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Heaven's Bones

(Ravenloft #21)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Love and death walk hand in hand...

Dr. Sebastian Robarts is a man paralyzed by the fate of his adored wife, dead in childbirth, their only child with her. He searches for a way to build angels from women, a pastime known to Scotland Yard as murder. Robarts meets the Vistani seer named Trueblood, who becomes his assistant and leads him to the Antebellum-era doma
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Wizards of the Coast
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Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, games
Really neat imagery with the disfigured angels, but I found the story pretty boring.
Jan 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
if not for the Wizards of the Coast logo, I never would have realized this was a tie-in. Heaven's Bones is a Ravenloft title, putting this into the dark/horror side of the gaming world. I've Henderson puts the evil mists of Ravenloft to good use, setting much of the book in 19th century England, where impenetrable, putrid smog is just part of the London scenery. (Although 19th century Whitechapel is a bit of a giveaway about what's coming. There are no direct Jack the Ripper references, though.) ...more
Jason Sperry
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliantly intertwined

Very dark, will unsettle you, but has great lessons and pathos to reveal. There are multiple engaging and variously sympathetic characters that make it impossible to get bored with anyone's perspective, but introduced with a fluidity that never makes the switch jar your immersion. I've read every Ravenloft novel save Mithras Court, and thus far this one impressed me the most.
Michele Lee
Jun 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, fantasy, reviewed
This book, decorated with a simple dark cover featuring what can only be described as a clockwork angel (piqued your interest yet?), gets two reviews because it's nearly two books in one.

As a fiction book Heaven's Bones is a historical steampunk fantasy with prose that betrays its author's poetic prowess. It paints a beautiful picture, with a precision that brings both the fantasy aspects and the historical aspects to life. In some books the world building is explicitly detailed, in
Aug 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t get right into the story at first. It has a long beginning which keeps jumping back and forth. I think typical to explain events occurring for the story, plus the characters lived at different times. That makes a story harder to follow, but this was well written and I again regained my position time and again getting clear thoughts from this book’s writer.
This became an imaginative use of the mists which was particularly well done. There were a couple of good phrases used in this story
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Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Interesting and creepy take on Jack the Ripper. The ending felt a bit rushed, but overall the book was a good spooky fantasy read.
Oct 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Very good book. Interesting storyline. Well written.
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Samantha Henderson lives in Southern California with various fauna. Her fiction and poetry have been published in Strange Horizons, Realms of Fantasy, ChiZine, Fantasy Magazine, Lone Star Stories, and Weird Tales.

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