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Fire and Bone

(Otherborn #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,213 ratings  ·  250 reviews
“Gossip Girl meets Percy Jackson in the glitz and grit of L.A...."

In Hollywood’s underworld of demigods, druids, and ancient bonds, one girl has a dangerous future.

Sage is eighteen, down on her luck, and struggling to survive on the streets of Los Angeles. Everything changes the night she’s invited to a party — one that turns out to be a trap.

Thrust into a magical world hi
Paperback, 407 pages
Published February 20th 2018 by Skyscape
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Amy Leigh
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This urban paranormal fantasy exceeded my expectations. I'm so ready for the next book in this series! I love the different povs through out this book. The different creatures introduced are some we know well and others we may have only heard of and never understood but the author rounds them out into a cohesive world that's magical.

Sage and her friend Ziggy are down on their luck. The wind up at a Halloween party, which is totally out of Sage's comfort zone. She wakes up in an unfamiliar place
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: give-aways
I definitely enjoyed this new mythological fantasy story. It was very original in overall plot. Unlike other similar stories, it did not spend much time with the backstory of our main character. A little more of that might have been nice, but sometimes that comes across as just "filler". I appreciated jumping directly into the present! There is a hint of romance that appealed to my emotional side without detracting from the action.

I recommend this book for fans of magic, sorcery, and adventure.
Rachel Marks
Aug 23, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition





For the curious ones, here's some artwork and an image compilation that I did for a sneak peek! :)

Marta Cox
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
When a young homeless girl is invited to a party her whole world implodes. Sage has fandangled her way through the foster system, slept in odd places but had no idea that Celtic mythology was about to come to vivid life. Maybe it's because Sage has seen the seedy side of life, the underbelly of the big city but whatever the reason is she seems to readily accept the idea of demigods, vampires, pixies and druids. Her birthright and heritage pale in comparison to the political intrigue and magic th ...more
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rachel Marks hits it out of the park with this tale of adventure, love, and intrigue. I loved the characters and the plot. This is a story of demigods and demigoddesses, pixies, and druids. There is a secret to uncover that rises from the past to reveal and an evil deed that destroyed lives and continues to cast an evil shadow. Sage, our heroine, is brought from her mortal life on the streets to this Otherworld as the daughter of the goddess of fire. Her life is thrown into tumult as she discove ...more
Rachel Marks
May 09, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Thank you so much to all the readers of this little story!! Your excited—and at times, panicked—feedback has been super fun. Keep the notes and thoughts coming!




Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
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*ARC e-copy received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review*

OMG, This book was sooooo good. It was my first book by Rachel A. Marks and I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. This book was a perfect YA urban fantasy read that left me wanting for more. I enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed ACOTAR. It was a very entertaining UF read that has so many magical beings like  demigods, shades, wraiths, druids,
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good story I was not expecting it to be how it was. I kinda liked that I had no idea what the heck was happening and where the story went. A homeless girl who grew up on the streets makes friends and gets to go to a party where she can eat, rest and shower. Her life completely changes that night when she discovers she’s a demigod. Faellen becomes her protector and her love as her power grows everyone wants a piece of her. And she has to figure out why she’s having dreams that are her ...more
Carolina Figueiredo
Review in English:

I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I would like to thank NetGalley and Publisher Skyscape and Two Lions again for this incredible opportunity.

Publication date: February 20th, 2018

Sage is a girl who didn't have an easy life. Daughter of a mother with drug problems, she spent her entire life being thrown between foster homes.

Until one day she is taken by two friends to a party. Initially, this seems to be an opportunity to be able
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
I really enjoyed this one and I can't wait for the sequel, I hope it doesn't spiral out and wipe away Sage because that would be annoying.
Novel Grounds
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I came across this book by accident and I am SO EXCITED THAT I DID. I love a good YA fantasy read and this one grabbed from page one and I was a goner.

Tortured teen who doesn't know who she really is? YES PLEASE

Give me all the angst and all the potential chaos and I am for it. We have not only one BUT TWO brooding awesome guys in this book and I am honestly shipping both of them. I know, its terrible. I can't help it though. You will see.

