Title: The King of Bones and Ashes
Author: J.D. Horn
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Supernatural
Source: Free ARC from 47North
Rating: 4 stars
Note: As stated under the Source (above), I received this book for free from 47North via NetGalley. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.
Review: The storyline took a while for me to untangle, so I’m not going to attempt to summarize it here. Goodreads does a good enough job of it.
Being my first J.D. Horn, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I have the first in his earlier series, Witching Savannah, on my Kindle but like so many other books, I haven’t gotten to it yet. All I knew was New Orleans + witches + voodoo, and that was more than enough for me. Paranormal and supernatural stories are like potato chips and Jelly Belly’s, I can never get enough, and I enjoy the holy heck out of them. Add New Orleans to the mix, and I’m sold.
From the very beginning, there are so many complex layers, so much unknown background being held back. Secrets, secrets, and more secrets. Who am I supposed to root for? What is real and what isn’t? I’d start to feel like I was gaining some understanding of a particular person’s motivations, but then the foundation started to crumble. Except Evangeline. I don’t know what she’s up to, but whatever it is, she believes it’s the right thing. But Nicholas, Alice and Babau Jean…there is absolutely no way I would miss out on the next book (and probably all of the others that come after). The ending brought some pieces together, but left so much on the table, and I NEED to know.
So, what did I like about this book? The plot is crafty, the character development is well done, diversity, diversity everywhere, unputdownable in the second half, witches, lady power, New Orleans, and super entertaining.
Making recommendations like “if you liked X, you’ll like Y” is not something that comes easily to me, but in this case, from the first chapter, I felt strongly that if you like the TV series “The Originals” (I love it!), you’ll love this book. It’s witches only, of course, but I assure you they have enough drama all on their own.
Looking forward to the next in this series!