The King of Bones and Ashes

The King of Bones and Ashes

From the bestselling author of the Witching Savannah series comes the first book in a fascinating trilogy following the quest of a young witch to uncover her family’s terrifying secret history…Magic is seeping out of the world, leaving the witches who’ve relied on it for countless centuries increasingly hopeless. While some see an inevitable end of their era, others are co...

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Title:The King of Bones and Ashes
Author:J.D. Horn
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The King of Bones and Ashes Reviews

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    I instantly felt that The Kings of Bones of Ashes was something I wanted to read and I was thrilled when I got the book to read and couldn't wait! And, the book was great. I was thrilled to read a book about witches set in New Orleans (and not a YA) and the premise of a story about witches that are slowly losing their magic felt refreshingly new.

    The King of Bones and Ashes is the first book in the Witches of New Orleans and the book starts off with a young Alice Marin right before she is sent to

    I instantly felt that The Kings of Bones of Ashes was something I wanted to read and I was thrilled when I got the book to read and couldn't wait! And, the book was great. I was thrilled to read a book about witches set in New Orleans (and not a YA) and the premise of a story about witches that are slowly losing their magic felt refreshingly new.

    The King of Bones and Ashes is the first book in the Witches of New Orleans and the book starts off with a young Alice Marin right before she is sent to an asylum by her father who feared that she was going insane just like her grandmother. She will not come back to New Orleans until 10 years later when her grandfather dies. And, her return will be the start of unstoppable events...

    This book is the kind that I felt right from the start was perfect for me. I love reading Gothic novels set in the American South about old feuds and secrets. The writing really appeals to me and I loved how the book both had a satisfying ending (to the story in this book), but at the same time, a cliffhanger that makes me wanna read the next book since not everything has been resolved.

  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks

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    I have never been to New Orleans myself, so this book was nothing short of an amazing trip. There's jazz. There's color. There are all the French names. There's tribute to the events of Katrina. There's even voodoo – and not your Hollywood scare, but the actual religion

    Not to talk about all of the mythology around it!

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    I have never been to New Orleans myself, so this book was nothing short of an amazing trip. There's jazz. There's color. There are all the French names. There's tribute to the events of Katrina. There's even voodoo – and not your Hollywood scare, but the actual religion

    Not to talk about all of the mythology around it!

    Besides, I feel like this book wouldn't really be anywhere if not for the New Orleans lore!

    I couldn't work it out till the end. Generally, the book is rather slow going, there are no tumbling events, but it truly goes out with a blast

    It keeps a very satisfying pace, and just the right amount of suspense to keep you hooked, but not too stressed.

    I mean, ever since the cat was introduced, I just saw it coming. I never miss an opportunity to talk about cats in my review,

    No, not in words, nothing to cliche, but I promise you THEY TALK AND UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER.

    Primal, dark, coming from the depths of each of our darkest dreams. J.D. Horn dips into the depths of history of the city to create such a monster, and that's a beautiful way of doing it.

    The only reason I remembered to not be scared while reading it was that I was sitting snuggled up in a beanbag, drinking hot chocolate, and the Christmas tree was glowing right beside me reassuringly.

    Actually, it's pretty hard to tell who is a secondary character and who is not – as you would probably call it

    instead of

    The book follows quite a few lines, and

    They are so fleshed out – all different, all unique

    All of this gives the story even more depth.

    I loved the tone – it's a very no-nonsense tone, no silly banter, no fancy invented terms. It's quite down to earth, despite being about clans of witches. But despite my upbeat review,

    It doesn't really seem so from the tone, but when everything that happens, happens... You'll see. So be prepared! I can truly recommend

    , and absolutely can't wait for the sequel!

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  • Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)

     

     

    This book had all the ingredients to be a 5-Star read for me. Fabulous setting (New Orleans). Mystery. Feuding families. Witches and magic. The Boogeyman (Babau Jean). Voodoo, etc. And I enjoyed it mostly, but unfortunately, it also had a few issues that kept me from giving it a higher rating. It was a LONG (and slow) book with multiple POVs and a HUGE cast of characters. So many that at times it became confusing and hard to follow. That said, I enjoyed it enough I will keep my eyes out for bo

     

     

    This book had all the ingredients to be a 5-Star read for me. Fabulous setting (New Orleans). Mystery. Feuding families. Witches and magic. The Boogeyman (Babau Jean). Voodoo, etc. And I enjoyed it mostly, but unfortunately, it also had a few issues that kept me from giving it a higher rating. It was a LONG (and slow) book with multiple POVs and a HUGE cast of characters. So many that at times it became confusing and hard to follow. That said, I enjoyed it enough I will keep my eyes out for book two (this one ends on a cliffhanger of sorts). Yours truly gives this one a solid thumbs up.

     

  • Sara

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    This is, at its heart, a family drama surrounding a coven of witches in the Deep South. Throw in a dash of magic, the bogeyman and the harvesting of dead witches and you've got yourself a good novel.

