Chest of Bone: Book 1, The Afterworld Chronicles

Chest of Bone: Book 1, The Afterworld Chronicles

by Vicki Stiefel


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ISBN-13: 9780998124223
Publisher: Afterworld Publishing
Publication date: 11/09/2017
Pages: 450
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Vicki's fantasy romantic suspense series, The Afterworld Chronicles, launched with Chest of Bone. The second novel, Chest of Stone, hits shelves Nov. 2017. Her mystery/thrillers-Body Parts, The Dead Stone, The Grief Shop, a Daphne du Maurier winner, and The Bone Man, a du Maurier finalist-feature homicide counselor Tally Whyte. All are now in ebook format. Tapping into her love of knitting, she wrote Chest of Bone The Knit Collection, a pattern book based on her novel and in collaboration with Karen Clements, Norah Gaughan, and Rosemary Hill. She also co-wrote (with Lisa Souza) 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters. Vicki and her late husband, William G. Tapply, ran The Writers Studio workshops.
She grew up in professional theater-the Ivoryton Playhouse-and planned to become an actress. Instead, she's slung hamburgers, managed a scuba shop, and became a college professor. She's a mom to two wonderful humans and a furry pack. Her passions for scuba diving, fly fishing, and knitting pop up in her novels. As do vinho verde, bourbon, Maine lobster, and chocolate, not necessarily in that order. She sings musical comedy scores in the shower, unfortunately not an Equity venue, and she writes daily. She adores teaching, having taught fiction and modern media writing at Clark University, and so she mentors writers and students in a variety of writing genres. Currently, she's playing with her pup, Penny, going wild in L.A., and pounding the keys on the series' third novel, Chest of Air.

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Chest of Bone: Book 1, The Afterworld Chronicles 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
LynnLTX More than 1 year ago
In this Dark Fantasy, CHEST OF BONE is set mostly in the normal world, but with a magical one overlapping. Clea Reese’s reality comes crashing down when her mentor is killed, an action which unleashes her own personal magic. On leave from her job as a government interviewer of sorts, Clea has always known she had some unusual empathic capabilities. Once her magic is set free, Clea’s world seems to spiral out of control leaving her grasping to learn all the arcane rules figuring out how to use strange new abilities all the while trying protect those she loves. Special Agent James Larrimer blazes into that world with a mystical spirit that literally sings to her own soul. He is certainly something more than human with so many secrets Clea is determined to unlock. With Larrimer’s very powerful help, Clea sets out to find Dave’s killer, but in doing so, discovers a world of supernaturals with whom she has much more in common than she previously knew. The enigmatic Chest of Bone is a beacon for those who would capture it to control both worlds as they begin to collide. Thea’s destiny seems tied to the Chest, but there is much she will have to learn including facts of her past in order to fulfill that role. Clea’s slowburn, but intense, relationship with Larrimer adds a nice balance to the action, adventure, and heart stopping tension. Though at times very brutal, much of this story centers on the willingness of Thea and Larrimer to do what is right, in part out of love, despite the personal sacrifice and losses required. They are compelling and likeable characters which is what always transforms a good story into a great one. Ms. Stiefel’s unique and fascinating world will very much appeal to fans of Fantasy who like a strong element of romance. As this book is the first in the Afterworld Chronicles series, much of the world building occurs, but does not distract from the story.