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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (Feb. 22 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439137307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439137307
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 10.3 x 16.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #437,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adrian Phoenix has spun another amazing book. I can't wait to read book 5. It's a series that I will read over and over again. Once again she is able to hold you and make you feel like you are there with in the book.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Disappointed and unsatisfied Feb. 24 2011
By KHensley - Published on
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I'll start by saying how much I've enjoyed the other Maker's Song books. They were interesting, well-written, creative and thoroughly enjoyable. I was very much looking forward to this installment. Sadly, I was not satisfied that the story moved forward in any meaningful way. I was also disappointed that the myriad of hosts, groups, agencies, and rogue individuals who hate/have dastardly plans for/want to control, own or kill Dante has only grown (needlessly). The way it's going, we'll soon be following the pizza delivery guy and mail carrier's assassination plans in agonizing detail.

I feel as if I've been clobbered over the head many, many times with the same elements. I really, really do get the following: Dante has a lot of pain (add migraines, nosebleeds and seizures here, too); Dante has trouble with staying in the present; Heather can help stabilize Dante; a lot of different groups are plotting against Dante and Heather for many different reasons; other factions want to "help/protect" Dante for their own benefit. I won't demean either of us by counting all the pain episodes, flashbacks or groups and their subplots, but I can tell you that 1/3 of the way into the book, I was exhausted by them and already muttering, "I get it, I get it".

The Maker's Song series reminds me of a favorite TV series I watch - so interesting, so intriguing that I can't wait to see what happens. But then December rolls around and the "phoned-in" episodes are run - you know, where the writers go on hiatus and basically reword past takes, string them together and call it "new". Or the main characters sit around musing about the past and show partial re-runs. My point is that "Etched in Bone" is the equivalent of the filler episodes usually run in December; the flavor is stale and the texture is rubbery.

I sincerely hope that the reason for using 380 pages to give us 3 days of story is because we need a bunch of backstory or set up for whatever happens next; perhaps including it all in one book would have made it too long. This was so disappointing that I will get out of the series if the next one follows this same path.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Convoluted, Not Clever March 11 2011
By Infernari - Published on
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This series, which started so promisingly, is taking a rapid downward spiral with this book. The number of would-be assassins increases with every page and none of the sub-plots ever get resolved. Furthermore, the characters are becoming more and more stock, rather than fleshed out, realistic characters. Dante and Heather, who in the first book of this series had actual personalities, have devolved into charicatures. Dante has become no more than a stubborn jerk with PTSD, who's absolute refusal to listen to anyone endangers everyone in such needlessly unrealistic ways. Heather, who once was a clever character, is little more than an equally stubborn love-sick moron who refuses to accept her sister is dangerous. The book is full of way too much scheming, but the scheming is so entirely uncreative that the entire set of every scheming subplot can be broken down into either "must kill monster" or "must use monster". The unrealistic events are becoming ridiculous as well. A fleet of bloody angels consider Dante the most important person living, and none of them bother to follow him back to earth to help? Really? And Dante and Heather know for certain that everyone on the planet is trying to kill them, but they decide to camp out in the most obvious place possible, when they know that only one person with a gun, who's obviously going to be exhausted from running around all night, will be the only one guarding the front door while every other person with any capacity to protect themselves is completely comatose? Is there a more obvious and terrible plot device somewhere in your bag, Ms. Phoenix, or does that pretty much tap out your "let's make it unbearably easy for the bad guys" repertoire?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Love the idea, but this is a short story! May 12 2011
By R. Daily - Published on
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I love the idea of this book, but you could literally read the first pages and skip to the end. This is the book with the least plot of all of this series. I want to know more about these characters, but this book is a cheat!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Such a waste April 19 2011
By crg - Published on
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I have really enjoyed the Maker Song series. It's gritty and unusual. Unfortunately, this book doesn't really add anything new to the story. The entire book is a setup for the next one and depressing to boot. Not a fun read. I'll pick up the next one, hoping the author moves the story line, but I didn't bother finishing this one.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Gritty, Dark, Smart Read March 8 2011
By Cheystar - Published on
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I love the Urban Fantasy genre, and I completely enjoy The Maker's Song series. Etched In Bone is no exception. Filled with action, and many twists and turns, it kept me turning pages until the end. I looked forward to the release of this book, and it did not disappoint.

Dante is part Fallen, part True Blood and only wants his own life with his love and the one who anchors him, Heather. Of course, any great read has to have some twists to keep us coming back, and Etched In Bone pulls you in and holds you, and has you wanting the next book as soon as your finished.

This is one of my favorite series, and Etched In Bone is a great addition to the series. This is such an intelligently written series, that I can't wait to read more.

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