- Series: Gaunt and Bone (Book 3)
- Paperback: 541 pages
- Publisher: Pyr (July 7, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1633880583
- ISBN-13: 978-1633880580
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,700,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Chart of Tomorrows: A Gaunt and Bone Novel Paperback – July 7, 2015
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"Willrich puts the mystery back in magic and the majesty back in dragons. Gaunt and Bone are the Han and Leia of heroic fantasy." --Howard Tayler, creator of the Hugo award-nominated Schlock Mercenary (on The Scroll of Years)
"[A] rich sequel. ... this Chinese-inflected fantasy adventure romps along at a madcap pace. ... This lighthearted story is suitable for teen readers as well as adults." --Publishers Weekly (on The Silk Map)
"Reading Chris Willrich feels a bit like playing Dungeons and Dragons® with a drunken Will Shakespeare. Great fun, and beautifully written." --Saladin Ahmed, Hugo award-nominated author of Throne of the Crescent Moon (on The Scroll of Years)
"[The Scroll of Years is] by turns exciting, terrifying, sorrowful, uplifting, and bone-achingly beautiful. Through deep, layered characterization, the novel constantly surprises and strives to remind us to view individuals on their own terms and resist easy judgments. Like the titular magical scroll, this rich, fantastic tapestry of a story pulls you in and will not let you go, long after you've turned over the last page." --Ken Liu, Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Award-winning author of The Paper Menagerie
"I was blown away by Chris Willrich and what he was able to pull off with his novel The Scroll of Years. I came into The Silk Map with great expectations, and, for the most part, they were met and even exceeded....The Silk Map is an epic addition to the Bone and Gaunt storyline." - Kobold Press
About the Author
Chris Willrich is a science fiction and fantasy writer best known for his sword-and-sorcery tales of Persimmon Gaunt and Imago Bone. He is the author of The Scroll of Years, The Silk Map, and The Dagger of Trust. Until recently he was a children's librarian for the Santa Clara County Library System, in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work has appeared in Asimov's, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Black Gate, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Flashing Swords, The Mythic Circle, and Strange Horizons.
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The characters are still interesting, and the mix of Chinese philosophy and proxies for various medieval cultures (Mongols, Vikings, etc.) move things along, but in the end it seems like Willrich was just trying to figure out a way to finish the book – and apparently finish the series, though the door has not been closed.
As always, it’s easier to put together a great setup than it is to devise a fully satisfying payoff, and that’s exactly what happened to Willrich in “The Chart of Tomorrows.”
Pyr, Jul 7 2015, $18.00
To protect their infant Innocence, Persimmon Gaunt the poet and Image Bone the thief conceal their baby within the Scroll of Years. Now a confused bitter teen who no longer remains hidden, Innocence resides in the Bladed Isles where his incredible magical abilities lead a horde of evil or foolish power-seekers craving manipulating and controlling the youngster.
Bone and Gaunt search for their offspring who loathes them for choosing his alleged destiny over him. At the same time, Snow Pine pursues his missing daughter Joy. The three parents fear for their respective child as the prophecy proclaims these former friends in “exile” Innocence and Joy will fight one another to the death. To save both teens and many more, Bone and Gaunt deploy the dangerous Chart of Tomorrows traveling in time to change the inevitable.
Filled with daring dangerous deeds, the exciting third Gaunt and Bone epic fantasy (see The Scroll of Years and The Silk Map) is a magnificent magical family drama that grips the audience throughout the tremendous trilogy. The three-dimensional cast (including the villains) makes the tale seem real; as Gaunt and Bone learn the hard way where good intentions lead. Chris Willrich’s latest saga will be on most subgenre readers’ short list as fantasy of the year.