.