The Bones Of The Past by Craig A. MunroThe Bones Of The Past by Craig A. Munro

The Bones Of The Past

byCraig A. Munro

Paperback | May 30, 2017

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The Night Guard walk the streets of the old kingdom of Bialta seeking out threats that are beyond the abilities of the common soldier. Nial is one such threat-a girl changed into something "other" and on the hunt for human souls. Salt, a sailor recently rescued by the Night Guard, has been inducted into their ranks. He's a quick study, but as new threats multiply all around them, will he have what it takes to survive?

Bialta is not alone in its woes. Sacral, a city that vanished in the distant past, has reappeared where it once stood at the heart of the Wastes. Like many of Sacral's people, Maura is content living a quiet life, ignoring the outside world. But she finds herself desperately fighting to save her home as war comes to the city returned.

Meanwhile, across the Great Desert, creatures are stirring. Carver, the last living master of the magic known as fleshcarving, has won the support of the tyrant of Tolrahk Esal. Together they will unleash his twisted creations to sweep across the land and forever disrupt the balance of power.

In this epic tale, there is no good and evil. Armies march, demons feed, and deities unleash their powers on a world that will never be the same.
Craig A. Munro has worked in a variety of fields, including government, language instruction, tech blogging, and construction-all while completing a couple of years of med school at the University of Nice and eventually earning a BSc from the University of Ottawa (yes, in that order). He has lived in countries across Europe, North Amer...
Title:The Bones Of The PastFormat:PaperbackDimensions:450 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:May 30, 2017Publisher:InksharesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1942645333

ISBN - 13:9781942645337


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unlike (Better than!) any Dark Fantasy you've read lately Bones of the Past is absolutely unlike any of the other fantasy novels I've read. Heed my warning now: Do not approach this book expecting a slow-building narrative throughline. This story doesn't have the same layer-within-layer plots of The Song of Ice and Fire. It doesn't have the character journey of Lord of the Rings. Bones of the Past hits the ground running and never lets up. Armies are on the march, mad wizards plot for domination of lords and the overthrow of gods, and demons claw at their cages to wreak destruction on the world of mortals. Bones of the Past is to fantasy novels what a massive Role-playing-game like Dragon Age is to video games. Don't be surprised to find that the 'magic system' in Bones isn't really well explained - because magic is just part of the world. Don't be surprised to see that many characters in Bones' cast are blessed with crazy powers and world-rending artifacts and weapons. This book is on steroids! And I think that's the point - this is HIGH-powered fantasy. This is that epic-level Dungeons & Dragons campaign you and your buds always swore you'd run someday - we're talking the upper 20s and 30s here, where the Gods themselves are hunted and overthrown. There are several character threads to follow in Bones - the sailor turned guardsman Salt, the half-demon half-human Zuly/Nial (respectively), the champion turned war-hero turned burnout Jenus, the fleshcarving wizard Carver, Maura- the widow who stands up for her people and ultimately becomes queen, and so many more. Craig A. Munro does an excellent job of keeping all of their trials and tribulations straight, and pacing out the chapters dedicated to each. The story ends on the mother of all cliffhangers (which, for those in the know, is very apt description in this case), and the sample chapter of Munro's sequel "The Tides of Madness" was arguably the best part of this book. I cannot wait to see where these characters end up. Very well done!
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great way to get your epic fantasy groove on! If you like your epic fantasy bold and brash then Craig Munro’s The Bones of the Past is exactly what you need. The story scope is vast and rolls along at a tight pace. The fight scenes are a gory combination of human perseverance and magical enhancement. However, it’s the cast of characters that sets this book apart from normal fantasy adventures. There’s the usual smattering of good and bad, but it’s the characters that exist in the gray middle that I found the most fascinating. Humans, demons and gods all have a soul, and it’s great to see them in all their flawed beauty. I’m very much looking forward to Munro’s next installment.
Date published: 2017-05-14

Editorial Reviews

"Richly imagined, written with great pace and fluency, and bursting with ideas. Craig Munro is a gifted storyteller." -Alan Campbell, bestselling author of the Deepgate codex series "Many fantasy tropes were slain and harmed in the making of this book. Munro dismembers the Hero's Journey and reanimates it in the true fashion of a mad wizard." -Rick Heinz, author of The Seventh Age "This book will kick blood-spattered sand in your eyes, slip its serrated blade around your back, and ravage all your usual expectations of the dark fantasy genre." -Joseph Asphahani, author of The Animal in Man