The Bone Ships by R.J. Barker
Rating: 5/5 stars
Release Date: September 24, 2019
Two nations at war. A prize beyond compare.
For generations, the Hundred Isles have built their ships from the bones of ancient dragons to fight an endless war.
The dragons disappeared, but the battles for supremacy persisted.
Now the first dragon in centuries has been spotted in far-off waters, and both sides see a chance to shift the balance of power in their favour. Because whoever catches it will win not only glory, but the war.
(Blurb as found on goodreads)
** Thank you to Netgalley and Orbit Books for providing me with an eARC of this book**
Aaaahhhh this book was definitely one of my top reads of 2019. It’s one of those books that does a fantastic job of using the familiar as a jumping point, and launching into a world completely it’s own. The world-building is absolutely stunning (and sorry to those in my life who had to listen to me rant about how good it was!). The characters are great, and all expectations were subverted.
I really enjoyed Joron—and his growth!—but I found that I truly got invested through the other characters, Lucky Meas is the type of larger-than-life character that I really adore, and I think she’s done so well. I also got so invested in the Gullaime (y’all are gonna have to read the book if you wanna know why, but I adored it!).
I could continue raving about how good this book was for pages, but I’ll keep it short, it’s a book that stands out well among other fantasy books, with masterful world-building, relatable and flawed characters and a story that it’s impossible not to get sucked into.
Recommended for anyone who’s a fan of fantasy, and who is a sucker for stories on the high seas (okay, let’s be honest I’m gonna be recommending this book to everyone and their dog because I think it’s that good)
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