Brood of Bones

Brood of Bones

by A.E. Marling
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Brood of Bones by A.E. Marling

Cursed with endless drowsiness, Enchantress Hiresha sleeps more than she lives. Since she never has had a chance to raise a family, she sometimes feels like every woman is pregnant except for her. This time, she is right.

From virgin to grandmother, all the women in her city have conceived. One unexpected pregnancy is a drama; fifty thousand is citywide hysteria.

A lurking sorcerer drains power from the unnatural pregnancies, and Hiresha must track him by his magic. Unfortunately, her cultured education in enchantment ill equips her to understand his spellcraft, which is decidedly less than proper. The only person uncivilized enough to help is the Lord of the Feast, a dangerous yet charming illusionist. Associating with him may imperil Hiresha’s city, yet refusing his help will allow the sorcerer to leech godlike power from the mass births.
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Dark Fantasy

Product Details

BN ID: 2940032869269
Publisher: A.E. Marling
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,083,251
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

I lead a balanced life. When not writing fantasy, or reading fantasy, I blog a fantasy appreciation site at:aemarling.com/

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Brood of Bones 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
kwmccabe More than 1 year ago
Monday, June 11, 2012Brood of Bones by A.E. Marling Brood of Bones by A.E. Marling 4 out of 5 stars Hiresha is shamed by the weakness that has left her flawed. Although she has become an Elder Enchantress, it doesn't soothe the blow of never having a relationship, never having children. Although still suffering under the weight of humiliating memories of her childhood, Hiresha returns to her home city, Morimound, at the call of Sri the Flawless. When Hiresha arrives, she finds that not only has Sri been reduced to shame and a pronunciation of death, she is pregnant. But Sri should not be with child--she's in her seventies. Sri tells Hiresha that it is because of the shame of her pregnancy that all the women of Morimound are with child. Hiresha, filled with doubt, travels to the temple and discovers Sri's words are true: All child-bearing females from the ages of twelve up are pregnant. But when Hiresha performs an illegal examination on Sri she discovers a horrible travesty. From there Hiresha must pit herself against the evil, dreaded Lord of the Feast while searching out the source of the pregnancies. But are the pregnancies the result of an angered god or a man lustful for power? And how far must Hiresha place her own honor on the line by pitting her wits against the Lord of the Feast? This tale, Brood of Bones, is one of the best stories I've read in a long time. The conflict was engaging, and the anti-hero complicated and conflicted. The villain could have been a little more fleshed out--and there was one (only one that I saw) typo, but the story on the whole was delightfully told. I have to say this book was a wonderful piece of story-telling and I'm looking forward to more tales from this author.
PhilLeader 5 months ago
I got this book because I wanted to read some of Marling's work and it seemed a good starting point. I downloaded it at the same time as a lot of other works, intending just to skim the first chapter of each and then decide which one I was going to read. I read the first part of this novel and I was hooked. The story unfolds really well and there is real suspense. The writing is a joy to read and the descriptions of the world are really evocative. The story revolves around Elder Enchantress Hiresha who having become a powerful practitioner of magic is requested to return to her home town. There she quickly realises that something is very wrong - all the women are pregnant, and all are due around the same time. Clearly this is not normal, but what is the cause and why has it happened? Hiresha must unravel the threads to work out what is going on and exactly what the threat to the town is. Perhaps the pregnancies are the divine work of a god, but for what purpose? Or perhaps the dark Lord of the Feast is involved so that he may dine on the fears of the population in the night? Hiresha must find the truth - and quickly - and along the way she will make both questionable alliances and bitter enemies. But who can really be trusted when the fate of the city is at stake? The world is immersive, and Marling does well to convey just enough information to ensure the reader is not overwhelmed by some of the stranger aspects of his world. I have read other (more well known) authors who struggle in this regard. The characterisations are good, particularly impressive is Hiresha who despite her mastery of magic is very human, with many faults and failings which she must overcome during the course of the story. The supporting characters are also well drawn and have a depth. There is a real impression that they are leading their own lives outside of the story. The story itself is mainly a fantasy 'whodunnit' with Hiresha gathering evidence and suspects, as well has finding out exactly what the pregnancies entail. The main twist is that she suffers from a form of narcolepsy and finds it hard to keep awake - and when awake she is not very perceptive. But when sleeps she is able to perform her magic and analyse what she has seen while awake. Once the culprit is revealed, the ending is hard to put down as Hiresha has put herself - and possibly the whole town - in grave danger in order to find out the truth. The final part of the story is a breathtaking battle as powerful forces fight over the fate of the town. I really could not stop reading this book. I looked forward to picking it up and was reluctant to put it down. The story is really very compelling and despite having a lot of swords and sorcery in it, this does not fall into any of the well trodden paths of fantasy. The writing moves the story on at a good pace and is full of fantastic descriptions and little details that really bring the world alive. I rate this book very highly. I know it is only January but already I feel that this is easily one of the best books I will read this year. Very highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's the best piece of fantasy I've read since Tolkien & Rowling.
sparks389 More than 1 year ago
Loved the book! Really different premise from many other fantasy books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for some light reading on the camping trip I'll be going on soon, but my plan failed epically. Suffice it to say, this book has caused my grades to slip by being too dang good! There's mystery, twists, bad guys that aren't that bad, good guys with insatiable bloodlust, and a woman who can't stop sleeping in the middle of it all! And, I swear, this book frustates me to no end by being only one of few free books worth the time to read, and even fewer are easily bestseller material. It may be disconcerting at first, but trust me, this book is absolutely worth the effort!