Thank you, Hans, for reaching out and sending me an eBook copy of Them Old Bones for free in exchange for honest review. This book is available on Kindle Unlimited.
Title: Them Old Bones
Author: Astor Y Teller
Dragons didn’t exist until recently.
Neither did traitors, until Miriam Huckerpucker started nosing around in The Vault where she and the other undeads are holed up, when they are not out in the countryside picking up haunted bones, which is what they do for an unliving.
For Miriam, who has been in the game for a while, with a refined skill set in magic spelling and swordy gymnastics and mourning classes, the hard part is not bone picking but catching homing pigeons which like all living beings don’t fancy the undead at all.
When no pigeons arrive from the undead expedition to barbarian lands, where the first known dragon’s bones lay waiting, Miriam suspects a traitor is messing about with the pigeon post. Mustering someone who is literally dying to get a new occupation and also getting an undead dog into the bargain, her investigations unravel a sinister plot far bigger than The Vault.
I thoroughly loved this quick little read I have seen another review comparing this book to the discworld series and I get it. The humour is in the same vein and its executed similarly.
One of my favourite things in this book was its magic system yes, I know I am sucker for a good magic system. This is a compliment, but I enjoyed the word salad of spell casing there was no over complicated language it was just great word salad and made me giggle. There is a lot of clever word play in this book from character names, locations, and spell word salad.
The interlude chapter in this book is a brilliant lesson in word building as I thought it was a great tool to get the lore and world building across and is also a great way to get a more in-depth description of the main protagonist Miriam into the book without seeming too info dumpy.
The story is a quick read, and the story grabs your hand and tells you to run from the very first chapter. The story doesn’t let up, the story and the characters aren’t lost though. The cheeky one liners made me giggle and really help speed the story along also the death humour is just chefs’ kiss.
I can’t wait to read the second book in the series and
have added to my kindle tbr.