The Bone Magician (Tales From The Sinister City #2)
Author of the critically acclaimed Black Book of Secrets, F.E. Higgins returns to the same magical world for this companion novel. Young Pin Carpue is a corpse watcher. His job is to observe the dead to make sure they've truly passed. One day, he witnesses a bone magician reanimate a corpse. Fascinated, he befriends the magician's assistant, and the two strike a secret bar...more
The setting is Urbs Umida, a squalid place full of Dickensian horrors—or at least for those unlucky enough to live on the wrong side of the aptly named River Foedus as, of course, the major cha ...more
I must admit, I didn't realise this was ...more
Povestea se întâmplă într-un orășel foarte trist, pot spune, foarte mizerabil, plin de tâlhari și oameni de nimic. Personajul principal este Pin iar conflictul este cauzat de un anumit criminal care la rândul său, este suspectat a fi tatăl dispărut a lui Pin. Am citit prima carte din serie în urmă cu mult timp, poveștile ...more
There is more than one mystery taking place in this story. Some are more easy to untangle than others. Pin Carpue is searching for his father who has been accused ...more
Well, maybe - IF I'd read anything in the book's description (I don't usually read reviews until afterward, too many people don't grasp the concept of what a spoiler is) that tells me something else is going on at the same ...more
Cela dit l'auteur utilise trois mode d'écritures - La narration indirecte dans la majeure partie du livre, La narration directe de Pin le personnage principal dans ses les lettres-journal et une narration faite par le journaliste Déodonatus Snoad dans ses articles - qui racontent peu à peu l'histoire don ...more
The characters are the best aspect of these books because all of them possess something curious that attaches you to their stories. Their unconventional professions, their peculiar and/or mysterious back stories, and their unique goals and ambitions create a very multilayered narration.
Also enjoyed the little tidbits tying this book to the previous ...more
Yes, they are creepy, and full of noxious tales, but they also tell heartwarming stories of friendship and survival.
Pin, whose mother is dead, will not believe his father is a murderer. His father disappeared after the questionable death of Pin's uncle.
Juno is an orphan, her father killed and she left homeless and to her own devices.
Together they navigate the seedy town in which they live, doing whatever is necessary to survive. Sitting through the night with cor ...more
I cant believe i almost put it down and stopped reading after the first two chapters. It was very hard to get into, but once it picked up speed, it never let go.
For the first time since Harry Potter 7, I stayed up reading into the early hours of the morning to finish.
THE BONE MAGICIAN is brilliantly well written, with remarkable characters and a smart plot.
Originally, It seems like every plot line is random and loose, but then it all ties up cleverly.
Everything in this ...more
The series looks at the seamier side of life in Urbs Umida, which is a thinly veiled, Victorian-era London.
This book explores the squalor of Dickensian life on the wrong side of the river and touches on side-show horrors, phrenology and body-watching (a duty taken on by some undertakers to be certain that the dead were actually dead before burial).
While the book ...more
It's not a bad read but to me it lacked a certain something. I ...more