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The Bone Queen Paperback – October 31, 2013
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The Pulptress is called to Paris to meet an old friend and trainer, a man named Amuray. Reaching his address, she discovers him missing, and his flat trashed. There are several men in old gray suits speaking an ancient from of French of which she can barely understand a few words.
They are armed with guns and they quickly move to attack her. Utilizing the knives from Amuray’s kitchen she manages to take out enough of them to escape out the window, taking the fall with ease of practice. On the street she is approached by a car containing two French agents, Pascal and Paulette, a brother/sister team and friends of Amuray sent to find her.
She learns that the Chiffoniers have taken Amuray. They are undead servants of a mystical woman known as the Bone Queen. She rules from a headquarters deep within the Catacombs of Paris, where she has plenty of raw materials from which to make Chiffoniers
Pascal and Paulette lead the Pulptress deep within the Catacombs where they are attacked and overwhelmed by an army of the undead Chiffoniers. The Pulptress awakens bound and hanging from a wall. Freeing herself she goes in search of her companions.
She discovers Pascal bloody and tied to the wall. A British man and a strange pale woman with bones tied in her hair are discussing the fate of our three heroes. When the Bone Queen leaves, Richard, the British man decides to disobey her and kill Pascal. The Pulptress frees Pascal and they fight off more of the shambling Chiffoniers. Richard is also killed in the fight.
The two search out and free Paulette, and they begin to track the Bone Queen. Soon they are facing an army of Chiffoniers. Pascal and Paulette hold the line while the Pulptress goes ahead seeking the Bone Queen.
There is an eerie quality about the Bone Queen which I will not spoil for my readers. She manages to not only convince the Pulptress that Amuray is dead; she resurrects him as a Chiffonier. The Pulptress is forced to fight her mentor as the Bone Queen makes good her escape. Outside the catacombs, the Pulptress rejoins Pascal and Paulette briefly.
I am certain that Ms Judy has plans for another battle between the Pulptress and the Bone Queen! I can hardly wait! This story is certainly worth five out of five stars!
Quoth the Raven…
The author does some mighty fine combat scenes and handles certain details with true creepiness. The descriptions of The Bone Queen munching on her bone snacks was well-done each time. The inevitable fall of Renata is clearly choreographed (we've seen her ultimate state in the modern day, after all) but still compelling reading.
I found myself very interested in the supporting characters and their fates.
Well-written, tightly plotted and powerful in its characterizations, The Bone Queen is, I think, the best villain yet created in the New Pulp field. I'd love to see her continue on in not only her own adventures but she's perfectly built for more throw-downs with The Pulptress or other New Pulp heroes.