California Bones (Daniel Blackland, #1) Read Online Free - When Daniel Blackland was six, he ingested his first bone fragment, a bit of kraken spine plucked out of the sand during a visit with his demanding, brilliant, and powerful magician father, Sebastian.
When Daniel was twelve, he watched Sebastian die at the hands of the Hierarch of Southern California, devoured for the heightened magic layered deep within his bones.
Now, years later, Daniel is a petty thief with a forged identity. Hiding amid the crowds in Los Angeles—the capital of the Kingdom of Southern California—Daniel is trying to go straight. But his crime-boss uncle has a heist he wants Daniel to perform: break into the Hierarch's storehouse of magical artifacts and retrieve Sebastian's sword, an object of untold power.
For this dangerous mission, Daniel will need a team he can rely on, so he brings in his closest friends from his years in the criminal world. There's Moth, who can take a bullet and heal in mere minutes. Jo Alverado, illusionist. The multitalented Cassandra, Daniel's ex. And, new to them all, the enigmatic, knowledgeable Emma, with her British accent and her own grudge against the powers-that-be. The stakes are high, and the stage is set for a showdown that might just break the magic that protects a long-corrupt regime.
Extravagant and yet moving, Greg van Eekhout's California Bones is an epic adventure set in a city of canals and secrets and casual brutality--different from the world we know, yet familiar and true.
|Title||:||California Bones (Daniel Blackland, #1)|
|Number of Pages||:||304 pages|
August 19, 2015
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads
I don't like to endorse stereotypes, but Urban Fantasy written by male authors is almost universally darker and grittier than UF written by females. Obviously, within that much larger pool there are nonconformists: Stacia Kane, Jane Wells, even Kelley Armstrong sometimes,...
December 03, 2014
You ever have that experience where you finish a book, and are left feeling all discombobulated; not sure exactly what time it is because the sun set while you were reading, and actually kind of hungry because you might have missed dinner? California Bones did that to me.
It wasn’t an instant draw...
January 20, 2018
Actual rating : 3.5 stars
✘ A strong stomach - the whole magical system revolves around eating skulls, after all. Strangely it didn't gross me out as much as I thought it would (because I am weird?!), but you might need some "adaptation time", let's say. Also, Daniel licks someone else's cup at so...
July 03, 2015
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.com/2015/02/27/b...
Have I mentioned how much I love a good heist? I definitely would have jumped on this book a lot sooner had known the treat I was in for. But there’s also a lot more to California Bones aside from being the ultimate fantasy...
January 20, 2016
Rating: 4* of five
The Publisher Says: When Daniel Blackland was six, he ingested his first bone fragment, a bit of kraken spine plucked out of the sand during a visit with his demanding, brilliant, and powerful magician father, Sebastian.
When Daniel was twelve, he watched Sebastian die at the han...
July 16, 2014
I’ll suck the power from your bones!
*Imagine me saying that with some old crone’s voice*
California Bones has a fresh, I’ve never seen it done before, magic system in a alternate Los Angeles that hot damn, I would be scared to live in! You know how you’ve always been a bit jealous of those charact...
December 07, 2017
- osteomancy: magic derived from ingesting bones of ancient and mythology creatures (the powers these creatures give off are pretty amazing)
- post-succession California: CA left the Union some years ago and then split into North and South, and now they're constantly at war with each ot...
December 04, 2017
Executive Summary: Fun, quick read. Interesting magic system, so-so characters/plot.
This book author wasn't on my radar at all until it was made the pick for Sword & Laser. I wasn't blown away by the blurb, so I decided to borrow from the library instead of buying it.
It was a VE...
August 17, 2017
Warning: People eat people to gain powers.
Daniel’s father was a powerful osteomancer, someone who can gain magical abilities from eating bones. During one of the Hierarch’s cullings (Bad guy’s excuse to kill people) he’s killed by powerful magicians and then the Hierarch himself ‘gains...
May 11, 2014
There's something about a heist. Maybe it's that peculiar combination of recklessness and calculation, that absolute guarantee of unforeseen circumstances and impressive feats of resourcefulness to combat them, that fast-paced and adrenaline-pumping game of strategy and deception. Whatever the ca...