    I enjoyed the three main protagonists, but especially Alice. We first find Alice locked away in an asylum for witches, haunted by the death of her brother by Babau Jean. She's a complex character, who's a little reserved at first, and

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    This is, at its heart, a family drama surrounding a coven of witches in the Deep South. Throw in a dash of magic, the bogeyman and the harvesting of dead witches and you've got yourself a good novel.

    I enjoyed the three main protagonists, but especially Alice. We first find Alice locked away in an asylum for witches, haunted by the death of her brother by Babau Jean. She's a complex character, who's a little reserved at first, and although it takes a while to warm to her, I found myself enjoying her story the most. I liked the dynamic relationship she has with her siblings in particular, and I felt she had the most character development throughout the novel. Her interactions with Evangeline and Lisette too, and the complex interweaving of their history together was connected well (if a little convoluted).

    The story itself is relatively slow to start as the author sets the scene, and we're introduced to these woman. The plot twists get progressively darker and more horror orientated as it progresses too, which I wasn't expecting, but actually came to appreciate as it added another dimension to the story. It was more than your average 'urban fantasy', and helped keep me interested enough to continue reading.

    The story could be difficult to keep track of at times though, as it jumps timelines and has various points of view, which did affect the flow of the story. I can see a lot of people will struggle with the initial pace of this, but I'm glad I persisted with it.

    An interesting take on the urban fantasy novel that would appeal to those looking for witches with a little extra bite.

  • ❀⊱Rory⊰❀

    2.5 Stars

    Celestin Marin, patriarch of the Marin family and former head of the powerful Chanticleer Coven has died after being in a coma for eight years. During his long illness his son Nicholas has been head of the coven and now is poised to take over permanently. But all is not well in New Orleans. Magic is dying and the scramble for what power remains pits the witches of the city against one another and some are willing to do anything rather than lose their magic.

    I enjoyed J.D. Horn's The Line

    2.5 Stars

    Celestin Marin, patriarch of the Marin family and former head of the powerful Chanticleer Coven has died after being in a coma for eight years. During his long illness his son Nicholas has been head of the coven and now is poised to take over permanently. But all is not well in New Orleans. Magic is dying and the scramble for what power remains pits the witches of the city against one another and some are willing to do anything rather than lose their magic.

    I enjoyed J.D. Horn's The Line and was really looking forward to this one. The premise is great, and it's chock full of my favorite things; witches, magic, mystery, Gothic overtones, New Orleans, family grudges etc. There is just too much of everything coming at you from too many different directions.

    Alice Marin was a wonderful character and I wish the author had stuck with her and one other, perhaps Lisette Perrault. Allowing these two characters to tell the story would have sharpened the focus and made things less confusing. I did like this, and I'm going to keep my eye out for the second book.

  • Robin (Bridge Four)

    I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 

    This book is what I like to call a slow stroll.  If you are patient, not in any hurry to get where you are going and just want to take in the scenery, then you will probably have the temperament needed to get to your destination.

    I’m a pretty patient reader and so I’m fine with wandering around

    I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 

    This book is what I like to call a slow stroll.  If you are patient, not in any hurry to get where you are going and just want to take in the scenery, then you will probably have the temperament needed to get to your destination.

    I’m a pretty patient reader and so I’m fine with wandering around blind in a story for a little while as an author skips around to different characters points of view to build the ambiance and stage the story to come. I actually expected that a little bit for this story because it is set in New Orleans and it seemed like it wanted to encompass the laissez faire attitude of the city.  Still, this flow isn’t going to work for some readers.

    has the feel of a gothic suspense.  The thing it did best was give us an introduction into all the witching families of New Orleans that are going to be in play and some history on their family dynamics.  Some witches are feeling the decline of magic more acutely than others and with power available for magic waning, some witches are willing to go to extremes to hold on to what they can.

    This had some fantastic start up character building in it with a lot of room to grow.  Each character given a PoV in the story shows us a very interesting surface and hints at some depths behind it.  I think character development in the next books will show just how three dimensional all the characters of the story are.  Alice, (the young witch locked in an asylum for years) in particular, I think we have only scratched the surface of who she really is down to her core.  Evangeline is the other.  She is a natural witch who loved one man and then after he died fell in love with his father.  It was different but I still found myself wanting them to figure out a way to work through their past.

    There isn’t a lot of action in the story until the end.  So if you were thinking going into this that it is more of a horror novel, I think you will be disappointed.  There is definitely a boogey man and some gore but it isn’t until the very end and I thought it would be a little scarier throughout. Mostly this is a story about a witch family and a secret they have kept for generations.

    The concepts and ideas for the story are well planned but I struggled to follow a few times due to number of characters, PoV change ups and general pacing of the story.  I loved the mix of both magic and voodoo and the different families that were part of each.  I just wanted the flow of the story to feel a little smother because it got a bit jumpy at times.

    I will continue the series as this is a solid foundation. I read J.D. Horn’s Line series and enjoyed most of it.  But I’m hoping that the next book picks up the pace a little to a solid stride.  

