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When Raven steals an illegal magic the evil wizard is searching for, a hunt for this young dreamer of bones begins.

"This is a great start to a fantasy series: witches and wizards, pirates and dragons. It reminds me of the fantasy films of my childhood, such as The Neverending Story and the Princess Bride." Cranky Reviews

"Evokes the imagery of Mists of Avalon and the crushing defeatism of magical slavery with the hope of revenge." Brad Horner Top Goodreads Reviewer

"Captivating!" Ash Book Reviews

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Published July 1, 2017

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Logan Keys

51 books275 followers
Logan Keys says she’s not so much a writer as she is a soothsayer and preparer for those who are still blissfully unaware. Her stories aren’t dystopian but rather a warning for the next generation. When she’s not writing zombies, vampires, superheroes, and robots, she’s fighting against government over-reach and oligarchy using military tactics mixed with a little bit of poetry.

Logan’s currently on her little farm in Kentucky typing away on many projects at once.

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Author 5 books4,099 followers
May 24, 2017
When I read this in beta, I was rocking to the magic and strife of these characters, the conflict between old and new magics, revenge and, of course, dragons.

The author says she's just beginning in the Fantasy field, but no worries, ya'll. She's building a very interesting world and putting her characters through all the best wringers. Just wait for the big reveals, too. There's a lot of fun in here.

Now if you're looking for an actual comparison with other novels, try the fact that it evokes the imagery of Mists of Avalon and the crushing defeatism of magical slavery with the hope of revenge. Add a few hijinks on the high seas and more cruel magics, and you'll be bringing these characters together in style.

Warning, however... This is still the start of a full series. This is not a standalone.

Suffice to say, I'm still gonna be following this with great interest. :)
Profile Image for Brittney Andrews (beabookworm).
135 reviews233 followers
November 27, 2017
UPDATE: The cover has received a facelift and it's bootyfulllllllll! ;)

AVAST YE, readers! I'm just goin' t' warn ye now that this review will include a whole lot o' pirate slang.

"It started with blood. Doesn’t every good story?"

Holy ship!--that was a good read! Caller of Bones is sure to satisfy every lover of the fantasy genre. When a young lass by the name of Raven possesses a deadly, ancient magical ability that she is unable to control, it attracts the unwanted attention of some bilge rats who are hungry for power. This tale contains slow-paced world-building, suspenseful romance, impressive character development, and an endin' that shall leave ye feelin' as if ye've walked th' plank.

Pirates + Wizards + Witches + Dragons + a bit of rum + a hint of romance = one hell of an adventure! I cannot wait to get my hands on book 2. Until then, I will be patiently waiting, Ms. Keys.


*Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC.
Profile Image for Ari Reavis.
Author 17 books145 followers
May 27, 2017
I loved, LOVED this book. The action, the adventure, the romance. It was all so great. It's told from the pov's of John and Raven. John was such a great hero. He's got a haunted past that he can't quite remember and a fierce witch, Mira, on his hands. Mira's got a sad past of her own, but she refuses to take the hand life has dealt her.
Raven was so brave and I love her storyline. You could always tell she was more than she appeared, but finding out how powerful she really is, is amazing. She's being held captive with Sim and he was just perfect. The way he tried to protect Raven and was always there with a crooked smile to lighten the burden of their situation.
I loved how everyone seemed like strangers, but their lives were interwoven in so many ways. You get double the romance and both are swoon worthy. Both John and Raven had me smiling from ear to ear from the things they were saying.
The magical aspect was so amazing from magic battles, to a dragon, to realizing just how powerful certain people were and how powerful they could become.
As per the Logan Keys norm, the end was gut-wrenching. I saw the pages dwindling down and was like 'No, no, no, NOOOO'. The ending had me covering my mouth at both what happened and the truths that were revealed. It makes you look back on the story and wonder if certain people were really bad guys after all, if others were to blame, if people made the right choices.
I cannot wait for the next book.
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Author 51 books275 followers
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July 10, 2017

Prologue under spoiler tab...enjoy!

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1,353 reviews160 followers
June 22, 2017
Raven doesn’t know she’s the most important player in a magical war.

Raven is a servant girl to the cruel witch Esme. She doesn't remember much about her life before. A young wizard cursed with old age also lives there. Raven and the wizard Sim become close friends and help and support each other through the witch's cruelty. One day Raven accidentally steals an old magic that the witch has been looking for. This sets off a chain of events that finally leads them away from the witch who has kept them captive for so long, but that doesn't mean they are going to be safe.

