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By These Ten Bones

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  794 ratings  ·  117 reviews
There’s hidden places all over this land-old, old places. Places with a chain for them to chain up the wolf when it’s time.

A mysterious young man has come to a small Highland town. His talent for wood carving soon wins the admiration of the weaver’s daughter, Maddie. Fascinated by the silent carver, she sets out to gain his trust, only to find herself drawn into a terrifyi
Paperback, 229 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by Square Fish (first published May 1st 2005)
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I loved this little werewolf book. Clare Dunkle has a wonderful way of evoking the dark past with her rich tales of ghosts, goblins and werewolves. By These Ten Bones made me think of a scary tale told by the campfire. Yet it’s also so rich in atmosphere, describing the creepy, Scottish landscape. I could feel the misty fog and smell the smoky peat. In fact, the spookiness is the best part of the book, reminding me a little bit of The Woman in Black, yet much simpler to read. Not that I
For romance, 3 stars. For horror, 5 stars. This is a spine-chilling romance for young adults, set in the highlands of Scotland in the Middle Ages. It's told in third person:
"Your shadow," Maddie stammered, pointing to the ground behind him. "It moved. Moved by itself. I saw it."
In this book, werewolves are malevolent shadowy parasites that manifest into something even more dreadful under a full moon. Not sexy. Some of the superstitious villagers are also malevolent (at times), lending historic
Jun 08, 2014 Hannah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hannah by: Jeannette
Shelves: 2014-reads, ya
Wonderfully atmospheric YA story. Good writing that set the mood of medieval Scotland, with descriptions that were well drawn and evocative. Our heroine Maddie was a type I particularly like (especially in a YA novel): not particularily beautiful or a "super-speschul snowflake"; often anxious and filled with doubts about what she could do - but in the end she finds her confidence and proves her worth.

Although there are some semi-graphic descriptions of bloody maulings and werewolves, otherwise t
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
The story was not as intricate as I would have liked, but the gothic atmosphere was appealing, and I liked Maddie and Carver/Paul's characters. I also liked the message about sacrificial love.

Overall rating: 3.5/5.0 stars.

Reviewed for Bitten by Books.
When I first saw this book I was pulled in by the cover. It was so dark and the way the woman’s head is thrown back in ecstasy was just gripping. I immediately picked it up, read the synopsis, decided I HAD to have it, and promptly bought it. I am so glad I did. It has to be the best paranormal related book I have read since Sunshine by Robin McKinley. I immediately fell in love. I’d even go as far as to say that this is my favorite werewolf book, hands down.

This book was rich with historical c
This is the third book I've read by Clare B. Dunkle, and I've really enjoyed them all. What's more, they've all been really, incredibly different books. The Sky Inside is a dystopian future scifi about a boy who leaves his domed world to find the truth. The House of Dead Maids is a seriously freaky prequel to Wuthering Heights that explains how Heathcliff is adopted by Catherine's dad. And this book is a werewolve-ish (he's like no other werewolf I've read about) romance-ish story set in probabl ...more
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BY THESE TEN BONES (BTTB) was an enjoyable read, though I admit that I had a few issues with the novel. If anything, it has more to do with the manuscript's age and what was accepted by agents and publishers back then. But first, let's focus on the good, shall we?

Clare knows how to make generally likable, strong heroines. She also knows how to weave an interesting plot and write vividly beautiful descriptions. I think that these two elements alone encouraged me to continue reading this novel.

Lyra Dimagiba
I love the book! I mean, seriously! It's great!
The plot, the twist, the love story... everything is great and well-written! When I finished reading the book, I was like... "That's it? I want more!".
I also found the characters that I despised at first, turned out to be really good natured people.
The only thing that I think the story lacked was a little more of romance. I mean, I'd really like to read a scene where the two of them would kiss... even at the ending, that would be fine. I just wan
nancy (The Ravenous Reader)
When I was given the opportunity to read BY THESE TEN BONES by Clare B. Dunkle I jumped at the chance. It was not the first novel that I have read by this author so I was intrigued.

