Book Review: 24 Bones by: Michael F. Stewart


Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Non Sequitur Press

Publish Date: February 14, 2013

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: E-book

Order From:  Amazon Kindle / Smashwords

Author Bio:  After crewing ships in the Antarctic and the Baltic Sea and some fun in venture capital, Michael anchored himself (happily) to a marriage and a boatload of kids. Now he injects his adventurous spirit into his writing with brief respites for research into the jungles of Sumatra and Guatemala, the ruins of Egypt and Tik’al, paddling the Zambezi and diving whatever cave or ocean reef will have him. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers and SF Canada, and the author of the Assured Destruction series, 24 Bones, The Sand Dragon, Hurakan, Ruination and several award winning graphic novels for young adults.

Synopsis:
Every five hundred years the phoenix dies.

Samiya, born-into-shadow, is soon to battle her born-into-light brother. Abandoned by their parents, neither wishes to play the preordained role of beast and hero. When their loved ones are taken hostage, they are forced to follow the path laid out in myth, culminating in a battle first fought six thousand years ago in ancient Cairo. A mythic clash where one defeats the other and both become gods.

To break free from their fates, Samiya and her brother must unravel a mystery twisted by cults, greed, and magic. But myth is a powerful force and failure to live up to it may not only destroy their lives but the lives of the ones they love most.

When the phoenix dies, the only certainty is flames.


Review:
When I first started reading ’24 Bones’, I was a little confused about the time frames from past to present. I put my confusion aside when I decided it didn’t matter – this would fit whether it was millennia ago (aside from some technology) or today. The juxtaposition of dark, light, and balance, is brilliantly represented by the Shemsu Seth, Shemsu Hor, and Sisters of Isis. With mutable characters and an ancient belief system brought to life, ’24 Bones’ captures the imagination. The time has come for the spine of Osiris to be reunited and a vicious battle has begun to capture the power. Sam is the daughter of a Sister, given to the Shemsu Seth and the Pharaoh at a young age and trained in the use of the Void. The Shemsu Hor are versed in the use of the Fullness and they reach out to David Nidaal to assist them in their struggles. Sam and David are on opposite sides of the same coin, but nothing is as simple as it seems. In ’24 Bones’ loyalties are tested, alliances shift, and religious truths come to the surface. I was drawn into the intrigue and mystery quickly and enjoyed the wild ride through Egypt.

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