Across the sea John is a ship captain who has been running from his past. One day John finds the witch Mira stowed away on his ship and little does he know how drastically his life is about to change. Eventually the lives of these characters intersect and quite a few secrets are revealed.

Bonecaller is a young adult fantasy that could pass for adult as well. The writing style is easy to read, but the characters feel more grown up than most characters in young adult books. With the exception of maybe Raven who has to be at least 17 or 18 they all seem to be adults anyway so I'm not sure why this ended up being a young adult book.

I was drawn into this story from the very first page. The witches reminded me a little of the Fae at times with their elemental characteristics stemming from the seasons. I also really liked the romantic elements of the story. The relationship between Raven and Sim was a sweet one and I couldn't help but think of Howl's Moving Castle with the whole aging curse. However the relationship between John and Mira was more tumultuous, and though I liked them together some of the things John said and did irked me a little. Despite that I still couldn't help but like him.

At only 200 pages this is a very quick read and it was just what I needed after reading a very long fantasy. This ends with some of the characters still in bad situations and I have no idea when the next book will be released but I definitely want to continue on with the series.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me a copy of this book for review.

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Profile Image for Christine.
605 reviews2 followers
May 26, 2017
Captivating and frustrating!

Ugh this book frustrated me. (I don't mean that in a bad way). It drove me nuts....it slowly gave me snippets of information allowing me to piece together all the parts of the story. I still don't think I know all there is to know lol dammit Logan you torture me yet I can't stop reading.
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397 reviews34 followers
August 2, 2017

I desperately wanted to love this book but unfortunately it just wasn't for me.

I don't think it is blurbed very well or perhaps I didn't understand the book very well?

When Raven steals an illegal magic the evil wizard is searching for, a hunt for this young dreamer of bones begins.

While the book is about Raven and John and written from their POVs, the way I understood it, the 'manhunt' as it was in the book was actually for the first witch and first wizard.

A red-haired witch and a grey-eyed wizard. The reward is astoundingly high.
You’d think red-haired witches would be common, and word is they used to be, but now, they’re as rare as a unicorn.
But the reward. It’s enough to buy a small island.

The highlighted reviews also mentioned dragons and there was even one on the cover (which is stunning! But unfortunately misleading). I was rather excited for the dragons because I LOVE dragons and yet... . Just don't go into this one expecting dragons. I was disappointed.

I was left feeling at a loss for the majority of this book. I didn't understand the world building and was left with more questions than answers. I didn't understand the elements and the rules of the world - why it was as it was, the limitations of the magic system. Even after the big reveals towards the end of the book nothing made a lot of sense to me and I still didn't understand a lot of what was happening.

“Shh!” I all but put a hand to Sim’s mouth. “You mustn’t talk like that! You know nothing will be so bad as if she heard you use that word.”
“What will she do with a star, anyway?” Sim says, angry, doubting Esme’s ability, as he often does, and to his detriment as well.
“I figured you’d know that, Sim.”
He sighs. “No. I honestly have no clue. Catching a star is illegal in the Order and comes with great consequence.”
A twig snaps in the wood, and like a spell broken, Sim and I quickly search the barn, as if the witch lurks there. After we hold our breath, half expecting her to burst in and break us in two, I give a nervous laugh.
Sim turns to me with a mischievous grin.
“I was there, you know,” I say. “When she brought you. She said I was in the village, but I wasn’t. I watched through the window, and I thought to myself, who else has fallen into her snare? I wished on a star, that very night, for you, Simeon. I wished with all my heart that you’d be free. No reason my fate should have to be shared.” I stare down, embarrassed. “I have no people that love me. But you…”
“You do, Raven.”
I glance over, and Sim looks as if he’s overcome by some emotion, but the deep grooves hide whatever it is in the folds of his face.
We stay like that, eyes locked, and sit in silence long enough for the unspoken to drift far away into the wood.
It’s a hungry place, gobbling up all our endeavors, greedily, just like the witch that rules it. And for weeks after my dreams, I’ll see skeletons grinning in the knots of the trees, singing to me. But I’m never afraid.
“We’re supposed to be watching the stars,” I say, taking his drink and moving to climb into the loft.
Sim follows me up the ladder, and we find places under the opening in the roof, where we can lay back side-by-side on the hay. The heavens are brimming on the Edge this night.
Maybe Sim’s right. Things could change.