This story centers on Maddie, a curious young girl who lives in a small Scottish village that one day is visited by a traveler and his mute companion, Paul. It is not long before a dark shadow falls about the village and bad things begin to happen. Paul is gravely injured by a creature one night and while he is on the
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
3.5 stars

When a mysterious mute, wood carver visits Maddie's village, she can't help but be drawn to him. Getting his attention is going to be harder than Maddie realizes. After her village has given up on him and deemed him an idiot, Maddie can't help herself and she wants to know more about him. Not one for words, this piercing green eyed, angst stranger isn't willing to give away his secrets. After a turn of events and an attack from an evil shadow like creature, Carver, as Maddie calls him,
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
Reviewed by Lori @ Romancing the Darkside:

Not your usual young adult paranormal romance!

Set in the Highlands of Medieval Scottland, Maddie is the young daughter of weaver in a small village. She lives a quiet but happy life in her tight knit community and hopes to one day get married and start a family of her own. While out in the town one day, Maddie encounters a good looking young man who happens to be a very talented carver. Although their encounter is
Kiirsi Hellewell
For the majority of this book, I wasn't sure I liked it. I didn't even know if I wanted to finish reading it.

I picked it up because I really loved Clare Dunkle's "Hollow Kingdom" trilogy. But this book was very different in style, tone, setting...everything. The inhabitants and setting of a tiny, mud-covered Scottish hamlet in the dark or middle ages were so realistically drawn that it was almost gross...the foul smells, the animals nearly sleeping in the beds, nobody ever washing. I know that's
Maddie lives in a small town in the Scottish Highlands during the Middle Ages. It is very rare for strangers to visit the town; a couple of times a year, traveling merchants might come by with their wares. One such group of travelers includes a mysterious young man who is extremely talented at woodcarving. Maddie is immediately drawn to the stranger, and he to her. But then strange things begin to happen in the village. The young carver is attacked, and Maddie thinks she saw and heard the monste ...more
I've read other things by Dunkle before (The Hollow Kingdom, The House of Dead Maids), and one of the things I really like about her is that she seems willing to confront the darker aspects, the things that make you uncomfortable. This is something I've come to associate with her, and I really do like it. But another thing I've come to associate with Dunkle is stories that come so closeto making me feel the need to push them into everybody's hands, but not quite making it. This was true of By Th ...more
Dunkle has a gift for tackling darker themes in folklore while still keeping a thread of sweetness permeating her stories. I overcame my initial flinch away from things Scottish (I blame the sighting of too many lurid Highlander romance titles) and settled into a simple yet lush tale of Maddie, the weaver's daughter who's the only person that a traveling wood-carver will talk to. And so she learns his secret...

I loved the evocation of a medieval Scottish village, where men have to work the field
Why I read this: I've loved the two novels I've read by Clare and had to give this one a shot.

Plot: Set back in history, Maddie lives in a time where women are burned or hung for being witches, where people still believe magic is a live. When a traveler comes to town, she falls in love for the first time, but there's a secret surrounding his appearance, involving the death of a few villagers. Maddie will have to decide how much she will risk for love.