This book grabbed me like ACOTAR did. I instantly loved th
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ok, anything which blends Gossip Girl and Percy Jackson in a tagline is sure to get my attention, and as soon as I started reading this I was delighted to realise it lived up to the legacy of both of those things!

Full of mythology, mystery, excitement and action, this is an incredible start to what I hope will become a much loved series.

The plot was interesting, and had lots of unique elements to set it apart from other fantasy ya books.

I can’t wait to recommend this to people!

Thank you to Netg
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sage is a young homeless girl who has never fit in anywhere. She goes to a party in the hopes of a meal and possibly a shower, but she is captured by Faelan instead. He is some kind of hunter and tells her that she is a demigoddess. Her powers of fire are unlocked while Faelan tries to explain their world and win her trust. He hopes she will choose to stay within his House of power once she manifests fully, but there are other Houses that are interested in her - some want her to join them, some ...more
Suze Lavender
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sage is homeless and doesn't have anywhere to go. When she's at a party one night she's being taken. Sage is part of a magical world and is the daughter of a Celtic goddess. She was hidden for a long time, but her powers are about to arise. Sage's skills evolve around fire, but she has no training and doesn't know how to keep them under control. Sage is almost ready to Emerge and then she has to pledge herself to one of the five deities. Because Sage is powerful they're all interested in her. Ho ...more
*Source* NetGalley
*Genre* YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
*Rating* 3.5


Fire and Bone is the first installment in author Rachel Marks Otherborn series. 18-year old Sage has spent an enormous amount of time on the streets of Los Angeles scrambling to keep herself fed and safe while running away from foster homes. Sage loves books with legends, & Gods, & cursed Kings, & castles. After being invited to a party where there is supposed to be plenty of food, Sage wakes to the reality that she has stepp
N.N. Light
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book! It was so exciting from the first page and instantly connected with the characters.
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A homeless girl after living in the foster care and after her drug addicted mother finds she is not who she thinks she is. She is a demigod. And when she looks at herself, wasting away, she kind of says “yeah right, prove it!”. She finds herself in a hot mess with fires starting and strange dreams of a man with a raven who is cold yet who loves the woman! Sage even finds herself surrounded by other impossible people, like shades, wraiths, druids and other demigods who have different powers and “ ...more
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
*I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review*

4.5 Stars!

Sage is homeless on the streets of LA and eating leftover scraps from behind a cafe, when two friends invite her to a Halloween party.. Turns out the party is for Otherworlder's, that Sage is a descendent of a Celtic Goddess, and her whole life has been a lie!

In a world where the descendants of the children of Danu vie to make their houses the strongest, Sage must choose between an attractive yet grumpy hu
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow! I really enjoyed my time while reading this story. Marks takes the readers on a crazy adventure filled with mythology and fantasy. Just when you think you have everything figured out, she rips the rug out from right under you.

I loved that the author mixed modern day with a lot of heavy mythology. You have all these houses vying for the young blood. With Sage on their side, she would type the scales of power and make one house more powerful than the others. There were shades (vampires), wra
Anne Monteith
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that you devour in one setting, I couldn't put it down even though I was bleary-eyed.

Sage is a young girl whose mother was an addict and instead of staying in the foster system she chooses to live on the streets with her person she considers her best friend.  They've been befriended by a woman who works at a restaurant and gives them food instead of throwing it away as told to by her boss.  One night she invites them to a party, Sage really doesn't want to go but she i
Becky Baldridge
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
While I have run across Celtic lore in Urban Fantasy, it's not all that common, so that combined with my love of the genre made me eager to read this one. Unfortunately, that eager attitude didn't last long. The story started out well enough and the premise is great, but the execution of that premise was not so great. World building is an important aspect of UF and there is quite a lot of that here, but at times it tends to get bogged down in the details. The author was so overly descriptive tha ...more
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for my honest review.

