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The Bones of the Earth (Dark Age Trilogy #1)

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The Dark Age, eastern Europe: the earth has decided to rid itself of humanity with earthquakes, volcanoes and new plagues. Civilizations, even the mighty Roman Empire, crumble under the pressure of barbarian waves that are fleeing worse terrors.

Rejected by his own people, pursued by a dragon, young Javor heads for Constantinople, the centre of civilization, looking for an
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Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published December 20th 2011 by The Written Word Communications Co. (first published November 19th 2011)
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Elise Stokes
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I don’t usually read fantasy, but after this novel it’s a genre I’ll explore more. Scott Bury is a talented storyteller and had clearly done his homework before launching into this one. His writing is solid and vivid. I had no problem picturing setting, mythical creatures, brutal battle scenes, and feeling the emotional turmoil warrior Javor experienced with the loss of his family, betrayal, and other challenges he faced on his quest. Javor is a brilliant chara
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Cinta
I have absolutely loved this book and I was very sad when I reached the ending. Javor, the main protagonist, is a very special character and it is amazing to see the story and events develop through his eyes. Great book for lovers of both fantasy and historical fiction.
When the village where Javor lives gets attacked by a hideous creature, Javor's life will change dramatically. Join him in his way to Constantinople, a trip that will be full of dangers, finding enemies, dragons, and other creatur
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Will Granger
The Bones of the Earth, Part 1: Initiation Rites is the first novel by author Scott Bury. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to much more from him. I liked this coming-of-age epic filled with believable characters and situations, tense action, and mystical, magical elements. This is the story of Javor, a young man unknowingly destined to defend the world against evil forces pouring out of the east.

The story begins with a fertility ritual led by Vorona, the village witch and performed by th
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Roger Eschbacher
When his people are attacked -- first by vicious horsemen, then by an unspeakable horror from the depths of a dark pit -- village outcast Javor finds abilities stirring within that hint he might not be destined for the life of a simple farmer.

Armed with his great-grandfather's special dagger, Javor first sets out to rescue two village girls, then to seek revenge for his parents deaths -- the very beginning of an epic quest where nothing less than the fate of the human race is at stake.

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KD Rush
Title: The Bones of the Earth, Book I
Author: Scott Bury
Publisher: The Written Word Communications Company
Format: Kindle Edition
Interest: Fantasy / Series
Rating 0-100: 93 (5 Stars)

With his debut novel, Scott Bury has firmly established his place in the fantasy genre. The plot is solid, the pace is quick, and the characters are well written. Typically I read two or three books at a time, jumping from one to the other between sittings. I was not able to do that with this one. My intention to read t
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Haresh Daswani
It did take me time to get to reading this book due to pending work, and honestly, thanks to this book, my load of work has further increased.

The moment I have started reading this book, I found it almost impossible to put it down. Scott has a very fluid and colorful way of telling a story, and it does not stop and drag in the middle, he brings you from one place to the next, like a vagabond, awaiting to see what comes next, and who will be the next girl beside the main hero.

Fantasy stories have
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Gillian Andrews
This a vivid and compelling first novel. Scott Bury has the knack of making his scenes spring to life, which should make it a strong contender for a film deal at some stage. The mix of real fact and history with fiction is potent, and the plot is nicely complex. Although the author describes his genre as “Historical Magic Realism” this is a great find for Epic Fantasy fans.
Zoe Saadia
Epic fantasy and history woven together.

I had a wonderful time reading “The Bones of the Earth” by Scott Bury.

The story of young Javor is fascinating. It unfolds slowly and beautifully, with its ring of authentic surroundings of ancient Europe’s strange customs and believes. The Slavic mythology is rare in general fiction (vampires aside) and well researched novels on this subject are next to non-existent. So aside from a good story, “The Bones of the Earth” is standing out on that score too.

Th
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Kate's Reads
Scott Bury's "The Bones of the Earth" is a mystical, yet historical tale of a young man's quest for truth and enlightenment. The story takes place in eastern Europe during the sixth century, a time when Rome was crumbling and the barbarians were unleashing their power on helpless villagers.

As the story begins, Javor's village is raided by Avors and two young girls are kidnapped. He sets off with his friend and his great-grandfather's dagger determined to save them. When they return to the villag
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Frederick Brooke
I love books that take me to another place and time. I devoured “The Mammoth Hunters” by Jean Auel, and when I started reading “Bones of the Earth” by Scott Bury I suddenly, happily found myself back in a world long before modern times, when the tools were rudimentary, and people lived in a close and intense and often dangerous relationship to the Earth. Set in the 6th century C.E., “Bones” is the story of a young warrior, Javor, living in the Carpathian Mountains, round about where Ukraine, Rom ...more
Marilou George
Scott Bury has defined this book as “Historical magic realism” and after reading The Bones Of The Earth (The Dark Age) I totally agree. This genre of book is quite a departure for me but I found this story to be amazingly detailed, thought provoking and captivating on many levels. It is very apparent that a tremendous amount of research went into the writing of this book and coupled with the amazing characters and plot twists I could not put this book down.