The writing seemed choppy and the dialogue was stilted and forced at times. The characters didn't seem to be developed to their full potential and I found myself often wondering why they'd done a certain thing. Nothing just flowed freely for me and even after reading the majority of the book I couldn't immerse myself in this world.

I really struggled to connect with anything in this book and because of this I couldn't become invested in the outcome. Even the cliffhanger at the end failed to hook me for the second book.

I'm terribly sad that this one didn't work for me, but since no two people ever read the same book if you think this style of writing and the world could work for you I wouldn't tell you not to try it.
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357 reviews17 followers
June 12, 2017
Bonecaller is an excellent beginning to this fantasy series,and kept me up late reading it.The author has a talent for creating intriguing and relatable characters that I feel invested in.I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to seeing what the future holds for the world Logan Keys created.I received a copy of this book from the author to voluntarily review.
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Author 2 books98 followers
August 26, 2017
This is a different offering from one of my fast becoming favourite author Logan Keys who wowed me with her The Last City series. I picked this one up because fantasy has always been my favoured genre and because it's Logan's. If you haven't heard of her, you'd best look her up right now.

The story began in a not so distant past where a dark witch & wizard set their sights on a young girl with ancient powers hidden away from the magical world. So arrogant and sure of their success, they didn't take into consideration the young girl's brother and his bravery and lover for his sister. Together, the young ones fought them with disastrous consequences.

Fast forward a few years, Raven is now a young woman with a hazy memory of that night believing that she was somehow responsible for the death of her loved-ones and that the dark witch took her under her wings making her forever in her debt for her very existence.

She has no idea of the powers that ran in veins which Esme managed to hide from herself as well as the rest of the world. Believing herself to be human, Raven served Esme like a slave along with her friend Sim as she followed every bidding demanded from her while silently hoping that one day she would be free.

Across the sea from her, another story unfolds involving a dashing pirate who came across a runaway witch. John kept a heart-breaking secret in his past under lock and key away from even his closest friends choosing to sail away into the welcoming waves of the sea. Until a witch stowed away in his ship and stole his heart.

Fate eventually intervened causing their paths to cross resulting to a magical adventure featuring a dragon, falling stars, colliding hearts and an epic battle between wizards and witches.

Honestly, I wasn't entirely sure if I would love this story as much as the other books from Ms Keys because there just wasn't enough blood and gore in this one which I've attached to her books. But this author created such a beautiful and colourful world rivalling the Pirates of the Caribbean that I couldn't help but be snared into the magical web leaping out from each pages I read.

Would I recommend this book? Hell, yes! You would not be disappointed.
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2,091 reviews150 followers
May 31, 2017

***** 5 Cranky Stars *****

This is a great start to a fantasy series: witches and wizards, pirates and dragons. It reminds me of the fantasy films of my childhood, such as The Neverending Story and the Princess Bride.

In a world on the brink of war, two groups are unwittingly caught in the midst of upheaval.

Raven steals an illegal magic little knowing that an evil wizard is searching for it. Together with her friend, Sim, Raven is being held hostage by a powerful witch with secrets of her own.

On the other side: John harbors a family secret that haunts him. He has no memory of what happened in his past, but he's been running from it since he was a child and trying to find answers. Wary of being dragged into a war with wizards, the pirate collides with a witch - a witch wanted by the Dark Wizard.

As the two groups' storylines converge, they realize they can help each other and not just in terms of saving their lives, but working out who they are.

All in all, this was a great romp of a read and I'm looking forward to the next one. If you like fantasy, I recommend you pick this one up now and it could be read by people of all ages.
Profile Image for Josie Shinkfield.
180 reviews7 followers
June 25, 2017

2.5 stars.

I loved the sound of this book, and thought it would really suck me in and take me on a journey, but sadly I was disappointed.

I found the story to be a little choppy and confusing at times, and the characters didn't always behave true to character.

Actually I seemed to be confused for a large part of the story. What didn't make sense to be was how the witch was holding Sim and Raven captive. I mean, I assume it must have been a spell, but it was never explained.

I was confused by Sim. He would randomly have angry outbursts or become cold/demanding (when normally he was very sweet/caring) and I found myself thinking he was going to turn out to be a bad guy. But no, he would just have these random outbursts, and then everything would go back to normal.

Because I spent a large part of the story feeling confused, I never really became invested in the outcome.

37 reviews
May 30, 2017
Bone caller-must read!!