I'm torn. I just read a book where I adored the characters, the plot and everything about it. There is a slight love traingle within the book as well, and between the two men, I want both. (This is not one of those types of books though, so I have to choose.)

Sara, the heroine, is the clueless human who becomes more. She's fun and sassy, but the author remains true to her roots, not letting her get jaded quickly. Also, her roo
Katherine Paschal
**4.5 Stars**
Review on

Sage is most interested in getting a shower and finding a safe space to spend the night for her and her friend Ziggy, so in an uncharacteristic act, she agrees to go to a Halloween party if it means being safe for a night. But after falling asleep in a strange bed, Sage wakes up and realizes that something is not right. A drink made by a friend ends up taking away all her worries- that is until she ends up draining the life from the guy
Feb 06, 2018 marked it as to-read
Review copies available for request here: [closed - other review opportunities found here] ...more
Bran Pendergrass
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-netgalley

*** I was gifted this ARC in exchange for an honest review and all the opinions expressed within are of my volition. The thoughts have no sway or influence by/from Netgalley and/or the publishers or those affiliated within***

I am a total geek for anything Celtic, so this book was totally up my alley! I savored it from the beginning until the very exciting end! Anytime I come across an author who can successfully disguise a retelling of a god/goddess anecdote in modern times, I go completel
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)

I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I can't tell if I'm actually disappointed with Fire and Bone or if I feel disappointed with the book.

I started Rachel A. Marks's new book right after I finished  The Heart Forger , and I was very much ruined for other books at the moment in time because Rin Chupeco's book was that good.

Fire and Bone is the first novel in Marks's Oth
Candyce Kirk
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this amazing book in exchange for an honest review. When I read the description I was very curious. It's described as Gossip Girl meets Percy Jackson. I loved both, so I knew I needed this book.
Sage is a teenage girl that hasn't had an easy life. Her mother is an addict, so she was put in one foster family after the other. So she spends most of her nights on the streets. Her life changes one night during a party and she is not prepared. Turns out
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fire and Bone is a blend of dark fantasy and humor, integrating ancient Celtic mythology with modern day Los Angeles. I'm all about it! Aged out of foster care and living on the streets, Sage is ripped from everything she knows and discovers that she is a Celtic demi-god with burgeoning powers. Thrust into an unfamiliar world full of magic, political intrigue, and violence, she must decide who to trust and navigate her complicated feelings for two male demi-gods. Despite what it sounds like, thi ...more
This was a pretty good book but not I'm sad because I don't have the next book!

Sage has had her world turned upside down. She found out who to trust and who not to. She's alsp dealing with some weird ass dreams/visions. Of course towards the middle/end of the book.. she found out why this was happening to her. It was another interesting twist in her life and it made this book really interesting.

Other than Sage, there is Faelan and Kieran. At first you don't know much about them other than the fa
Kat Heckenbach
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read all of Rachel Marks' books so far, and this is definitely my favorite! Maybe it's because it's been a while since I've read a Fae-centered book. (OK, technically Celtic gods, but the feel is the same.) Or, maybe it's just Marks' wonderful writing. Probably both :). But mostly the writing.

I just loved this incredible story world, and the characters. Sage, the main character, is so easy to connect with. All of the characters are distinctive and pop off the page. The plot is twisty. But m
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Rachel A. Marks is an award-winning author and professional artist, a SoCal girl, cancer survivor, a surfer and dirt-bike rider, chocolate lover and keeper of faerie secrets. She was voted: Most Likely to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, but hopes she'll never have to test the theory. Her debut series The Dark Cycle, described as Dickens' Oliver Twist meets TV's Supernatural, begins with the Ama ...more

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“I’m not really sure why Ziggy puts up with me.

I’m broken. Mostly because of the broken woman who spawned me. I swear, adults should have to get a license to make a kid. Prove they’ve got their shit together before they bring a child into the world. My mom tried, I think. She thought she could piece herself into something resembling a mother by dropping the drugs and dropping the need to feed her overblown selfish streak. But she failed.”
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