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See These Bones (The Murder of Crows, #1)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  174 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Some superheroes want to save the world. Damian is just hoping to save himself.

In the post-Break world of superpowers, necromancy is the one gift nobody wants. Everyone knows what happens to Crows; they go mad and they go bad. That's the story of infamous mass murderers like Crimson Death, Gravedigger, and Sally Cemetery. It's also the story of David Jameson, an otherwise
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Published November 5th 2019 by Ghost Falls Press
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Anna Szabó
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
The plot is intriguing, kept my attention the whole time. I don’t read YA books which are set in high schools because they don’t interest me anymore - way too much teenage drama for my liking - but in this school the kids a superheroes in training.
Damian was a little too much sometimes. Too much talk about sex or mostly the absence of it. And too much swearing for just the sake of it. But I liked him more than didn’t. As the story goes on, he starts to realize he has friends, he can have friend
Cass Morrison
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Superhero origin stories can have iffy execution but Chris Tullbane created an interesting character in an interesting world that off riffs off X-Men. There has been an apocalypse along with the introduction of superpowers! Our main character is an 18 year old whose father killed his mother. Father has superpowers and the son has the same one. First part of the book covers him getting from the orphanage to the school, second part is him learning to control his still unidentified superpower. Then ...more
David Uko
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it
This book strongly reminds of super powereds with the post apocalyptic touch of Brandon Sanderson’s steelheart. I’d give it a 3.5. It could have been much better but for more than 50% of the book the MC is powerless and treated badly. Granted, the MC isn’t a simp and he has an abundance of attitude, but at the end of the day I don’t enjoy reading about weaklings. Now to the good parts; this book was much darker than I initially expected with thoughtful world building and an interesting power cla ...more
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You're going to need a box of kleenex and a seat belt! Great book! Imagine waking up one day and the life in comic books is real plus we still have science. Need less to say, the world goes into the crapper with regular people caught in the middle. Eventually, two sides emerge the Black hats and the Capes - secretly I think they should be the White hats but its not my book. There are tv shows, merchandise, endorsements, etc. Every kid wants a power, they want to go to The Academy. Meet our hero ...more
Ivy Bookdragon
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Such a great twist on the Superhero story!
I enjoyed this book very much and was taken by surprise with how wonderful and likeable the main character Damian is. As a Crow, he's a necromancer and the other students of his new school don't like him because of this as it's believed that Crows turn mad as they get older...

Damian's story starts out very fast paced and there are great side-characters as well. I also loved the way this school works and the unusual dean.
The worldbuilding is wonderful and
Liam || Books 'n Beards
I received a copy of this book for free from BookSirens in exchange for an honest review.

And honest it shall be. For the first 50% of See These Bones I absolutely hated it. By 100%, I am confused and slightly optimistic.

After the "Break", an apocalyptic event that resulted in people developing superpowers, Damian is a Necromancer (a 'Crow'), a type of 'power' best known for driving anybody who has it insane and turning them into (usually mass-) murderers. And now he has to go to school! Wa-hey c
An example of a book that fascinated and compelled me, despite my fairly intense dislike for the main character (I felt for him, but I didn't like him: so angry/mistrustful/teenage!). Usually I have to feel connected to characters to be so drawn in by a book, or perhaps I connected with him more than I'd like to admit. (Also I'm not generally excited by superhero stories.) Anyway, I was deeply interested in the world created and how the story was told, and intrigued with what I thought might be ...more
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
My Hero Academia set in a post-apocalyptic Mad Maxian world with a snarky but relatable protagonist? Yes, please! I’d picked this book up on a whim and am glad I did; it was such a fun ride. I particularly liked our main Damian, a genuinely good character with a propensity for near-4th wall breaks, and I felt invested in his growth throughout the book. The book ends with plenty of not-quite-cliffhanger story threads left dangling, whetting one’s appetite for the next. Now excuse me while I go bi ...more
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Excellent Future Superhero Read That Is Fun And Gritty

This book is a great to read with its wiseass protagonist and fanciful future world filled with perpetually warring super hero's and villains. Can't emphasize enough how enjoyable it was to discover this first novel by an author who is sure to become a major force in the field.
Richard Grizzard
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Worth moving to the top of your list

This school for superheroes novel has absolutely everything that a reader could ask for in the beginning of a new series. Great action. Complex world building. Solid character development. Very impressive.
Fern Edwards
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book will be the death of me

An incredible debut to a captivating story. While the story maybe have started slower then my liking it quickly gained momentum. The action scenes, the humanization, and the character development were phenomenal. Can’t wait for more.
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an awesome alternative to your regular superhero cape wearing origins story.
It’s gripping and funny and really gets your rooting for the underdog!
For a co-Ed college there really is very little romance but plenty of testosterone but in a way you can feel comes from being a young adult / teenage boy.
You think you know how the story is going to go but it weaves in and out of the obvious with breadcrumbs to book two, which I can’t wait for. I am a fan!
Matthew Marlowe
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Potentially great book sabotaged by mediocre writing

Well crafted story, imaginative, could be made into a movie, author is quite clever, but his writing limits his success
Travis Dennis
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Pure chaos.

Completely unpredictable. Never could guess what was going to happen next. I loved every min. You have a new fan. Please keep writing.
Toni Metcalf
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
hell yeah

This book was a really great take on the post apocalyptic superhero world. I loved the unique narration style and the plot, very entertaining book.
Ziggy Nixon
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: superhero genre fans (this is a good one!)
Recommended to Ziggy by: Kindle Unlimited offer
4+ stars. An extremely fun and entertaining read by a young (?) new author! Being a HUGE fan of the superhero genre, I would place this first entry up with my enjoyment of Marissa Meyer's true-YA "Renegade" series, Russ Linton's awesome "Crimson Son" books and even the edgey "Villains" duology by V.E.Schwab (ye gods I hope there are more to come)!

