The King of Bones and Ashes

The King of Bones and Ashes

by J. D. Horn


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ISBN-13: 9781542047104
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 01/23/2018
Series: Witches of New Orleans Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 309,169
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

J.D. Horn, the highly praised and bestselling author of the Witching Savannah series, now debuts a new contemporary fantasy series, Witches of New Orleans. A world traveler and student of French and Russian literature, Horn also has an MBA in international business and formerly held a career as a financial analyst before turning his talent to crafting chilling stories and unforgettable characters. His novels have received global attention and have been translated in more than half a dozen languages. Originally from Tennessee, he currently lives in Oregon with his spouse, Rich.

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The King of Bones and Ashes 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful mystery novel that has many different corners and avenues. I absolutely loved the story line and the characters kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I don’t usually like stories about magic and witches. But this story was surprising in how it captured my attention and swept me right into the plot line of the story. In the story, magic is seeping out of the world. The witches seem increasingly hopeless. While some of the witches see an inevitable end of their era, others are becoming close to mad. They are willing to sacrifice former allies, friends and family to retain the power they covet. This is not unlike the situation that we face politically and culturally in North America. While the other witches watch their reality unravel, Alice Marin is using magic’s waning days to delve into the mystery of numerous disappearances in the occult circles of New Orleans. Once Alice disappeared too. She was caged in an asylum by her blood relatives. Recently, she was freed. However, she is afraid that her family may be more involved with the growing crisis than she every dared to imagine. However, the more she seeks to find out about her family’s history, the more she realizes her already-fragile psyche may be at risk. Will discovering the cause of the vanishings be the only wo escape her mother’s reach while determining the future of all witches?
Taylor Parker More than 1 year ago
4/5 stars This book is definitely a slow burn, which doesn't work well for all books, but does work in this case. Pacing is a difficult thing for many authors, but Horn uses his slow pacing for world and character building that results in an immersive story. The reader must be patient with this book, it does have action, but it happens in the last 25% of the book, however this doesn't render the first 75% boring by any means. Magic is failing. New Orleans, a city with the largest population of witches per capita, feels the loss of magic the most. While many witches merely see the loss of magic as an end of an era, others are treading into dark territory, willing to sacrifice anything to grasp any last wisps of power. Many witches even stoop to harvesting body parts, called relics, from dead witches to gain bits of their remaining power. This practice used to be considered archaic, but with the magic seeping from the world, desperate times call for desperate measures. In this chaos, witches are disappearing and no one knows why. Alice Marin, the protagonist, has recently been released from an asylum for mentally unstable witches, put there by her father for claiming she witnessed Babau Jean, New Orlean's legendary boogeyman, kill her brother. Alice knows everything is not as it seems, and she intends to find the reason for the disappearances she feels are surely linked to Babau Jean. This book is chocked full of characters, many of them given their own POV and receive as much character development as Alice. These characters and their world are the reason for the slow building nature of this novel. Horn spends a significant portion of the book floating the reader along, building a decadent and authentic New Orleans and placing each character carefully into the streets. The story wanders, seemingly aimlessly at first, building each character to the correct point to begin to weave a quite intricate plot filled with twists, horror, and some gore. This is not a horror book, it does have some horror bits, there is a boogeyman, but this book is so much more than just horror. This book ends with questions, lots of questions, and I'm still somewhat confused. However, that is the point. This book is the first in a series, so hopefully all questions will be resolved in upcoming books. However, the feeling of confusion during the church scene at the end caused me to give this book four stars, it just feels like there was too much going on in the last bit of action, like Horn may have been trying to make up for the lack of action in the beginning by loading the scene with so many different things occurring at once. I will still be on the lookout for book two in Witches of New Orleans, I am now invested in the plot and can't wait to see how Horn resolves all the questions he created in the first novel. This book had an interesting marriage of magic and voodoo that is very enticing. Horn made this work due to the large number of integral characters he had in the story. Large character lists often bother me, I feel that when there becomes a lot of main characters, authors sometimes don't deliver on character development and they often feel very two dimensional, but that is not the case for Horn's characters. This is worth reading if you have the patience for a slow burn read, which I hope that you do, because it is a unique novel that will take you for quite a ride! *I received this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an ho
