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ISBN: 0812567080
Author: Martha Wells
Language: English
Publisher: Tor Fantasy (June 15, 1996)
Category: Fantasy
Subcategory: Fantasy
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 156
Size Fb2: 1616 kb
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In The City of Bones, Wells tells the story of a young Krismen called Khat. Martha Wells is a true journeyman of her craft and understands how to craft a story that draws you in and keeps you there.

In The City of Bones, Wells tells the story of a young Krismen called Khat. He's part of a species that was biologically engineered to survive in the Wastes after the land burned and the seas boiled away. But there are human survivors of the destruction as well, and the two species exist in an uneasy alliance against the deadly creatures of the Wastes. When I wasn't reading on the story, I found my mind wandering back to it as I did other things. THAT is craft - and Wells has it.

Watch out for Martha Wells–I get the feeling she is playing with a different Dungeons and Dragons set than the rest of the world. Rarely has someone in fantasy so consistently impressed me with inventiveness. In City of Bones, she does it again. City of Bones is set in the city of Charisat, one of the few major cities remaining after an apocalypse has nearly destroyed humanity.

City of Bones by Martha Wells This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or current events is purely. This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or current events is purely coincidental.

Now, with City of Bones, Wells shapes a fabled and mysterious Arabian Nights wonderland in which. science and magic meet in a head-on clash. It is a place that has been devastated by an ancient holocaust, and where most of the worldтАЩs water has evaporated. But out of the ashes, a bizarre and wonderful civilization arises. Sand ships now traverse the routes once used by the great war galleons, and a glittering chain of city-states dot the Great Waste. And greatest of them all is Charisat. Charisat, Imperial seat and wonder of wonders, a great monolithic structure towering over the desert.

Wells, Martha t to stay with her. On the Secon. On the Second Tier they were stopped three times by patrolling vigils, who were much inclined to throw Khat off the tier wall, but finally passed them both on after examining Elen’s token. Finally they reached the small garden, which was strange with shadow shapes under the darkened sky, lit only by the lamps hanging on the walls of the nearby houses

Redirected from City of Bones (Martha Wells novel)). Martha Wells (born September 1, 1964) is an American writer of speculative fiction.

Redirected from City of Bones (Martha Wells novel)). She has published a number of fantasy novels, young adult novels, media tie-ins, short stories, and nonfiction essays on fantasy and science fiction subjects. Wells has won a Nebula Award, a Locus Award, and a Hugo Award.

Martha Wells' Rogue Protocol is the third in the Murderbot Diaries series, starring a human-like android who keeps getting sucked back into adventure after adventure, though it just wants to be left alone, away from humanity and small talk. Who knew being a heartless killing machine would present so many moral dilemmas?

City of Bones - Martha Wells. I know where you live. One of us will meet you there at sunrise. He turned back to the Patrician, spoke with him a moment, then all three retreated up the street. Watching them go, Sagai sighed.

City of Bones - Martha Wells. Chapter One. –– Somewhere else, in a room shadowed by age and death, a man readies himself to look into the future for what may be the last time. The day was long, and Khat was bored with bargaining. He said, So you've gotten yourself hired for some uncertain and suspicious purpose by an upper-tier relic dilettante. You have some clever way out of this, I assume?

In The City of Bones, Wells tells the story of a young Krismen called Khat

In The City of Bones, Wells tells the story of a young Krismen called Khat. He’s part of a species that was biologically engineered to survive in the Wastes after the land burned and the seas boiled away. Khat lives in Charisat, a human city, making a precarious living as a relic trader. That would have been more than enough to grab my attention, but Wells weaves in history, politics, conspiracy, intrigue and a bit of classic who-dunnit to make the story an absolute page-turner.

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Comments:

Cordanius
When asked, I've always said I prefer science fiction to fantasy because of the possibility, however remote, that some part of the story might be true. Or become true. Some day. Yet if I'm honest with myself, I have to admit that I do love sci-fan as well.

To me, sci-fan is pragmatic fantasy in which the real and the unreal blend seamlessly to create impossible worlds that we nevertheless accept as possible. Dune, by Frank Herbert is probably the best known example of sci-fan, closely followed by Tad Williams' Otherland. And then there's Robin Hobb's Farseer saga. It's more fantasy than science, and yet the life-cycle of the dragons is no more unbelievable than the metamorphosis of caterpillars into butterflies.

