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Call of the Bone Ships

(The Tide Child #2)

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  355 ratings  ·  80 reviews
A brilliantly imagined saga of honour, glory and warfare, Call of the Bone Ships is the captivating epic fantasy sequel to RJ Barker's The Bone Ships.

Dragons have returned to the Hundred Isles. But their return heralds only war and destruction. When a horde of dying slaves are discovered in the bowels of a ship, Shipwife Meas and the crew of the Tide Child find themselves
Kindle Edition, UK Edition, 512 pages
Published November 24th 2020 by Orbit
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Nick Borrelli
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
R.J. Barker's The Bone Ships was one of my favorite fantasy reads of last year. It had the perfect blend of epic fantasy and maritime fiction. The fact that the majority of the book takes place on a ship made of dragon bones was really cool and unique, definitely a breath of fresh air from the usual medieval fantasy flooding the market. That book only served to whet my appetite for what would come next and I was extremely excited when I was able to get an early copy of the follow up CALL OF THE ...more
Yowza! Barker's "Call of the Bone Ships" soars past the five-star rating scale. Can't recommend this grim pirate-infested fantasy read enough. No sophomore slump here. The midpoint of this trilogy is a rollicking adventure that'll have you pinned to your seat at least till it all gets resolved in the final volume next year.

Part of what makes this trilogy so fulfilling is that Barker creates an entire fantasy universe which thoroughly makes sense with its own idioms and pacing and he sticks like
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This review and others can be read on my blog, Black Forest Basilisks. Many thanks to the publisher for providing this review copy!

And he felt the song within, the beat of his heart, the high-pitched passage of blood through veins, the cymbal-spatter of thoughts, the crack of muscles and the groan of tendons and it was beautiful. Behind it all was some meaning, and although he could not quite fathom it he felt sure of it it, felt certain that this meaning was only a moment away from him.

I'll con
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I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review is spoiler free for Call of the Bone Ships, but approach with caution if you have not read the first book, The Bone Ships

Having absolutely adored The Bone Ships when I read it last year, Call of the Bone Ships was one of my most anticipated books of 2020. I'm so pleased (and totally unsurprised) to say that it lived up to my expectations

Barker continues to create
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
About a year has passed since the ending of The Bone Ships and the return of the legendary arakeesian sea-dragons/keyshans to the seas of the Scattered Archipelago. In that time, Tide Child has been undertaking solitary missions in the outlying and far reaches of the Hundred Isles. On one such mission, during a ferocious storm Tide Child comes across a badly damaged ship in trouble, stranded and near to breaking against rocks that surround an island. Tide Child pulls the ship away from the rocks ...more
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: A stunning follow-up to The Bone Ships , R.J. Barker’s thrilling, intricately plotted seafaring fantasy is just as good, if not better, than the first book.

The gullaime made their way to the windspire, a curved, pale bone-like piece of rock that sang to Joron—the spires always sang, and it was a song Joron could

Adah Udechukwu
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Call of the Bone Ships is a great read and worthy sequel.
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: want-to-buy, want-arc
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Review: 5 Stars

The Bone Ships was one of my favorite reads of last year. I loved it so much that it wound up having quite the influence on my reading preferences. I started seeking out books set on ships and discovered just how much I enjoy sea adventure stories. When I realized that the release date for Call of the Bone Ships was creeping up I scrambled to get my hands on an ARC. The sequel was absolutely incredible.

In T
Lynn Williams
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Five Word TL:DR Review: I’m not crying, you’re crying.

Dear Hag what is going on? This book has left me an emotional wreck. I just don’t understand what is going on in the tiny spaces of my brain because I’m all over the place. I want to cry and this just doesn’t happen, I’m a tough cookie, I taught hard nails a thing or two, I didn’t cry for Lassie. I don’t cry. But I so want to do so right now and it’s brilliant and unexpected and inexplicable. Frankly, a
Nov 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Synopsis: This second volume of the Tild Child Trilogy is set a good while after the first book. Shipwife (Captain) Lucky Meas and her First Officer Joron run petty jobs for their home country on board of the bone ship Tild Child. They hit on a ship full of dying people, and a mystery starts which they want to end: who is in charge of this cruel deed, and what would they want to achieve? They are sure that it has to do with the sea dragons, and suspect someone from their Home town behind it. The ...more
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Wow. Just wow. This book started going on page one and was just relentless until the end. Emotional blow after emotional blow. How is anyone expected to be okay after that T_T

This book follows on a couple of years after book one, the crew of the Tide Child is now established and Joron has settled comfortably into his role as deckkeeper. This book takes a turn when the crew of the tide child come across a mysterious ship bearing a bunch of half dead prisoners and gullaime. The book follo
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, 4-star, fantasy, dragons

Thank you to Little, Brown Book Group UK, Orbit and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway. 

 Last year I read The Bone Ships and was not quite as taken with it as others around me. Regardless in the last 25%  I saw so much potential for a continued series that I was excited for its sequel. And Call of the Bone Ships lived up to this. 

What draws me to this installment and the series as a whole is the focus on the characters on th
Queen Terrible Timy
This review was originally posted on RockStarlit BookAsylum!

Disclaimer: I got an ARC on Netgalley from Orbit in exchange of an honest review.