Things I like about this book: first and foremost, it's well-written AND well-edited. More authors should understand how the latter drives some of us n
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley

Ok this one... I had a great time. Really came together in an entertaining story told with a strong character voice. The mix of post apocalyptic society meets superheroes was a neat little combo. A little darker and more nihilistic while still being hopeful and having that inherent superhero cheese. GrimBright? Let’s call it that. Our hero is destined to go Baddie, or so the world would have him believe, but can he do some good before then? (Yes obviously).

But wow that start was rocky. The motor
David Harriss
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it

There is a lot here, but the important realization is that the real antagonists are his own pride and his own powers. Both cause 75% of the problems in the book. Which feels real for an 18 year old, if really strange for a broke orphan.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, superheroes
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher.

I really enjoyed this story! This story is character-driven, specifically focusing on the main character, Damian. With an unhero-like name and unhero-like powers, he finds himself sent to what is essentially a hero school. The world-building for this book isn't too complex. The world splintered with the emergence of those with abilities, and the region Damian lives is essentially guarded by those with abilities.

Damian is a really interesting char
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020, new-adult
There is not a thing I didn't like about 'See These Bones' by Chris Tullbane

See These Bones by Chris Tullbane ★★★★★

"Because we're training to be Capes, you asshole! Capes save people. They don't make things worse for them. Even when those people are dicks who really, really deserve it."

I received this e-book from Netgalley. This does not affect my review or opinion. All thoughts are my own and I'm being 100 per cent honest. Thank you to Netgalley for providing me this e-book for reviewing purpos
Coralee Hicks
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
The title "See these bones" along with a powerful cover drew me to Tullbane's Book 1 of his "The Murder of Crows" series. In truth, I am not fond of most post apocalyptic novels. Many times authors fall back on tired tropes. Their plots are as uniform as a McDonald's menu.

While Tullbane does use some tropes ( Damien, our protagonist is an orphan for example.) His willingness to world build a USA dominated by super heroes makes for a fun read. This world has 'capes' --the good guys, and 'black ha
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to NetGalley, I was able to read “See These Bones”.

The writing style isn’t one I’m accustomed to, so it took me a while to really get into the story. Occasionally, Damian -the main character- directs his dialogue towards the reader, which comes off as invasive as times.

Damian is an 18-year old with a lot of built up anger, and he doesn’t shy away from a plethora of curse words and sexual innuendos, much like any other teenager these days.
Don’t let that fool you, however. Damian is nothi
Charity Solomon
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Page Turner

Love love love was such a page turner from the get go. -Damian is such a loveable character. I love how it actually grasps that he's just an 18 year old boy. He lusts after girls and his class mates make dick jokes. This book tells of a boy who is destined to be a bad guy. Lose his mind and take people down when he does snap all because he is a Crow, but he is pretty determined to not turn out like his father. Who took his mother from him and left him to learn to fight and only depen
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating new series set in a compelling post-apocalyptic world where superheros and supervillains dominate the landscape. The (anti)hero, Damian, is unique, complex, and refreshingly real - a foul-mouthed, emotional, hormonal, overdramatic teen with a wry sense of humor, a rock-solid protective streak and immense strength of character that becomes deeper and richer the more the book races towards the climax. And race it does - once you get past a certain point you literally can't put it dow ...more
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Post-apocalyptic Superhero Academy featuring a necromancer fighting against the expectation that he's gonna kill everyone? Sounds fantastic, and while this wasn't quite what I expected going in, it was extremely engaging, very gore-y, and yet kept all the coming-of-age elements of other magical academy books.

Read this review and more on the blog!

Content warnings include: violence, gore, graphic injury, character death, casually cissexist misogynistic fatphobic racist language, death of parent
Emily Fox
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was granted access to this title by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

There were a lot of things I enjoyed about this book! Origin stories can sometimes feel a little cliche, and while there were definitely identifiable tropes that the book fell in to, it still felt fresh and exciting. A great read for fans of X-Men and similar stories. It was the rare book where I didn't grow to like the main character, but I didn't find this off-putting as I normally would.
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
I have been reading this book for about a week and it has been a struggle. The idea behind it is amazing! Super hero worlds are something I am always drawn to in books but it was difficult for me to focus on the story because of the narrator. He is a young man and you can definitely tell he is immature and awkward. The way he talks and the words he uses made it hard for me to focus on the story
Ann Marie
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I didn't want to put it down. It is the first novel of a trilogy and really looking forward to the next book. ...more
Mar 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Edgelord superhero fiction

The main character is a bit of a tool with a tragic past, sending him down the dark hero path. The book is well paced with complex characters and meaningful dialogue. Though most of the secondary characters are cardboard cutouts, the main character goes through meaningful growth with a glorious payoff. The hero of the story is a bit angsty and brash, but we get a sincere look at what would realistically happen if the world suddenly went full DC Comics. Sometimes the fo
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Sharp, jaunty sentences, witty dialog, and polished prose make this offering from author Chris Tullbane into a fascinating read. The book strikes a balance between world building, character development, and action that places it alongside top-tier authors like Sanderson, Lawrence, and Lynch. The MC is a lonely necromancer who manages to be both an unrepentantly irreverent punk and a lovable underdog. A fresh and creative gem!
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Chris began as a gleam in someone’s eye, but birth and childhood were quick to follow. He’s been fortunate enough to live in Spain, Germany, and all over the United States of America, and is busy planning a tour of the distilleries of Scotland.

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