Saturday, May 23, 2020

Pile of Bones (Legends of the First Empire #0.5), by Michael J. Sullivan (author), Tim Gerard Reynolds (narrator)

Audible Studios, January 2020 (original publication August 2019)

Suri is a young apprentice mystic, and one day she and her wolf companion find a cave, and explore it--though the wolf thinks it's a bad idea, and makes that clear. In a hidden chamber in the far back of the cave, Suri finds a pile of bones, and experiences a very strange presence.

And then she makes a potentially fatal mistake. Having accidentally kicked over the pile of bones while fleeing the hidden chamber, once safely out, she finds one bone has been kicked out of the chamber. It's long and straight, and perfect for making a bone flute. She takes it home.

What happens from there is terrifying, and a major test for Suri.

Suri, her wolf companion, the older mystic Suri is apprenticed to, are all nicely developed characters. This is a prequel to the Legends of the First Empire series, and despite my not having read anything else in the series, I found I picked up enough about the fictional world to connect with it and with the characters. Overall, it's enjoyable and interesting.


I'm pretty sure I got this one free from Audible. In any case, I'm reviewing it voluntarily.

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