The King of Bones and Ashes by J.D. Horn

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I am unsure of my feelings for The King of Bones and Ashes, the first book in the Witches of New Orleans series. While the storytelling is fantastic and the writing is awesome, I felt like I chased the climax and then the ending of this story.

It reads very slow.

It’s not just the first five or six chapters either. It didn’t start to pick up for me until halfway through. This book almost lost me so many times.

Don’t get me wrong. J.D. Horn lays out the foundation for this series very well and he’s thorough in his telling. The characters were great, though there are many. There are lots of moving parts to this story with a lot of depth. Without any doubt, the author captures them wonderfully.

The pace was just not for me.

People who have the patience will really enjoy this story. There is plenty of it.

I am undecided if I will move onto the second book of this series or not.

book • details

T I T L E: The King of Bones and Ashes

S E R I E S:  Witches of New Orleans (Nº 1)

A U T H O R: J.D. Horn

P U B L I S H • D A T E : January 23, 2018

P U B L I S H E R: 47 North

I S B N:  9781542047104

Fantasy, Supernatural


From the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Witching Savannah series comes the story of a young witch’s quest to uncover her family’s terrifying 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 courting madness—willing to sacrifice former allies, friends, and family to retain the power they covet. While the other witches watch their reality unravel, young Alice Marin is using magic’s waning days to delve into the mystery of numerous disappearances in the occult circles of New Orleans. Alice disappeared once, too—caged in an asylum by blood relatives. Recently freed, she fears her family may be more involved with the growing crisis than she ever dared imagine.

Yet the more she seeks the truth about her family’s troubled history, the more she realizes her already-fragile psyche may be at risk. Discovering the cause of the vanishings, though, could be the only way to escape her mother’s reach while determining the future of all witches.


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