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Across the Long Sea

(Bone Magic #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  14 reviews
The gripping follow-up to Stonehill Downs

As the most valuable asset in the kingdom of Wilhaiim, Malachi Doyle has many responsibilities—protector, assassin, detective, and King Renault's right-hand man. And until he met Avani in the cursed village of Stonehill Downs, he believed he was the last of his kind: a magus who can communicate with the dead.

But Wilhaiim is left vul
ebook, 384 pages
Published August 18th 2015 by Harper Voyager Impulse
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Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first time reading anything by this author. Wow, this book took me on a long, wonderful journey of adventure. As soon as I started reading this book I was intrigued and could not wait to keep reading more. This was even before the story really started with chapter one. Everything about the characters, the storyline, and the travel across lands was great. Mal was rough around the edges but this is only because of the image he had to uphold. He had a lot of wisdom that he did pass along ...more
Sarah Wright
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 stars — an exciting second installment in the Bone Magic series

*contains spoilers for Stonehill Downs and marked/hidden spoilers for this book*

I read Stonehill Downs, the first book in this series, in March and loved it, so I'm happy to report that Across the Long Sea was more of the same immersive fantasy goodness. In this installment, main characters Mal and Avani have separate storylines (view spoiler)
Anne Robinson
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
I think that I enjoyed this book even more than the first in the series. The structure of the plot was very straightforward, with the two main characters on different story arcs. Some of the lesser characters were interesting in this book, with, perhaps some future possibilities later in the series.

Sadly, I don’t think my library service has bought the ebooks of the rest of the series, so I will probably have to finish my journey at this point.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
such a captivating novel. I won it as a giveaway and didn't read the prequel but it was so easy to follow and can really take you out of reality. The character development as well as the writing style were great. Would definitely recommend! ...more
Molly Ross
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book even more than the first one!
William Bentrim
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The follow up of Stonehill Downs may be better than the original. Avani is growing into her power while Mal takes an unwanted trip across the long sea. Once again we see violence, talking to the dead and unrequited love.

Avani tries to avoid her destiny as a Vocent replacement while Mal struggles to stop a plague. When Mal discovers the extent of his power when traveling by ship he recognizes the potential for addiction to destruction.

Remy crafts memorable characters and has put together an exc
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes historical fantasy
Recommended to Mareena by: Dorothy From 'Pump up Your Book' and I-Books
Malachi Doyle is the King's Lord Vocent - a man of many talents and very few fears. His responsibilities to king and kingdom are many: as protector, royal investigator and assassin, the trusted right hand of King Renault, himself. Indeed as the most valued asset in Wilhaiim, Malachi has become much beloved by the king, and truly indispensable. And until he met Avani of the cursed village of Stonehill Downs, Mal had always believed himself to be the last of his kind - a magus with the extraordina ...more
Tony Parsons
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Red Worm (epidemic) has ravished Stonehill Downs in Wilhaiim (Kingdom).
The Sidhe (aka Folk, Barrowmen) wait in the shadows & plan on taken over the kingdom also.
Malachi “Mal” Doyle (nee Serrano, assassin, protector, detective, King Renault confidant) & Liam (Mal’s page) must try & solve the 2 problems.
Avani (f, sheep/lamb rancher) & Russel are also trying to help.

Will anything happen to the Lord of the Poppies?
Will the Red Worm epidemic be eradicated?

Warning: This book contains extremely gr
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the beginning of the book Wilhaiim, Malachi Doyle was my favorite character he was a protector, assassin, detective, and a King's right-hand man. He literally filled every role my favorite character's normally do in numerous other novels. However as the story continued onward I found myself liking Avani. I liked how Avani was a strong character even though she was untrained. I liked how she fought to keep herself and those to close to her alive no matter what. I truly enjoyed reading this boo ...more
Chris Eells
I was provided this ARC edition for an unbiased review.

Across the Long Sea, a quick, easy... and even fun read, with little depth. I've run across pieces like this before and I always have a hard time rating them. For the most part the story provides two separate, but essentially the same, us vs. them scenarios. Nothing wrong with that... it is a classic trope after all. The world building needs to be fleshed out a bit more... even if this is the second (or third, I couldn't tell) book in the se
I picked this up not knowing it was not the first of a series. A third of the way through the story, we abruptly changed protagonist, taking me entirely by surprise. Some world-building points were never explained, leaving me wondering, or confused. And worst of all, the pacing was of the "this happened, then this happened" variety - without strong structure or theme.

And yet, I read it happily and even somewhat obsessively. Loved the characters, the setting and the style (except for the structur
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This second book featuring Mal and Avani is set both in the capital and across the sea. There is another mystery for them to solve, one very key to the survival of the capital. I liked that we get to see Mal's origins and breadth of his power, and that Avani's powers are tested. But the focus on Mal in the beginning left me waiting impatiently for Avani, who was my favorite character in the last book. And though Liam comes close, she still is! ...more
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Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book.

Fantasy at its best. I thoroughly enjoyed book 2 in this series. Avani matures as Mal faces new struggles. Once again a well written book with an interesting plot and engaging characters. I can't wait to read book 3.
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