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Bones of the Past (Arhel #2)

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The City of the First Folk was an Archaeological Find -- and a Lurking HorrorNever dig up the bones of the past -- because the past never dies, and it resents being buried.... A tiny band of outcast children.... A young girl marked for sacrifice.... An ancient scholar.... A head-hunting mage.... An insane historian.... And the discovery of a lost city that brings them all ...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published March 1st 1993 by Baen Books
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The world Holly Lisle's built in this trilogy is massive, complete with clashing cultures, religions, and languages--which is exactly the type of conflict I love. It made the story a little hard to follow at first (which I may have been able to prevent if I'd realized there's an appendix; but I didn't, because I bought the book on kindle, which I find harder to navigate than a book's physical pages). Anyway, despite my initial confusion, I was hooked right away, and it only took me a few chapter ...more
Bones of the Past is the second book in Holly Lisle's Arhel fantasy series, and it stands well on its own. Familiar characters from the first book Fire in the Mist (Faia, Medwind, Nokar) along with some new ones (Roba, Kirtha) set out on a quest to discover the city of the First Folk in the treacherous Wen Jungles. But little do they know that by unearthing the bones of the past, they are unleashing an ancient evil.

Let me begin with what I liked about this book.
-The plotting and characterizatio
Laura of Lurking
A fantastic second novel. While this does have a predecessor and some of the events from that have shaped the story, this novel is set several years after the first and has a largely different setting so it could be read as a stand alone.

This novel is largely set in the forests, with tribes who worship trees, monsters, outcasts as well as a few character from the first novel thrown in. it is a great read, and also touches on many social issues that ourselves have. For example each group believe
A little slow to start but from around half way through, when all character end up together, really turns interesting.
Sean Talbot
while this book was written well it seemed to lack something which made the characters so special
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I used to read all of Ms. Lisle's books. This was an odd one. The first one was a bit over the top with the man hating. This is was a decent follow up I guess.
Apparently a sequel, but worked as a stand alone novel and I did not know until later that it was a follow up book.
Anthea Strezze
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Holly Lisle has been writing fiction professionally since 1991, when she sold FIRE IN THE MIST, the novel that won her the Compton Crook Award for best first novel. She has to date published more than thirty novels and several comprehensive writing courses. She has just published WARPAINT, the second stand-alone novel in her Cadence Drake series.

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