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The Bones of the Old Ones (Desert of Souls) Hardcover – December 11, 2012
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“The Bones of the Old Ones is a damn good tale that not only pays homage to the masters, but sets its own print on the genre.” ―SF Signal
“This rousing sequel to The Desert of Souls offers a mélange of ancient adventure myths populated by convincing, endearing characters… As intricately woven as the magic carpet of Greek sorceress Lydia, Jones's tale incorporates real historical personages and settings like Mosul of "haggard beauty" from the early days of Islam, and fills the pages with gallantry and glamour to provide a thrilling spectacle.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“By turns groundbreaking and classical, Howard Andrew Jones is a pure joy to read.” ―Nebula and Campbell Award finalist Saladin Ahmed
“A thumbs-up for series fans.” ―Kirkus
“Jones is a resurrector of unfairly forgotten tales and an illuminator of a neglected milieu. His love for the setting of the Dabir and Asim stories is as obvious as his grasp of classic sword-and-sorcery forms. The result is something rich and brisk at the same time, just as it ought to be.” ―Scott Lynch, author of Red Seas Under Red Skies
“The Bones of the Old Ones is one lovely fantastical adventure, blending mystery, romance and magic in such a way that I had to keep reading. There were moments of laughter, passion, and edge-of-my-seat surprises. A fabulous read!” ―Elizabeth Vaughan, USA Today bestselling author of the Chronicles of the Warlands series
“In the midst of a sea of Tolkein clones, Howard A. Jones stands out with his Arabian Nights inspired detective stories. Rollicking, and magical. What more could you want?” ―Mary Robinette Kowal, Hugo and Campbell Award Winner
About the Author
HOWARD ANDREW JONES is the acknowledged expert on fiction writer Harold Lamb. He is the Managing Editor of Black Gate magazine, and he blogs regularly at its website.
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One never has the feeling that Howard is desperate to entertain his audience or to shock them in the effort to prove himself. He is too busy being lost in the story, and in his characters, which are some of the most realistically drawn and portrayed characters you will find in fantasy fiction. Their behavior and reactions are very convincing, and one finds oneself lost in the characters to the point where the
author’s voice becomes invisible. This is a great accomplishment. When action and adventure
are required, Howard (and his heroes) are up to the task. But the quiet moments are
just as fascinating as the loud ones, as it should be. And it is those moments that remind me
of the best travel writing from the early twentieth century and before.
Bones of the Old Ones is adventure fiction, in some ways harkening back to the pulps, but lifts the form up to a literary level. This is the kind of book that the fantasy adventure genre sorely needs. Well-written, full of wonders both earthly and magical, with humorous and poignant moments, and swashbuckling that does not distract the reader with unnecessary descriptions
of brutality and gore in which much fantasy adventure fiction currently flounders.
The dangers are real, the horrors are horrific, but the heroes are just as real,
and one comes away feeling inspired and uplifted with a rousing tale where love,
honor, friendship, courage, and human life have meaning. Highly recommended!
— Robert Zoltan, Owner of Dream Tower Media, and host of Literary Wonder & Adventure Show
No book is perfect. Dabir seemed less omniscient, which was disappointing but probably quite clever. Far worse, in my opinion, was Najya's presence. She didn't feel very developed, and Assim's attraction to her felt forced and plot-movingly convenient. The final act of their relationship, in particular, was a disappointing tacked on bit of fluff that didn't seem to fit the tone of the rest of the book at all.
Quibbles aside, this is a fantastic treasure to be savored.
The characters are well fleshed out and you can certainly hear them in your mind. The story weaves a wonderful spell and you can easily lose yourself in the world created.
So do yourself a favour and try this series.
Unlike much current fantasy which trends towards the grim and gritty, the protagonists of this novel are actually heroic. Occasionally it's nice to read a good old fashioned good verses evil tale with heroes who are actually heroic.
Though it is only two books in, this has quickly become one of my favorite series and I eagerly await the next novel.
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