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The Bones of Avalon Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 21, 2011
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Praise for The Bones of Avalon
"Phil Rickman is one of my all-time favorites…. He's done it again, with his usual sense of permeating atmosphere, with vivid characters in a complex plot that grows through the bones of history like a deadly nightshade." --Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Echo in the Bone
"With his supernatural touch, a terrifying plot involving a necromancer, Glastonbury, King Arthur’s bones, and superb research, Phil Rickman takes us back brilliantly into the dark world of the first Elizabethans." --Ariana Franklin, national bestselling author of A Murderous Procession
“Shadowed with his hallmark eeriness and full of richly drawn landscapes and fascinating characters, The Bones of Avalon is just the sort of uncanny, page-turning wonder that I’ve come to expect from Phil Rickman. What’s new is the magnificent sweep of Elizabethan England and tantalizing legends of King Arthur. A glorious read.” --Jennifer Lee Carrell, international bestselling author of Interred with Their Bones
“For those of us waiting with bated breath for the next installment in C.J. Sansom's marvelous Matthew Shardlake murder mysteries set in Tudor England, heed my words: Phil Rickman and his John Dee have arrived! … The novel chills, thrills and satisfies, providing good history, great plot, and fascinating characters. Pull up a chair, turn off the phone, and settle in for a most delectable read… The Bones of Avalon is a fabulous read and John Dee is a marvelous addition to the world of Tudor intrigue.” –HuffingtonPost.com
“A historical thriller with a touch of romance and more than a hint of necromancy… Brilliantly imagined and grippingly executed.” --The Times (London)
“In this compelling and historically convincing novel, [Rickman] recreates a world of religious and political uncertainty where one man’s science is another man’s witchcraft, and where the mundane and the mystical rub shoulders… An assured and compelling opening to a new historical series.” –The Spectator
"Rickman, who’s wending his way through Welsh history, myth and mores (the Merrily Watkins series), revisits many of the real-life characters he wrote of in The Chalice (1997, etc.) with admirable scholarship and verve, making a John Dee sequel something to look forward to." --Kirkus
“This wonderful stand alone immediately draws the reader into danger and mystery, focused on Dr. John Dee, astrologer to Elizabeth I. If readers are lucky, this will turn into a series featuring one of the most fascinating historical figures of the period.” –RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars, Top Pick
“An immaculate Elizabethan mystery, beautifully written, cunningly contrived. John Dee himself could not have conjured up anything finer.” –Michael Gregorio, author of Critique of Criminal Reason
“Phil Rickman's The Bones of Avalon is a treasure chest that, once opened, transports the reader back in time to one of our planet's most perilous eras… With its numerous descriptions of Medieval barbarism, savagery and hardship, The Bones of Avalon is a most enthralling read that engrossed me from cover to cover. It was as though a spell had been cast over me, forcing me to keep reading…. An epic journey of Medieval adventure and horror. Every fan of historical mysteries needs to embark on it. It has a twisting, suspenseful plot with numerous shocks.” --gumshoereview.com
About the Author
PHIL RICKMAN lives on the Welsh border with his wife Carol. He has worked as a BBC radio and TV reporter, and he currently writes and presents the book program “Phil the Shelf’ on BBC Radio Wales. He is also the author of the internationally bestselling crime series featuring Merrily Watkins. Visit him online at PhilRickman.co.uk.
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Top Customer Reviews
Rickman's Dr. Dee is a truth seeker, a keen observer and an analyst, and once he is on the trail of a mystery, he means to see it though to its conclusion, and oh my, what adventures he has along the way. The Bones of Avalon is a tremendously satisfying read on many different levels; social, political, historical, murder, intrigue, suspense, folklore and so on. Various aspects reflect everyday life - where there are many different onion-layers of complexity. The novel is a living, albeit fictional, tribute to Dee. The characters are well-rounded, they live and breathe and you want to spend time with them.
Their environment is also well described; you might find you are picking your steps through the street for a while after reading this book. Or looking at well known houses with the realisation that certain events are based on the truth, and you now feel privy to it - even if this is a pun on the preceding sentence.
Court intrigues and the threat these brought to people's lives were captured perfectly.Read more ›
It's a microcosmic jewel at the heart of a macrocosmic tapestry of Elizabethan court intrigue. Telling the story through Dr. John's eyes works extremely well and gives the story a very personal edge. It really forces the reader to empathise with Dee, and as the intricacies of the plot are revealed to him we cannot help but share his feelings. The plot is extremely plausible to the point that you could almost accept this story as historical fact reconstructed from Dee's diaries.
A great character-driven adventure, expertly told by a master of the genre. I loved every minute of it and will definitely be reading it again soon.
Dr. John Dee was a real person in Elizabethan England and it certainly appears that Rickman has been diligent in his research. His characters seem appropriate to the time but understandable to the present. Judging from the ending of 'Bones" this is the first of a series. I certainly hope so.
England reeling from the reign of terror of Bloody Mary in her blustering efforts to force the Roman Catholic faith back on England.
The new Queen Elizabeth I aims for a more tolerant course but is beset by troubles. she sends her astrologer and doctor of psychics and philosophy Dr John Dee, together with her secret paramour and advisor Sir Robert Dudley to Glastonbury to find the bones of King Arthur disinterred 20 years earlier by Henry VIII in the Dissolution.
Dee falls in love with the beguiling and beautiful young woman doctor Eleanor (Nel) Burrows and when she is accused of witchcraft will do what he can to save her. Glastonbury is haunted and tortured place under the thumb of a dour cleric who has stamped his tyrannic theology on the town
Meanwhile a vile murder takes this story into a murder mystery. great characterization and plot, with just the right amount of the eerie and mysterious.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a really good re-creation of the Elizabethan age and its thought, and a gripping mystery story. The quality of the writing is excellent. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jennifer
I found this book too long for its fairly simple storyline. About halfway through I started skipping ahead -- I wanted to see what happened, but not at such a boring pace. Read morePublished 8 months ago by anonymousreader26
I had heard of Phil Rickman's Merrily Watkins series but was unfamiliar with his Dr. John Dee series until I purchased the second book, "The Heresy of Dr. Dee" from Amazon. Read morePublished 10 months ago by crazyquiltmom
Queen Elizabeth's astrologer is sent in search of King Arthur's bones to strengthen the Tudor dynasty's claim to the English throne. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Badger Lady
I really wanted to like this book. it had everything I usually love: historical fiction set in tudor times, alchemy, religious unrest, a quest, etc.. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sara A. Turner
I am a little ambivalent about this book which i enjoyed with one main reservation. The story has a good plot with interesting characters in a historically interesting era and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by AJH
Enjoyable reading! It provided a wonderful historical setting. Very informative and detailed about the era.Published 18 months ago by Christina Manrique Gorsetman
Phil Rickman has given Dr. Dee a brand new role in history and made him the center of an excellent series, played out against meticulously researched history.Published 21 months ago by Robert A. Erlandson