Well now I have a new sci-fan author to add to my pantheon - Martha Wells.

In The City of Bones, Wells tells the story of a young Krismen called Khat. He's part of a species that was biologically engineered to survive in the Wastes after the land burned and the seas boiled away. But there are human survivors of the destruction as well, and the two species exist in an uneasy alliance against the deadly creatures of the Wastes.

Khat lives in Charisat, a human city, making a precarious living as a relic trader. Relic traders are like a combination of archeologist/palentologist/anthropologist, with a bit of a conman/thief added in, and relics are fragments from the lost world of the Ancients.

That would have been more than enough to grab my attention, but Wells weaves in history, politics, conspiracy, intrigue and a bit of classic who-dunnit to make the story an absolute page-turner. I loved it.

If you like sci-fan too then I strongly recommend The City of Bones.
Kabandis
City of Bones (Kindle Edition) by Martha Wells

I had previously read the author's MurderBot series and loved them. So I decided to take a stroll in Fantasy, and loved this book too! The fantasy is minimal enough to be believable (within the context) but also at times powerful enough to drive the plot. Happily, the fantasy is not overbearing nor heavy handed.
The characters are a delightful mixture and our heroes an unlikely company. We have Sagai, a learned man that cannot be a Scholar. And Khat, who is not allowed to be a citizen, and barely tolerated within the city. Yet Khat is the one with the most knowledge, especially about the relics they buy and sell together. How these two men get strangely involved with Even, a Warder for the city, and even more strangely get intertwined with subplots and plots and betrayal and politics... Well, that's why you are reading the book! Enjoy! I certainly did!
Tar
This is a fine book with interesting history and concepts that never really came together for me. I kept reading to know how it turned out, but it felt much longer than it actually was (I was eyeing the Kindle percent completion the whole time). Even as the book neared its conclusion, the author stopped to describe aspects of the setting or society, which broke any narrative tension that had built. The main characters did not really develop - Khat was the outsider who got beat up for being different but was deadly in his own right, Sagai was the poor learned man with a good heart and a family, and Elen was the self-doubting rich girl with unreliable powers. What romance there was felt shoe-horned in, and the way the main characters interacted with new characters didn't always make sense. As other reviewers have noted, it felt like a sequel was being set up only to conclude on an odd note.
My least favorite aspect was definitely the Kindle edition, which had numerous typos, spacing errors, and seemed to be missing some breaks within the chapter.
Thomand
It seems that every Amazon fantasy recommendation I get these days involves a coming-of-age story of young boy destined to fight an ancient evil.

This book is a refreshing change of pace. It creates a very intriguing, post-Apocalyptic world where life is harsh unless you are one of the privileged few. Within that world, there are some very interesting characters, some from a privileged background and the main characters from the lower segments of society - Khat belongs to a mutant/engineered race called Kris, who arent even accepted as having souls, by most of society. So from a worldbuilding point of view, this creates a really, really fresh background for the story.

The story itself is told quite differently as well - unlike a "omg, we must do X, Y, Z or the Dark Lord will take over the world" type of quest, the characters - and the reader - muddle along without knowing what's at stake: that is only revealed towards the end. The scale of this story is much smaller than "save the world"... it is Khat's struggle to save himself from whatever machinations he's gotten into. So yeah, in that context, the grand denouement isnt as taut or climactic as in other stories, but i dont see that as a fault: that is very much in keeping with the scale of the book.

And yes, between the original world setting and an equally original story that flows with ease and ample development, this is a book that was very hard to put down. I was hooked by page 3.

I rarely give books 5-stars but this is definitely a 5-star read for fantasy buffs, IMO.
Anayaron
This was a very good book. I bought it with the impression that it was sci-fi (for some reason), and I got that old sinking feeling when I realised it was fantasy. I used to love fantasy when I was a kid, but the older I get... Well suffice it to say this one hasn't got a hint of Tits'n'Dragons. Interesting, multidimensional characters who say things that people might say, original setting, fresh, ominous take on magic. Reminds me a bit of Patrick Rothfuss, or the lady (whose name I can never remember) who wrote Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrel. At any rate, head and shoulders above the things I generally find in the Kindle store for 2.99. I shall definitely be looking at Mrs Well's other works.

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