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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (Dec 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435705459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435705456
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 15 x 22.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #777,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. White on April 9 2009
Format: Paperback
I thought the world built by Martha Wells in this book had potential. There was an interesting magic system, history, setting... but I felt the book didn`t take advantage of these things.

The characters didn`t grab me unfortunately, and the plot didn`t feel very unique.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I usually can't read fantasy, because I can't suspend my disbelief enough to accept what I'm being told. Elves, magic, dragons, all that's fine; what I can't believe are the ridiculous societies and implausible politics that too many fantasy authors fall back on.
I loved City of Bones because it presented me with a society that worked coherently, drew sensible conclusions from the information presented to the reader, and provided an archaeological mystery which the reader can try to solve right along with the characters (which is a HUGE plus in ANY novel, as Ellery Queen readers can attest).
Perhaps I overintellectualize, but the point remains that I'm definitely going to look for Wells' other books now. That's the only recommendation that really matters in the end.
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Format: Hardcover
Martha Wells is a great writer because she has the talent for great dialogue and world building (or I should say city building). In "Death of the Necromancer" she gives her Vienne a real mood, as if you are walking along a dark Victorian street. And in "Wheel of the Infinite" she gives Duvalpore an Oriental and Medieval feel. With this book, she makes Charisat feel like a Medieval Sultanate. The more I read her works, the more I am impressed. I must add that getting into her stories are a lot of fun because they leave you guessing where it's going next. She is definitely a fantasy author worth checking into.
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By MicahA on March 2 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is the pinnacle of original fantasy, in days overrun with Tolkein knock-offs. It has beautiful and full descriptions, a detailed and complete storyline, and my personal favorite: A sarcastic main character. Everything is done to perfection and anyone who complains about something like "too many capitals" never read the book like a true reader. This book is fantastic and by far the best fantasy I have ever read.
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By not4prophet on Dec 1 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"City of Bones" easily ranks as an above-average fantasy novel. Author Martha Wells does an excellent job of weaving together multiple plot lines. The story is set is harsh fantasy landscape, where civilization has mostly collapsed. There are only a few cities remaining, while the surrounding "waste" is inhabited by a variety of monsters and a type of mutant called "Krismen". The main character is a Kris named Khat who is hired by a patrician from the city of Charisat to lead an expedition to a relic, a gigantic structure built for an unknown reason by the now-vanished Ancients. However, this seemingly simple task soon turns deadly, and the characters are soon caught up in a dangerous race to find two more ancient objects that the Master Warder (the leader of a type of police force with magical powers in Charisat) is convinced will unlock the secrets of the ancients. The plot line remains intriguing to the very end, and Wells is constantly springing new surprises on us. While many fantasy novels tend to be entirely predictable, this one does an excellent job of not giving information away too soon, and I didn't have any luck at guessing what was about to happen. The book's climax is a decent effort, although I've read better.
While the plot aspect of the book is strong, I felt that there were some missed opportunities. The main male and female characters aren't particularly interesting, they're basically just copies of the stoic heroes that we've seen countless times before. Some of the minor characters, particularly a mysterious former warder named Constans, are a little bit more intriguing, but the author doesn't really seem to care much about the characterization aspect of writing. Another weakness is in setting.
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Charisat is a tiered city in a post-apocalyptic world where the highest have private marble walkways lined with trees and the lowest struggle for water and life. One of the central activities of the city is the trade in relics from a better time, and one of the most knowledgeable trader in relics is the Kris runaway, Khat. When a young patrician hires him as a guide to one of the ancient places outside the city, he doesn't realize that his journey is about to disrupt his settled life and the lives of everyone around him. Some relics, apparently, are better left buried.
This is my second Martha Wells, and she doesn't disappoint. The writing is detailed and unpretentious, the world is believable and draws the reader in, and the characters are fully fleshed out enough to feel real. Recommend.
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By A Customer on May 6 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I first read this book as part of a sci-fi lit class at Texas A&M University. I had to pull through quite a few novels that I didn't particularly enjoy. Left Hand of Darkness comes to mind - shudder. I didn't enjoy it as much the first time as I did the second time around. Mostly because our class was fortunate to have a professor acquainted with Ms.Wells. She visited with us, talked about publishing, future story ideas, and answered a lot of my questions about the story that hung me up. The second time around was a lot more impressive, and since I knew what to expect let my imagine really soar. I highly reccomend this book for a good change of pace.
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