Empire of Bones (Ashtown Burials #3)

Empire of Bones (Ashtown Burials #3)

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by N. D. Wilson
     
 

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Fans of both Percy Jackson and Indiana Jones will be captivated by the lost civilizations, ancient secrets, and buried treasure found in the third book of the Ashtown Burials series, an action-packed adventure by the author of 100 Cupboards.
 
Cyrus and Antigone Smith have thwarted Dr. Phoenix’s plans—for the moment.

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Fans of both Percy Jackson and Indiana Jones will be captivated by the lost civilizations, ancient secrets, and buried treasure found in the third book of the Ashtown Burials series, an action-packed adventure by the author of 100 Cupboards.
 
Cyrus and Antigone Smith have thwarted Dr. Phoenix’s plans—for the moment. They’ve uncovered a new threat from the transmortals and managed to escape with their lives. Their next adventure will take them deep into the caves below Ashtown, where they will look for help from those imprisoned in one of Ashtown’s oldest tombs.
 
“An extraordinary new series.”—SLJ, Starred

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-01
From the Everything but the Kitchen Sink genre of fantasy, this third volume of the Ashtown Burials continues its breakneck pace with myriad characters and plotlines. Most of the main characters and situations were introduced in previous titles (The Drowned Vault, 2012, etc.), so a solid working knowledge is required to have any sense of events here. Smith siblings Cyrus (Rus-Rus) and Antigone (Tigs) are here joined by their mother, rescued from a coma, and older brother, Dan, who has the gift of prophecy through his dream connection to the transmortal Pythia. Readers wishing for a listing of characters and their relationships will realize soon enough it doesn't matter all that much, so long as they generally know who is good and who isn't. The book is practically one long battle as the Smiths and their companions use fantastical weapons and powers to save Ashtown and thus the world. Despite attempts at gender equity, Cyrus' story takes precedence. One newcomer, an Irish monk nicknamed Niffy (his real name is Boniface), is developed enough to become interesting, but few are on stage long enough for readers to get attached, and many characters from previous books are killed. Though not particularly gory, this is full of disturbing images, and the humor that marked the first book is almost completely absent. This middle volume of a planned five is for fans only. (Fantasy. 10-14)
From the Publisher
War looms large in this exciting third installment of the series. Following a dangerous encounter with the diabolical Dr. Phoenix, the Smiths find themselves hunted by both the Ordo Draconis and Order of Brenden. Worse, Phoenix is using the Dragon’s Tooth to build a powerful army that he plans to unleash on the Order. Just when things seem the bleakest, Cyrus and Antigone uncover a ray of hope hidden within a set of cryptic instructions willed to them by the late Billy Bones. To prevail in this impending battle, they must release the ancient powers imprisoned within Ashtown’s forgotten tombs, and they do so at terrible risk. Meanwhile, Cyrus continues to be haunted by the prophecy warning of The Desolation, one whose coming would make “even dragons” tremble with fear. Could this mean an even more deadly advisory is on the horizon? “Ashtown Burials,” with its unique patchwork of history and mythology, effortlessly holds its own among works by such modern fantasy greats as Rick Riordan and J.K. Rowling. Character building is exceptional, and the fast-paced plot will keep readers glued to the pages. A must-have. SLJ
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
Gr 6–10—War looms large in this exciting third installment of the series. Following a dangerous encounter with the diabolical Dr. Phoenix, the Smiths find themselves hunted by both the Ordo Draconis and Order of Brenden. Worse, Phoenix is using the Dragon's Tooth to build a powerful army that he plans to unleash on the Order. Just when things seem the bleakest, Cyrus and Antigone uncover a ray of hope hidden within a set of cryptic instructions willed to them by the late Billy Bones. To prevail in this impending battle, they must release the ancient powers imprisoned within Ashtown's forgotten tombs, and they do so at terrible risk. Meanwhile, Cyrus continues to be haunted by the prophecy warning of The Desolation, one whose coming would make "even dragons" tremble with fear. Could this mean an even more deadly advisory is on the horizon? "Ashtown Burials," with its unique patchwork of history and mythology, effortlessly holds its own among works by such modern fantasy greats as Rick Riordan and J.K. Rowling. Character building is exceptional, and the fast-paced plot will keep readers glued to the pages. A must-have.—Alissa J. Bach, Oxford Public Library, MI

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375864414
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
10/22/2013
Series:
Ashtown Burials Series
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
1,415,622
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile:
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

N. D. WILSON lives in Idaho with his wife and their five young explorers.

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Empire of Bones 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series, can not wait for the fourth. Hey fans, did you know he is going to write seven books in this series? Love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a great series can't wait to dive into the third!
Anonymous 6 months ago
I have read almost all of his books exept Leepike Ridge I also own all of his books. I did not know that there is going to be 7 books in The Ashtown Burials. Can't wait to read them all!!!!
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