Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Host Mass Market Paperback – January 6, 2009
|New from||Used from|
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
From Publishers Weekly
The third novel in Hunter's postapocalyptic fantasy series (after 2006's Seraphs) finds neomage Thorn St. Croix working as a jeweler and town mage in the rural Appalachian town of Mineral City, Carolina. Then her former home, the New Orleans Enclave, sends arrogant metal mage Cheran Jones, ostensibly to instruct her in media relations as she is woefully lacking in diplomatic knowledge and abilities. When the deadly succubus queen's war on Mineral City provides enough death energy for the powerful Dragon to escape its prison between the planes of reality, Thorn is pulled between the demands of the ultra-lawful Administration of the ArchSeraph and its rivals, the Earth Invasion Heretics, who claim to know the origins of seraphs and demons and the whereabouts of Thorn's missing twin, Rose. Hunter's world continues to expand in this highly original fantasy with lively characters where nothing can ever be taken for granted. (Nov.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
A native of Louisiana, Faith Hunter spent her early years on the bayous and rivers, learning survival skills and the womanly arts. She liked horses, dogs, fishing and crabbing much better than girly skills. She still does.
In grade school, she fell in love with fantasy and science fiction, reading five books a week and wishing she could "write that great stuff." Faith now shares her life with her Renaissance Man and their dogs in a Enclave of their own. Faith is working on a new series, which Roc will publish starting in the summer of 2009, and a role-playing game, called The Rogue Mage, based on Thorn.
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I've read many thousands of books and I'll tell you it's been a long, long, time since I read a truly new take on anything. Faith Hunter has done a fantastic job blending post-apocalypse, urban fantasy, romance, science fiction, a bit of the Spanish Inquisition, a dose of theology, and a dash of "something" I can't quite put my finger on, into a what is truly a unique universe.
Some authors go so deep into trying to present how their universe works that the details drown the characters and story line. Others just throw a bunch of things together in such a way that nothing really seems to fit, there isn't any logic, and 'willing suspension of disbelief' become impossible. Ms. Hunter has mastered a superb balance between the two.
As the story and characters develop, enough is revealed about the universe that the reader is able to grasp a good sense of the underlying logic and reality, enough that it all carries a certain kind of sense. This makes some of the more imaginative scenes actually work well, because you have this feeling that if you (or if Thorn) just knew a little more, it would all become understandable. It's actually very tantalizing without ever being so revealing that the mystery is lost. An excellent job!
Ms. Hunter has done a good job here as well. While not perfect, she did a good job of fleshing out side and supporting characters enough that you become invested in more than just the fate of the prime protagonist. She also manages to keep pulling you in a constant love/hate relationship with several characters, where some times you really wish Thorn could do a little slice-n-dice on them, and other times you are really rooting for them to pull it together!
While there is a clear antagonist in this series, the focus is dispersed somewhat across multiple characters, some whom turn out to not be quite what they appear - both good and bad.
I don't have a lot to say because I don't want to give a lot away. Ms. Hunter did an excellent job working various plot twists in subtle and unexpected ways, with twists you see coming -- just like the movies you find yourself yelling "NO, DON'T GO IN TH.... oh you IDIOT!". And then as you continue to read and suddenly you're thinking, "wait...WHAT JUST HAPPENED?" (Much like Thorn).
All in all, while not 100% perfect, I was left sincerely hoping Ms. Hunter will continue the series for at least another trilogy. There is a lot of novel thought here left to explore.
I don't mind leaving a central mystery unsolved (it suits the nature of the series, that some things are beyond human comprehension), but there is no excuse for not *clearly* explaining the main character's sudden change of heart in the last few pages of the final chapter. The Afterword is similarly cryptic -- the readers are left unsure why characters are taking certain actions, other conspiracies and unknowns are left without a satisfying conclusion (or even a mention, for some of them!), and we have no idea *why* our narrator is feeling some of the things that she gives voice to.
It's a damn shame, because the rest of the series is absolutely riveting, with intricate worldbuilding and a unique setting . . . but there's no good reason for leaving the final book of a trilogy without a decent ending.
(You will note that a number of reviewers are excitedly clamoring for Book Four -- that's how unfinished it feels. Note that since it's now 2015, this volume was published in 2007, and the author has not given any indication that she will extend the series, the idea that a Book Four will be produced is likely a hope in vain. This book really could have used another couple of chapters to actually explain what happened in the final scenes, and the author could have trimmed some battle description in order to pull in some of the many loose plot threads.)
I really enjoy Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock books, and I highly recommend them over the Rogue Mage series.
Most recent customer reviews
Honestly, I'm not sure how much to say, trying to avoid spoilers.Read more
can't wait for the next...Read more
The plot is complex. The story well developed. I couldnt put the series
Down. I was left wanting more.