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 12, 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 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.
©2014 Greg van Eekhout (P)2015 Recorded Books
The new magic world, it's creative and incredibly interesting. Also who doesn't love a heist story?
The beginning was very captivating, immediately have to know what the hell is going on and why the Dad is doing that.
Yes, and it was worth the time spent. I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of the series. I do hope there is more character depth, the narrative is a little too distant and I wish it went more into first person narrative and motivations. However this allows for more intrigue so while I miss the depth, the style does add something new to the book.
It reminded me of Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn and Reckoner series. Most likely because it's a completely new world and magic system, but it has a few qualities that I love when reading Sanderson.
"Entertaining with nice twists"
Somewhere between the Dresden files and rivers of London in tone with an interesting take on magic.
The heist serves as a good framework for the story and the characters are well drawn and varied - so many novels fall back on packs of stereotypes but this one does a decent job of avoiding that.
Look forward to seeing how sequels hold up.
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