This book starts off heavy, with an attempted rape scene of two women, a regiment of soldiers left off of the war so that they have no one to kill, no pay coming in, and all of them are now trained and professional killers. It’s dark, and it’s grim, so with the book review, I will definitely include several warnings about what all this book entails so that readers aren’t caught off guard with the sheer violence of it. Though I knew from reading the two words ‘war’ and ‘bones’ in the title that this was my kind of book i.e: dark and violent with plenty of likeable characters, I know it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, especially if those people have triggers.
Priest of Bones is a debut novel, a grimdark fantasy set in a world where war is over, and everyone is trying to acclimate in getting back into the civilian life. Or at least, that’s what they’re supposed to do. The Priest seems like he’s going to be a badass of a character, and I’m eager to delve more into the book.
It’s a dangerous thing, to choose the lesser of two evils.
The war is over, and army priest Tomas Piety finally heads home with Lieutenant Bloody Anne at his side. When he arrives in the Stink, Tomas finds that his empire of crime has been stolen from him while at war. With his gang of Pious Men, Tomas will do whatever it takes to reclaim his businesses. But when he finds himself dragged into a web of political intrigue once again, and is forced to work in secret for the sinister Queen’s Men, everything gets more complicated.
When loyalties stretch to the breaking point and violence only leads to violence, when people have run out of food, and hope, and places to hide, do not be surprised if they have also run out of mercy. As the Pious Men fight shadowy foreign infiltrators in the backstreet taverns and gambling dens of Tomas’s old life it becomes clear; the war is not over.
It is only just beginning.
~~~Book Summary From Goodreads~~~
This book promises to be one of the best grimdark fantasies in a while that I’ve read. It’s been grabbing attention from all my favorite fantasy bloggers, and it’s definitely getting a lot of well-deserved hype. If you haven’t checked this book out by now, I promise you it’s definitely well worth doing so, because you are missing out! In fact, I’m loving this book so much that I’ve made art for it!
I should have a review of this up within a couple of days, definitely by the end of the week at the very latest. I’m over halfway through reading, and I’m crossing my fingers hoping that this isn’t going to have a truly terrible cliffhanger where I shall have to wait for a year for book two to come out, but its definitely leaning that way with how the situation stands.
To finalize, this book is awesome and I’m off to go finish it as it’s staring at me from my kindle screen, waiting impatiently to be read.
Until next time,
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