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite parts of J.D. Horn's Witching Savannah series was the beautifully written setting. In The King of Bones and Ashes, the first book in his new series, Horn bring the same magic to New Orleans as he did to Savannah. Lush and atmospheric, this story is an intriguing mix of urban fantasy and contemporary fiction that will keep you intrigued until the last page. The King of Bones and Ashes is ultimately about family. Although magic is slowly disappearing from the world, the Marins have managed to retain their power. One of the oldest New Orleans witching families, they have their share of dark secrets. The family dynamics are extremely messy, intricate, and dramatic. This book does an excellent job of introducing each member of the family, their history, and their secrets. I loved Alice and Evangeline in particular. They both felt like such vivid, realistic characters. Additionally, the other witches in New Orleans are beautifully imagined. Horn also does an excellent job of explaining the politics, the history, and the current situation. I usually love intricate world-building but the first half of the book was essentially a giant info-dump. It was a bit of a struggle to keep reading sometimes because of how slow the story unfolded. I kept reading because the characters intrigued me. However, my persistence somewhat paid off in the second half as everything coalesced and the true shape of the story began to emerge. Or note is that the story becomes increasingly darker as it progresses, descending more into the realm of horror. Instead being the first book in a series, The King of Bones and Ashes felt more like the first half of a book. I do think that the ending set up the next book brilliantly though. The King of Bones and Ashes was an interesting take on the urban fantasy genre. The premise was unique and the setting beautifully atmospheric. I would recommend this one to readers who are looking for a slower read. *I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
RRatliff More than 1 year ago
I love New Orleans. It was so nice to see it brought to life in this book. The author paints a very accurate picture of the city, and having been several times, I enjoyed being able to visit the city again through this book. The death of Celestin Marin, head of the Chanticleer Coven, has left a gaping void in the witching community, and opened a Pandora's box of long-buried family secrets. The waning of magic in the world is fueling a lust for the last crumbs and tempting those hungry for power to deeper and darker depths to gain any scrap of magic they can find. A book with dangerous spells, hidden away for years, is calling out again to anyone who will do its dark bidding. The power to stop it rests in the hands of the youngest generations on both sides of family feud decades in the making. This is a nice setup to the series, introducing all the characters, setting up their backgrounds, and drawing all the family trees. The book was nicely paced, however I felt like it got a little rushed toward the end. I would have liked to see just a little more character development, but all in all a promising start!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The power of magic is diminishing among witches. Those who have relied on their powers are desperate for guidance and willing to sacrifice anything to obtain more. When Celestine Marin, the one head of the most powerful covens, dies the remaining witches will gather in New Orleans to partake in his residual magic. Nicholas Marin, the current coven leader, is willing to do anything to maintain his position, including killing anyone who tries to take it from him. Alice Marin, Nicholas's youngest child, returns home to mourn her grandfather. A traumatic childhood event placed her in a mental institution where she abandoned her power. Her past and present will soon converge once again resurrecting old memories and uncovering long hidden family secrets that may just lead to the ultimate battle for power. The King of Bones and Ashes is the first book in the Witches of New Orleans series. This novel is wonderful with its rich historical culture and landmark settings. This novel flawlessly brings together a full cast of characters form the coven, The Marin-Endicott family, The witches of New Orleans (The four sister witches, their servant, and a fiery Redhead named Evangeline), The Simeon-Perrault Family (Voodoo practitioners) in addition to ghosts and psychic's and a cat with an attitude. This novel was hard to put down and I can't wait to get my hands on the second novel.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The King of Bones and Ashes by J.D. Horn is the first book in A Witches of New Orleans series. On Monday, August 29, 2005 the witches of the Chanticleer Coven tried to divert the storm without success. They are now preparing to evacuate. While waiting for her father, young Alice is drawn outside and sees Babau Jean (John the Bogey) in the water, and he almost succeeds in grabbing her. While Alice got away from his clutches, Babau Jean is still with her. In the present day, Celestin Marin has passed away after being in a coma for the past eight years. Celestin was the head of their clan and the witches are looking forward to claiming his residual magic for themselves (in a disgusting ritual). Magic is fading from the world and has been for some time. Those who have relied on it are not coping well. Some are going mad, others are taking the “Dreaming Road”, and a few are managing to cope. Alice is finally being freed from the asylum where she was placed by her father. Her oldest brother, Luc is dead. No one believed Alice when she told them Babau Jean forced Luc to kill himself. Witches have been disappearing from New Orleans and people are told they have taken the “Dreaming Road”. Alice’s mother supposedly took this path when Alice was a child. If this is the path the witches took, where are there bodies? They have not been found. There are dark forces at work in New Orleans. What will the witches do to keep their magic alive? The King of Bones and Ashes is an odd book. I did like the setting of New Orleans and that it involved witches. There are numerous characters in the book and the POV changes frequently. It can be difficult to keep track of the various people and their storylines. I found the book to be a convoluted and disjointed. I think the author tried to put too much into one book. I wish the author had focused the story on Alice. That alone would have been an intriguing story. Evangeline and Lisette (other main characters) should have had their own books. I thought the book lacked focus and continuity. The writer was overly descriptive which led to a glacial pace (I fell asleep more than once). It was a struggle to finish this novel. And this is just the first book in the trilogy. Please be aware that The King of Bones and Ashes contains foul language, extreme violence, drugs and large quantities of alcohol. I was surprised that The King of Bones and Ashes is by the same author that wrote The Line. The writing style is very different (what I enjoyed in The Line is missing from this tome). While The King of Bones and Ashes is not my cup of tea, it will appeal to other readers. I suggest getting a sample of the book and see if the book interests you.