I love this story of witches and wizards!! This is not the first book I've read by Ms. Keys. I am amazed at her creativity in making these fantasy worlds and yet each is soooo different you can't help but be drawn in! I love how the two story lines were pulled together seamlessly and came to a climactic end that has me depressed that I have to wait for the next book. Hurry up Logan!! I need the next one!!
837 reviews6 followers
May 30, 2017
I received this book from net galley for an honest review. Thank you!!

This novel was a very good read. The author tells the story from first person point of view of two characters. This novel involves self-discovery and secrets. Each character has their own secrets, some which are difficult for them to carry. Even though the characters begin is different places, they find themselves being intertwined by the destination and the stars.
Raven and Sim are being help by Esme, a powerful witch looking for a star. She treats them both terribly, especially Raven. Raven and Sim help each other out, but Sim is cursed, having the body of an old man but in reality is a young person with strong magical abilities. When Raven sees the star, she "steals" it from the witch and does not tell anyone and even names the star. The falling stars are said to be guardians but people abused the power of the falling stars and it is illegal to have one.
John cannot remember what happened to his sister when they were young, but has guilt. He travels the seas in his ship and ends up with a stowaway on board. Mira is a powerful witch that is being hunted by the Marshall. The Marshall wants her for his own reasons and Mira has many secrets. John tries to get rid of her, but is unsuccessful.
Raven, Sim, John, and Mira all eventually cross paths. They travel towards the first order, hoping tot get the answers that they seek. Sim is returning home and allows the other to come. However, there are those that are still chasing them, each having a different agenda. This will lead to some secrets being revealed and others having to make choices that will affect them greatly. This novel ends on a cliffhanger and I cannot wait to see where the author leads us to next!!
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436 reviews4 followers
June 26, 2017
Bonecaller is book 1 in a new series by Logan Keys, I was giving a copy of this book for an honest and fair review. 

The book follows Raven a girl enslaved to an evil witch Esme, Esme wants is a falling star and Raven is made to watch every night for one. The night when the star falls Raven claims the star as her own, this goes unnoticed causing a series of effects that cause Raven unknowing brought into the middle of a magical war. 

While one part of the story follows Raven the other follows John a Captain who is happy just sailing the seas escaping his past. But John simple life is ended when a a stowaway changes his plans and makes he face his past. 

It took me a little to get into the story as I was slight confused with who the character are and the connection to the prologue. As the story progress I got sucked into the story and my confusion pasted as it all started to fall into place. I was surpised by the way it ended and can't wait to see what happens next. 

The character that author has created are interested especially Raven and Sims, the realtionship between them is sweet. Sims ia cursed to look like a old man even though he is young. Raven see passed all that to the person Sims in and would love him in any form. 

This book is about war between magic and human and the people that can change it for good or bad. If you like books like The Bone Witch and Truthwitch than give this book a read. 
Profile Image for Jantine.
679 reviews44 followers
June 22, 2017
I received a free copy through Netgalley, in return for an honest review.

Right from the start, this book made me curious. Where did the first scene fit into the rest of the story, and what is it about catching stars? The characters were very interesting, and it was wonderful to get more involved into their stories. Small steps at a time I started to fit the pieces together. I'm looking forward to more of the Bonecaller-books, since I want to know!

Sometimes the writing seemed slightly hasty after a while. It would have been even better if the pacing had slowed down more, especially since it had given me more time enjoying this book.
3,195 reviews9 followers
January 30, 2018
I liked this fantasy story. Once I started it I had to keep reading to see what would happen next. Would Raven and Sim escape? Would Sim escape his curse? Would they get a happy ending? Would someone defeat the crazy power hungry Wizard? Some of my questions were answered and some I will have to keep reading to see what happens in book 2. So for a book 1 it was a great start to a new series that kept me guessing and reading. Yes it ended in a cliff hanger but it is book 1 of a series. Just a good fantasy series with magic involved.
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1,872 reviews28 followers
August 21, 2017
Weird and not in a good way

There was no plot structure. The writing was the exact same no matter if it was from a male pov or female. The concept may or may not have been good because the execution was so poor I can't tell. It was a bad movie rather than a book.
244 reviews
September 22, 2017
Good read, but a cliffhanger

I liked the story, characters as the world building. Just when things started getting good and tying in together,it ended! Not crazy about cliffhangers.

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1,155 reviews16 followers
September 12, 2017
Caller of Bones

A grand adventure arises in the magnificent book by Logan Keys. I moved it. A book to add to your must read list.
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3,623 reviews
October 19, 2018
now i am hooked. This was such a great, easy and creative book. i was hooked after the first page.

The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real.

i would highly recommend this author and this book.
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