There were some scenes in the novel that are
This was such an adorable fairytale type story. My friend has been wanting me to read this book for years and I'm so glad I finally picked it up. It was certainly nothing I was expecting, which almost made it even better. I don't really even have that much to say about it except that it was really good, seeing the way that Maddie and Paul/Carver cared about each other just made my heart melt, and I think this would make a really good movie.
this was a nice short read, and covered a bit of scottish folklore and religious superstition way back when real men still wore kilts. it's set in a small isolated town on the shore of a scottish loch (so there's got to be some really good monster story here). it's Werewolves: the Scottish Edition. pretty cool. it kind of reminds my of My Swordhand is Singng by Marcus Sedgwick--an old, often untold story of scary creatures, a small, isolated population, and dreary climate. great fireplace-on-a-c ...more
Kelly Aley
This was not a great follow-up to my Hollow Kingdom high I had been on. I guess I didn't really enjoy the world as much. It felt more thrown together than well crafted. I do recommend the Hollow Kingdom, and still think I would try another book from this author, but this wasn't my favorite.
This is a unique take on the werewolf legend, set in a well-realized medieval Scottish landscape. Dunkle's tendency to "tell" rather than "show" is still very much in evidence here, and the ending was a bit predictable, but it's a good, fast adventure with a real sense of menace.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
What happens when you fall in love with a werewolf? Takes place in Scotland. Full of nice plot twists and a great heroine.
The notes at the end of this book mentioned that the Hollow Kingdom trilogy is filled with magic set in a time period when no one believed in magic. Dunkle decided to write a book about magic in a time when everyone believed in magic and allowed it to have a big part in their lives. I really liked the historical details. They are meticulous but not overly obvious. The main characters, Maddie and Paul, were well written. I sympathized with them both and understood their motivation without any tro ...more
E. Anderson
Just when you thought you were sick of werewolves, I have for you a book that is unlike any other werewolf book you’ve seen. For one thing, the mythology is raw and old and steeped in the folklore of the Scottish highlands. The werewolf in Clare B. Dunkle‘s BY THESE TEN BONES is less a wolf and more of a shadow creature — a demon that takes over a man’s body on the night of the full moon. And, unfortunately for young Maddie, the weaver’s daughter, a young man with this affliction is in her villa ...more
The time and world of By These Ten Bones is one rift with superstition and folklore and the version of the werewolf told in this story is one that stems from original legend. That every full moon the man inflicted with the werewolf curse becomes a beast and hunts the ones he loves and unfortunately for our main character, Maddie, that’s her. Set in the medieval Scottish Highlands Maddie’s nameless, little village is visited by two travellers; one, a lazy drunk and the other an apparently mute wo ...more
This book has been recommended to me by so many people who loved the heck out of it. I finally broke down and took it out of the library. I was less then impressed. I didn't hate it but I didn't love it either. Maybe it had been hyped too much and thus my expectations were far too high.

I loved the idea of the plot (Scotland and werewolves? Yes, please!) I thought the dark atmosphere and tension and sense of unease was portrayed really well. This book did a creep me out a few times (the head, any
By These Ten Bones is quite different than your ordinary werewolf tale. Here things go bump in the night and superstitions reign supreme.

When I read novels that have historical settings, I tend to expect a few things: accuracy, feeling like I have been transported to another time, etc. In this, By These Ten Bones succeeded beautifully. The novel takes place in Scotland. And from the every beginning, I felt like I had stepped into Maddie's world. Dunkle builds up this world so that you feel like
Maddie lives in a small village in Scotland, where the people call themselves Christians but older traditions still have a strong hold. At the market, she meets a silent boy who carves wood. She's instantly drawn to him. And that's before he ever talks to her. Then an evil presence raids the village and Carver is hurt.

Clare B. Dunkle's language is simple and direct, most of the time. She becomes more romantic when describing environments, but never reaches purple. Her choice of diction is well-s
Hazel West
Thoughts on the Overall Book: Okay, I think it's time to admit that I have a thing for werewolf books BUT only those that are either historical, or like REAL werewolf legends (none of those modern day werewolf romances, please!) This one fit the bill and because it was set in Scotland, that made it all the better!

Cover--Yea or Nay: I actually love this cover. I like the sketchiness of it, and the font is awesome. Even though there's a character on it, I think it looks rather like Paul and I like
Sarah "Mir"
I never, NEVER ever want to see this book or author again.

Agh. It left a bad taste in my mouth, and I almost did not finish it. But I was less than ten pages away and I just decided to finish it for the sake of my 200 reading goal.

A friend recommended this book to me, but I really wish she hadn't.

This book is set in Scotland and is about werewolves. I did not think it would be so dark for a YA novel & I was shocked at how dark it was after reading it.

There was little, if any redeeming qu
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I was born Clare Buckalew in Fort Worth, Texas, and grew up in Denton, Texas, a city north of Dallas. I earned my B.A. in Russian with a minor in Latin from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating from Indiana University with a master's degree in library science, I came back to San Antonio to work when my husband, Joe, joined the engineering staff at Kelly Air Force Base. I earn ...more
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