     

  • Bonnie Shores

    I hate to say it, but... This book was a huge disappointment after loving the author's Witching Savannah series. I have read many books that started off slowly and then took their time in order to tell an amazing story. Unfortunately, that is not the case here. I found this book to be boring and confusing and way too long.

    I didn't feel that any of the characters were developed in any meaningful ways; therefore, I felt no connection to any of them. Not one. That would be okay in a fast-paced, plo

    I hate to say it, but... This book was a huge disappointment after loving the author's Witching Savannah series. I have read many books that started off slowly and then took their time in order to tell an amazing story. Unfortunately, that is not the case here. I found this book to be boring and confusing and way too long.

    I didn't feel that any of the characters were developed in any meaningful ways; therefore, I felt no connection to any of them. Not one. That would be okay in a fast-paced, plot-driven story. But while this was a plot-based story, it moved at a snail's pace.

    The book begins in the past, just as Hurricane Katrina is about to hit New Orleans. Something kind of scary almost happens, but then we're thrown forward to the present day. For the first I-don't-know-how-many-chapters, we are introduced to a different character in each new chapter and are thrown into their current situation without any point of reference. At some point, relationships are revealed, but clues as to what's going on are cryptic at best.

    Toward the end, you learn how all the random characters are related, but, for me, it was too late. I was just waiting for the book to end. And then it happened...

    ...the dreaded

    . At the every end, the most ridiculous scenario occured and everything was neatly explained. Except that it didn't really make sense to me. It felt like a tv series that's been unfolding week after week only to find that it's being cancelled so the writers do the best they can to wrap everything up in one episode.

    I wanted to like this book. I really did. I love supernatural fantasy. I find witches and witchcraft very interesting, but this book contained very little on witchcraft. I understand that one of the issues facing the witches of New Orleans was the diminishment of their powers, but still. There was almost nothing magical—just mentions of a more glorious past. The idea of the "dreamer" was really cool, but the various avenues taken to that end were convoluted. Technically, J.D. Horn is a really good writer, but I don't know what happened with this story.

  • Lauren Stoolfire

    Magic is leaving this world, making the witches who've relied on it forever absolutely helpless. Some are willing to accept it, while others are willing to do whatever it takes to stay in power. Alice is using her remaining power to solve the mysterious disappearances of those in occult circles of New Orleans. She knows the feeling as her family put in an asylum and she just recently got out. She's afraid that her family is connec

    Magic is leaving this world, making the witches who've relied on it forever absolutely helpless. Some are willing to accept it, while others are willing to do whatever it takes to stay in power. Alice is using her remaining power to solve the mysterious disappearances of those in occult circles of New Orleans. She knows the feeling as her family put in an asylum and she just recently got out. She's afraid that her family is connected, and the more she investigates the more she comes to realize that her fragile psyche may be in trouble. Figuring this out, though, may be her only way to get out from under her mother's thumb while determining the future of magic.

    by J.D. Horn sounded like it would be exactly my kind of read. There are so many elements that I love - magic and witches, atmospheric setting (New Orleans), voodoo, warring families, and more. Unfortunately, I ended up preferring the concept to the final product. The novel travels at far too slow of a pace for me, and it follows far too many characters to get thoroughly invested in anyone. I liked Alice quite a bit, but I wish that the story would have focused primarily on her (and perhaps one or two others at the most) rather than bouncing back and forth between its enormous cast. There are a lot of characters, and there were many times I had trouble keeping everyone straight in my mind - definitely took me out of the story to have to keep flipping back to the cast list. Overall, J.D. Horn's new release just wasn't for me in the long run, although I wish I could say otherwise. I still would like to try his

    series, which is described as a Southern Gothic urban fantasy with witches.

  • Amalia Gavea

    I never thought that I would find finishing a book set in New Orleans, with a story that includes witches and voodoo traditions and everything such a chore...And yet, it happened. I prompted myself to finish it, I even bribed me with chocolate and ice cream and it was painful. And sad. And it lasted for about two months and a half. And not even watching Clayne Crawford in ''Lethal Weapon'' could make me feel better...

    I won’t occupy your time with long paragraphs. All the problems I faced with th

    I never thought that I would find finishing a book set in New Orleans, with a story that includes witches and voodoo traditions and everything such a chore...And yet, it happened. I prompted myself to finish it, I even bribed me with chocolate and ice cream and it was painful. And sad. And it lasted for about two months and a half. And not even watching Clayne Crawford in ''Lethal Weapon'' could make me feel better...

    I won’t occupy your time with long paragraphs. All the problems I faced with this novel have been described in wonderful reviews. The issues started fairly early and everything went downhill from the sixth, seventh chapter. There was little to no development. The characters were utterly ludicrous with the exception of Alice that was drowned in the sea of indifference. The dialogue was mediocre, at best, and I felt as if I was watching a teen TV series with witches and vampires. Since I don't watch those, the book was not for me. I thought I would love it because I love New Orleans and witches but this novel had very little to give me. Almost nothing apart from a handful of beautiful New Orleans descriptions.

    I know many readers enjoyed this one. Many others didn’t and it is sad to say that I fall into the second category…

    Many thanks to 47North and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange of an honest review.

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