Javor has just turned 14 years of age w
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Roger Eschbacher
When his people are attacked -- first by vicious horsemen, then by an unspeakable horror from the depths of a dark pit -- village outcast Javor finds abilities stirring within that hint he might not be destined for the life of a simple farmer.

Armed with his great-grandfather's special dagger, Javor first sets out to rescue two village girls, then to seek revenge for his parents deaths -- the very beginning of an epic quest where nothing less than the fate of the human race is at stake.

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Jeremy Poole
This book was a great read. Historical fantasy is a genre I love, and Scott has done himself proud. For readers of The hobbit, Gladiator or George and Dewi, you’ll love this.
The main character of Javor is a typical teenager, falling in love at every opportunity, fast to react and wearing his heart on his sleeve. The tale move fast from Dacia to Constantinople and back to the outback.
Our hero has to save civilization and has to deal with Dragon, trolls, dwarfs, heroes, witches and kings in this
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Alan McDermott
I bought this book on a recommendation, despite it not being my favourite genre. I'm more of a guns and grenades person than swords and dragons, but it took very little time to get into this book and I was soon carried away in the tale spun by Scott Bury.

It's the story of Javor, a fifteen-year-old village outcast who fate throws in the path of Photius, a mysterious stranger from Greece.

I won't go into the synopsis in case I spoil it for you, but my heart was beating faster as the main encounter
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Alan McDermott
I bought this book on a recommendation, despite it not being my favourite genre. I'm more of a guns and grenades person than swords and dragons, but it took very little time to get into this book and I was soon carried away in the tale spun by Scott Bury.

It's the story of Javor, a fifteen-year-old village outcast who fate throws in the path of Photius, a mysterious stranger from Greece.

I won't go into the synopsis in case I spoil it for you, but my heart was beating faster as the main encounter
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Marilyn Dieckmann
I had no idea what to expect when I bought this book. The description was compelling and I decided to give it a read.

What I didn't expect was a story that sucked me in with its expertly written scenes... visuals of earthy characters and a time so raw that life was laid bare in the face of unspeakable evil. You'll cheer for the unlikely hero and weep when his life is devastated by life-sucking grief. Wow, who knew?

No spoilers here... read the book. Scott Bury will weave his spell and you'll want
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Gae-Lynn Woods
Scott Bury's THE BONES OF THE EARTH is one of those rare books I can sink into while the 'real' world recedes. This is the story of a boy who leaves his village to avenge his family's murder and finds a world of terrifying mythical creatures, strange people with hidden agendas, and cities filled with unexpected luxury. The characters and time period are captivating, and Bury shows us the main character's (Javor) growth from unsure adolescent to courageous man.

Bury seamlessly weaves together hist
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Antoinette Ouellette




This story is a weird and wonderful weaving of many genres He disappoints in none of the myths or horror creatures even Fantasy with dragons in a historical setting at the time of the Roman Empire..finding Magical amulets ,magic knife and true love only to lose them all The story is the trip to return all his future along with his heirlooms.Scott Bury is indeed a Dream Weaver..skillfully done! Bravo!
Kelly Banton
A marvelous read - it is clear how much work went into this book. The details of the everyday lives of the characters is rich and interesting. The various myths and legends woven into the story line make you smile.

Scott Bury's writing style is comfortable, and easy to lose yourself in. I spent the better part of a day stuck in the book, in spite of all the other things I had to do!
Gary Henry
This short, snappy tale has blood, gore, sex, battles, monsters, emotion -- all the ingredients of a classic fantasy adventure. It's more of an intro, ala The Hobbit, than a full-fledged epic, but fun nevertheless.
Pauline Ross
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This is a curious book. The setting is unusual, sixth century Eastern Europe, although it didn’t feel any different from a great many other fantasy works in that respect, at least not in the early parts. The protagonist, Javor, is an interesting character, an immature fifteen year old who doesn't fit in at all with his family and society and is shunned as an outcast. Of course, he has strange powers, not yet fully developed and... Well, I think
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Kerin
Aug 24, 2012 Kerin marked it as to-read
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Firerat1
I only read this book because of how mean he was to my favorite Author Elicia Clegg. I was only looking for grammar and spelling errors...to be mean.....and I found them.

First: page two, he not capitalized, page six............Double periods..
But wait, this is a knee jerk reaction and I decide why not read the story.

To quote: The moon’s lower edge cleared the tallest tree and Vorona startled them all by crying
“Worship, young people!” She lifted her hands. “Mistress of the night, Mysyach, bless u
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Kathy Stoops
I felt as though I had read this book before. When I look for a "goodread" a want something original. I read "Hunger Games" and I thought of Stephen King. I know authors draw from others but I felt this one went to far. I am glad I bought this for only a dollar.
Benjamin
Would of been 5 star, it was a great beginning. Its become a 1 star book because the author has decided to wright a whole bunch of books that have nothing to do with the "series" without bothering to continue the series.
Steve
Not for me, but maybe it was the opening of the book. Don't take my word, read the first few pages to decide for yourself.
Kim
Cool concept, but there needs to be better editing done, and the colloquialisms needed to be standardized.
Linda
I wanted to read more. I will now read the full book BONES OF THE EARTH.
Kali
Kali marked it as to-read
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