Of Bone and Thunder: A Novel

Of Bone and Thunder: A Novel

by Chris Evans

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ISBN-13: 9781451679328
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 10/14/2014
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 219,077
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Chris Evans is also the author of the Iron Elves saga: A Darkness Forged in Fire, The Light of Burning Shadows, and Ashes of a Black Frost, as well as Of Bond and Thunder, and the nonfiction book Bloody Jungle: The War in Vietnam. He is a military historian and former editor for Random House and Stackpole Books. Born in Canada, he lives in New York City.

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Of Bone and Thunder 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was very reminiscent of Vietnam for the US. The characters were very likeable really created an excellent world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Magic mixed with fantasy, spirits, bodies into a War and in War no one wins! Interesting fast-paced book maybe just a tad too long! The book was well written – was confusing at first but once you got into it very good reading!
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
Interesting POVs on War in a Famtasy Setting I would like to thank Galley Books & NetGalley for granting me a copy of this e-ARC to read in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review. Goodreads Blurb: "Apocalypse Now meets The Lord of the Rings in a bold new fantasy from the acclaimed author of the Iron Elves trilogy, filled with "heroic action that keeps fans coming back" (Publishers Weekly). Channeling the turbulent period of the Vietnam War and its ruthless pitting of ideologies, cultures, generations, and races against each other, military historian and acclaimed fantasy writer Chris Evans takes a daring new approach to the traditional world of sword and sorcery by thrusting it into a maelstrom of racial animus, drug use, rebellion, and a growing war that seems at once unwinnable and with no end in sight. In this thrilling epic, right and wrong, country and honor, freedom and sacrifice are all put to the ultimate test in the heart of a dark, bloody, otherworldly jungle. In this strange, new world deep among the shadows under a triple-canopy jungle and plagued by dangers real and imagined, soldiers strive to fulfill a mission they don’t understand and are ill-equipped to carry out. And high above them, the heavy rush of wings slashing through the humid air herald a coming wave of death and destruction, and just possibly, salvation." This book was a slow starter for me, with too many characters being introduced only to disappear within a few pages. Luckily things began to turn around about a quarter of the way in, or maybe just a bit further. Once the bulk of the characters had been set up and were on the stage we actually began to get to know them, allowing for attachments - both positive and negative, and some few that remained a mystery all the way to the very end, and possibly beyond. The land was a character as well, eliciting strong emotions from those there on behalf of the Kingdom, plus an understood emotion on behalf of the native peoples. In its own way it acted as a metaphor for the story, with a variety of different properties that reflected each of the players, including the power players that remained safely at home and out of sight. Across this diverse landscape a horrible game of political maneuvering was played out, with little, if any, regard for the individual lives being spent as the coin of the realm. Watching the development and progression of several key players was intensely fascinating. Some of their stories were surprisingly uplifting, while others were a train wreck from which you couldn't look away. Lest you think that what you see is what you get, there were numerous surprises sprinkled throughout the characters, keeping things interesting even though the book is mired in the harsh daily realities of an unsustainable war. A war being fought for all the wrong reasons (are there ever any right reasons?), yet was continued long past the time when it was known to be un-winnable. Evans created a gripping conclusion that left me reeling, and gave me a glimpse of what war is really like. There is no real rhyme nor reason to who survives and who dies. It doesn't matter how well you fight, or how devoted you are to the cause; when your ticket gets punched how you lived your life and how you fought have no bearing. It all comes down to dumb luck. War doesn't care about anyone or anything. It isn't a means to a end, though some seem to think otherwise. It is simply an end. Period.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In the midst of a devastating war set in a thick jungle, with suffocating humidity, and mist covered mountains, an unseen evil is taking shape that threatens to disable an entire army. Author Chris Evans weaves together the lives of many people who find themselves in this war fighting to stay alive. There are some who see the war as a chance to achieve glory and honor - they long to be like the war heroes they hear about in stories. One such individual is Thaum Jawn Ratium. However, as the harsh realities of war hit him square in the face Jawn begins to realize that the most important thing is not to achieve glory but to find what you can do to keep the people you care about safe. On the other end of the spectrum, right there on the front lines is a soldier named Carny who, even though he knows his role in this war, continually questions the reason for the fighting. Then battling from the air on the back of a rag, the giant winged beasts that resemble dragons, a man named Vorly Astol leads a group of riders through the perilous fighting in the sky. For years it had just been Vorly and his rag Carduus but now he finds himself forced to make a relationship with a recent graduate from the Royal Academy of Thaumology named Breeze. It has become clear that Thaumatics is here to stay and even though Vorly does not like the change he can see the advantage of being able to communicate with every other rider as they are flying over the battlefield. Each of these individuals posses different skills and different reasons for being there, but they all will realize that the reason to fight is not glory but rather the person standing next to them. The twists and turns and interweaving of the characters in this story was truly amazing and I applaud Chris Evans for bringing such a story to life in such an appealing way. It is fantastic when a book continues to reveal the small details that connect different characters and how that transforms the story from one chapter to the other. That is exactly what Chris Evans did and as soon as I got started on this book it was extremely difficult to put it down until I reached the end. As the relationships were built in this story it was fun as a reader to see the characters who at one time seemed to have such a hard shell show a softer side as they slowly revealed how they felt about the people they had around them and the importance of their safety and well being. One of the best relationships in the book for me was the one between Vorly and his rag Carduus. Vorly did not see Carduus as just a beast but as his partner, a partner he respected. From beginning to end I enjoyed every chapter of this book as it took me on a wonderful roller coaster ride that can only come from a great adventure-fantasy book. Quill says: An unbelievable book that brings to life an absolutely thrilling fantasy story.