Bone Gods

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Bone Gods

Black London Series #3

Pete Caldecott is having a bad time of it. Jack has been gone for six months and it is finally sinking in that he won't be coming back. Pete's old partner in the Metropolitan Police has called her to take a look at a case that looks like her cup of tea. A man is found murdered at the base of the Ramses statue in the British Museum. Ollie calls Pete because the dead guy was covered in scar tissue from his collarbone down into his trousers in an intricate, disturbing, and deliberate pattern. Before you know it, Pete is in deep as witch hunters come knocking, necromancers stop by, and goddesses popping in to say I told you so. All of them want something from Pete and she isn't in a generous mood. Suddenly, just like a cat, Jack is back. Except he isn't the same and he is keeping secrets from Pete. Will Pete give into the Hecate's demand that Jack must die in order to save the world? Or will Pete tell them all to go to Hell?

The Black London books are far from cozy. They aren't cute little stories to cuddle up with and Bone Gods is no different. Pete and Jack are damaged people. Dysfunctional doesn't even begin to explain their relationship. But you can't help but root for them, especially Pete. She wants to do what is right and save people but refuses to be told how to do it. She is tough, hard as nails with a hidden softness and she would kick me in the teeth for saying so. I love switching perspectives every other book and seeing the world through Pete's eyes. When Jack shows back up, you know it means bad news but you can't help but be glad to see the crow-mage. There are some seriously creepy parts, especially The Morrigan and The Hecate to name a few. This book is definitely a middle book; some things are tied up but new problems are waiting in the wings. This is one of my favorite series and it continues to surprise me with its bleakness and then soften it with hope. I never know where the Black London series is going to take me and I can't wait to see where the road leads.

Book Blurb for Bone Gods

Pete Caldecott is trying to survive in Black London without Jack Winter, her teacher and closest friend. After Jack was turned into a demon, he went to live far out of hell. But for Pete, surviving is no easy matter. The Black is rife with turf wars between mages and necromancers, the witch-hunting Order of the Malleus has resurfaced, and the gods themselves seem to be at each other's throats. Then Jack reappears, as the head of hell's army, and Pete has to choose between Jack, and her duties as a Weir--which demand she kill him to save the world from certain destruction...

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2010 4.50