Bone Gods Mass Market Paperback – Nov 30 2010
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Acclaim for Caitlin Kittredge’s Black London series
“Takes supernatural shadows to the next level. Kittredge knows how to create a believable world, and her fans will enjoy the mix of magic and city grit.” —Publishers Weekly
“Crackles with conflict and perilous magic...For those who love their urban fantasy hypnotically treacherous, this book’s for you!” —Romantic Times BOOKreviews
“Street Magic jumps right in to non-stop supernatural action, taking urban fantasy fans on a wild ride.”—Darque Reviews
“This is a dark, visceral read that sucks you in and doesn’t let you up for air. That is part of my intense love for this series... It hit all my buttons; ghosts, magic, demons, cemeteries, England, moors, fog, supernatural creatures, ancient deities. The way things ended, I am seriously anxious to see what is happening next. Go out and get this!”—Night Owl Romance
“Sensual and empowering.”—Romance Junkies
From the Back Cover
Ever since crow-mage Jack Winter was lost in Hell, there's only one woman who can save Black London. Her name is Pete Caldecott.
Witch hunts are on the rise and supernatural turf wars are reaching a boiling point. Then, just when it seems life couldn't get any worse for Pete, Jack reappears―but he's no longer the man she's always known. Hell has changed him forever. And he's brought back with him a whole world of trouble…
A cabal of necromancers are using ancient, unspeakable magic to turn the tide of war in their favor. Then, as the city is about to sink into chaos, Pete receives a chilling directive: To end the war, you must kill the crow-mage. Beset from all sides, Pete finds herself turning to an unholy source for help…even if doing so could destroy Black London―and life as she knew it―once and for all.
Praise for the Black London series:
"Takes supernatural shadows to the next level." ―Publishers Weekly
"A wild ride."―Darque Reviews
"Kittredge's protagonists tightrope-walk over the pits of Hell in spectacular style. Lovely stuff!"―Mike Carey, author of The Devil You KnowSee all Product Description
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I think the book has merit, and the story line was great, if a bit undeveloped with lots of loose ends hanging about, but I wish the characters were less objectionable and self-involved. Pete's vacillation from sleeping with Jack (along with a heavy touch of hero worship) to hitting and cursing him became tiresome very soon after Jack returns.
I also thought the story line with Pete's mom was completely unnecessary and had no relation to the rest of the story. She didn't add anything to the story at all, and breezed in and out without any closure or explanation as to why she was there. It was really jarring and made a mess of the plot. We could have been introduced to Morningstar without using Pete's mom as a tool.
If there is a fourth book in the series, I hope we continue to learn about the Black, who the Green Man really is, and that Pete becomes more like Pete. Of course Jack is damaged forever, but it would be interesting to see how he manages now that he isn't under Morrigan's control. I'll probably read the book, as Ms. Kittredge does an amazing job building worlds and characters, usually.
Trying to retain order are detectives like Pete Caldecott. A Weir she misses her mentor former punk rocker Jack Winter, who took her under his wings when she was sixteen before he apparently died (see Street Magic). When Pete found Jack, she was euphoric. After drying out from his addiction, Jack was turned into a demon so he fled to hell to keep himself from harming Pete (see Demon Bound). Now Jack is back for the third time in Pete's life as the Commander in Chief of an army of hell's most odious horde with plans to dominate the world. Pete must assassinate her hero in order to save Black London and the world or else.
This strange but exhilarating Black London urban fantasy (see the anthology Huntress, for a Winter dark novella) takes a third major spin in the Jack-Pete relationship; which gives new meaning to dysfunctional. Although there is an initial déjà vu all over again feel, the twisted fast-paced story line holds reader attention; as Pete is left with the choice of saving the world by killing her mentor-hero. Readers will relish the tale of the heroine's dilemma as she knows what she must do, but fears she will not be able to figuratively squeeze the trigger as the thought of patricide makes her ill.
Reviewed by Suzanne and posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
Jack has gone, dragged into Hell, and Pete is left to cope and fend for herself in the Black, the underground world of magic where the things you dream of in nightmares roam freely waiting to shred you to pieces. Pete can feel something coming in the Black, and when she is called to look at a dead man with unusual and unsettling carvings in his chest things get from bad to worse. Then Jack comes back, or has he....
What I like most about these books is that they are unpredictable, I never quite know what is going to happen, and this book proved no different. In the world of the Black there is no real Right and Wrong, just what you can live with, and what you can get way with, nothing is cut and dried. Jack is a great example of this, you know that he isn't really a good person and you know he definitely isn't good for Pete and this book underlines that; however, you can't help but like him and even understand him a little and maybe forgive him when you know you shouldn't.
Bone Gods was great, it was told through Pete's eyes again, and although I missed Jacks perspective, she was a good character to cling on to. The plot in this one brought about a direct confrontation between the Morrigan and Hecate through Jack and Pete this was filled with tension and you never really knew what either of them were going to do until they did it. The only thing I didn't really like was that the plot was quite slow, and it took a while for significant events to happen.
I really enjoyed this installment, her writing is excellent and the characters some of the most interetsing I have read and I can't wait for the next one, especially with how she has left it hanging!