|*Cover and Synopsis from Goodreads|
Return to the world of Malzaria in the highly anticipated sequel to the best-selling epic fantasy adventure CITY OF SCARS.
Hunted by Empires and crime lords alike, Ijanna Taivorkan and the young warrior Kath Cardrezhej make their way north through the dire Bonelands, a twisted wastelands populated by unnatural terrors. Hoping to find the answers to her dark destiny and driven by a need to escape her fate, Ijanna won't rest until she locates the last of the Skullborn.
Azander Dane, fallen Dawn Knight, pursues Ijanna to help her as a way of making amends for the crimes of his past. Aided by an exiled giant and gripped by a magical disease that is slowly driving him mad, Dane must brave the dangers of the Phage-controlled city of Kaldrak Iyres in order to reach the Dream Witch in time.
Beset at every turn by evil magic, powerful assassins and dark revelations, Dane and Ijanna will ultimately find themselves in the ruined city of Corinth, where ancient artifacts may hold the key to the world's salvation...or its untimely doom.
Path of Bones is the second volume of The Skullborn Trilogy. The first volume, City of Scars, is now available; the third volume, The Black Tower, will be released in 2014.
My 4.5* Review-
Disclaimer: I was given a ecopy of Path of Bones in exchange for nothing more than an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Dane is still running from his past. He's searching for the dream witch; Ijanna. Dane was hired to hand Ijanna over to her enemy, but Dane has had second thoughts. In his hunt for Ijanna things get rough and complicated. Ijanna is fighting her destiny and running from the future.
Can Dane find Ijanna? Can Ijanna change the future or will she die trying?
Steven has a unique way with his books! His writing is really really good.
The world that Steven has built for his characters in the Skullborn Trilogy is out of this world. The world is dark, bleak and filled with danger. I sometimes wonder if the worlds Steven creates are more dangerous than his creatures.
I also love the nasty creatures that Steven creates, they can be so dark, vicious, evil, warped and blood thirsty. I'm yet to come across one that hasn't made me want turn around, run and hide somewhere, the only problem is they would follow me because I'd still take my kindle with me! ;)
The characters are pretty awesome too. In Steven's books he appears to enjoy giving his characters a seriously rough time, and he certainly won't make their journeys full of sunshine and rainbows. No matter how much crap Steven throws at them and makes them endure there is always a glimmer of hope. Its this glimmer of hope that keeps me hanging on his every word right till the bitter end!
Everything that Steven writes whether its the characters or setting the scene is always so realistic. I can imagine every single detail and I feel as though I can become a part of the story as it unfolds. Steven gives an insight into the character's minds and their feelings which enables me to feel closer to them and as though I actually know them.
Path of Bones contains a serious and complex plot. There is more than one plot to follow but each individual plot is so carefully woven with the others that it flows seamlessly, and intertwines to form a delicate web of characters, creatures and paths.
There is so much going on in this book that I occasionally had to stop and process everything to ensure I was keeping up with everything!
Path of Bones will suck you into Steven's very dark world, but it will also give you just enough hope to keep you coming back for more. The last thing I will say is that the end of the book will leave you at the edge of a large cliff; waiting for Steven to decide just what is going to happen next. I'm seriously looking forward to book 3 in this trilogy!
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About Steven Montano-
Steven Montano was something terrifying in his previous life. Now he’s an accountant, so not much has changed.
An avid hiker, reader, San Antonio Spurs fan, goofball husband and father of two, Steven writes novels (the seven volume Blood Skies series, the Skullborn Trilogy, something black…, and the upcoming thrillers Blood Angel Rising and Colder) and drinks a lot of wine when he isn’t busy pulling his hair out over payroll or trying to balance the company books.
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