“All was chaos in the dark. Joron saw vague shapes. Was it gion, was it a woman? Was it varisk, was it a man? Was it a sword, was it a branch? Was it? Was it? Was it?
Keep. Going.“

Call of the Bone Ships was one of my most anticipated books in 2020, and for a good reason. I really loved its predecessor, The Bone Ships and I was pretty sure I’m not going t
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Call of the Bone Ships was a thrilling read. The Bone Ships was one of my favorite reads last year and it would be an understatement to say I’ve been awaiting this sequel enthusiastically ever since. In preparation, I’d even decided to do an audiobook reread of the first book right before starting this one just so I could get fully immersed back in the world of the archipelago. My expectations were sky high and I was certainly not let down.

We rejoin captain (“Shipwife”) Meas Gilbryn, her second
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review*

R.J. Barker’s work has been a breath of cool, fresh air across the fantasy scene for years. Their latest in the Tide Child series, Call of the Bone Ships, has a lot to love about it. Some eldritch, weird magic that seems to stand just at the edge of human understanding. Majestic and lethal cryptids. THe sort of complex characterisation that will have you laugh out loud with a character one minute, and feel the steel barbs of their sorrowful tears in
KitKat The #BookNerd KBbookreviews

Synopsis: The Keyshans are back, no longer believed to be extinct, and people wish to hunt them again. But something more sinister is occurring in the Hundred Isles, people are going missing and Shipwife ‘Lucky’ Meas, Deckkeeper Joron, and the Tide Child crew are determined to find out why.

CW/TW: Violence/Gore/Death/Sacrifice/Slavery/Ableism/other’s associated with fantasy may be present.

Spoiler Warning: This review may contain spoilers for book in this series: The Bone Ships, by RJ Barker

This b
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this novel from Orbit Books through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review: my thanks to both of them for this opportunity.

From the very first book in RJ Barker’s The Wounded Kingdom series I knew I had encountered a talented new voice in the fantasy genre, so I should not have been surprised that his new saga The Tide Child would follow on the same footsteps, but once again I discovered how this author is able to surpass himself with each new work he publishes: Call of the Bone
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So it is, with any reviewer that we read books, and then we move on. In most cases, we love the books that we read. In some cases we don't, but above all we remember that the words that have been put in front of us are something that someone has put time and effort into. However, sometimes there is that special book. The one that touches you in some way. The one that captures your imagination or pulls at your emotions. When I started my journey with the Bone Ships by RJ Barker, I was caught up i ...more
Swords & Spectres
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I'll start my review by saying that this was, without a doubt, the best fantasy novel I have read this year. Barker looked back at the story from the first book and obviously thought 'that was great, but I can break the laws of impossibility and write a sequel that will make the first one look bland in comparison.' And a bloody good job he did of that.

In the first fifty percent I felt there was more action, more story, more fast-mov
Travis Riddle
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
The same wonder and excitement of the first book, brought to another level.

This is a seafaring adventure first and foremost, like the previous book, but this time around Barker incorporated some elements of mystery and even a dash of thriller to the proceedings that I felt brought a great dose of freshness to the book. Near the start, Joron and Meas and the others stumble across a ship filled with slaves and a type of gullaime called windshorn, who cannot harness the same magical wind powers as
Gemma ✨  a bookish blether
I want to say thank you to NetGalley and Orbit Books for sending me an arc of Call of the Bone Ships for an honest review.

The book immediately jumps straight into action as the crew of the Tide Child step in to rescue a ship stuck in shallow water. It is quickly discovered that even a simple rescue is not as straightforward as it looks. Following the events of the first book, Meas has been kept at arms length from Bernshulme by her mother and her spymaster. That doesn't stop her from getting inv
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: galley
Despite its massive storms, brutal battles, and monstrous fauna, R.J. Barker keeps the characters at the forefront of his world. The ever-evolving relationships between Joron, Lucky Meas, and the Tide Child crew are really wonderful. Specific attention was paid to flesh out the backstories of several background crew members, which allows them to carry the narrative when Joron or Lucky Meas are sidelined. That said, Gullaime the windtalker remains the standout character of the series and it was e ...more
Maura Paxton
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Call of the Bone Ships did not hit quite as well as The Bone Ships for me, but it could have been my outsized expectations because I loved the first in the series so much. This book is overall much darker in tone and breaks your heart over and over. However, the depth the changes give to the characters is worth it. It was a slow start for me, but once things picked up I was totally invested. The Gullaime continues to be my favorite character.
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
A book packed with action and a lot of cool world building. I'm really looking forward to the next one. Please tell me that RJ Barker will stop torturing joron. ...more
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic continuation of The Tide Child series - can't recommend it enough. ...more
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Well this turned into one of my favourite fantasy reads ever - great storytelling and I loved it

Full review -
Sean Sullivan
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up, like the first book, great fast, fun read.
James Latimer
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a spectacular sequel that takes the story of the first book and shakes it - and the crew of the Tide Child - up, tossing them on storm and setback, introducing new dangers and terrible mysteries, driving them relentlessly in their increasingly desperate battle against a cruel sea and crueller society. Can't wait for book three now!

Full review here:
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lucky Meas’s mother, the leader of the Hundred Isles, wants her “dead” daughter, and Meas is fueled by her anger at the severe mistreatment of her people and will do anything to bring her mother down.

Call of the Bone Ships is a stunning sequel to The Bone Ships. It picks up some time after the events in the first book, but it was easy to get back into the gentle rocking of Tide Child and the routines of his crew. I really loved the first book, so was eager to read the second. The middle book in
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before this deserves more than 5 stars. saved 2020.

if i thought The Bone Ships was amazing, this one blows it completely out of the water. barker pulled through, showing us he still has the same magic that brought us The Wounded Kingdom trilogy.

there's so many good things to talk about and not one bad thing.

let's start with the characters, the backbones of the sto
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