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Wrath & Bones (The Marnie Baranuik Files Book 4) Kindle Edition
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This is the 4th book in the series but complete in itself. While it is not strictly necessary to read the rest, I highly recommend starting with Touched and reading them in order including the short stories. Otherwise, you are going to wonder about “playing touch football with a Boogle” and other things.
The world building is superb! Ms. Aalto takes myths and legends, blends them together with a twist to build her world of Revenants, Daysitters and Debt Vultures. Here, psychics are Daysitters for Revenants (so, insulting to call them vampires!) who borrow their abilities. There are 9 psychic powers and most revenants have one. Dr. Marnie Baranuik is a rare duo talent, a Grouper-Feeler. She can feel emotions as well as visions from touching. She is also a paranormal biologist with poor social skills, a foul mouth, a love of frogs, a major inferiority complex and is incredibly clumsy.
The story starts with Marnie, having resigned from the FBI, opening her psychic detective agency. She is called to NY to handle an orc problem. An orc mystic tells her that she must save the world from Trollapocalpse. She just returns home to Colorado when the summons to the Revenant Court comes. So, with her revenant Harry and Mark Batten (aka Jerk-Face), they are off to visit the Unhallowed Throne. There, Marnie is knighted Sir Marnie of Toots. The new knight along with Sir Declan Edgar the Abomination and Batten head out on a quest to bring back three rescue-artifacts in order to establish a new ruler for the revenants. And let’s not forget the Trollapocalpse!
Like the other stories, Wrath and Bones is hysterically funny! While there’s far too much swearing for my taste, Marnie can barely speak a sentence without swearing, it’s funny swearing. The situations that she gets herself into! Because of her inferiority complete and clumsiness, Marnie often underestimated, but make no mistake, she is a solid scientist who does know what she is doing – well for the most part!
Besides the incredible world building and the humor, the characterization is excellent. Each character is a solid, 3-D person with strengths and weaknesses. There is no generic villain #1 in these stories!
Let’s follow Sir Marnie of Toots around the world in an effort to crown the new ruler of the Revenants and stop the Trollapocalpse!
Oh whoa is me !!!! how can this book be finished- only 496 pages of utter bliss, pure sarcasm, and wrapped in the strong arms of kick ass action and betrayal (which I didn't seem coming).
Clearly this book could have been 1000 plus pages, it wasn't nearly enough. The release of the book came as a bit of a surprise but to much excitement and fanfare - what a great christmas present, and as such any plans went to hell and I spent all my time reading the book and the family got dog biscuits for lunch.
What wasn't to enjoy, Marnie was her usual sarcastic, filthy mouth best, Harry was pure British elegance and Kill Notch will no longer be mentioned in polite society. We went all over the world from Norway to Cairo - we met mummy's, yetis and a host of other interesting characters, a new queen was crowned and our world was expanded.
I don't know if I a quoting someone but: "Writers are those people who can put the dreams we never had on paper and allow us to dream with them" ( I thought that was quite nifty)
Thank - you A.J, it's your curse but now you just have to get back to work and get the next one written because I want more.
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Another fast paced, action filled book. I really do love this series.Read more