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24 Bones

3.21  ·  Rating details ·  289 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
Every five hundred years the phoenix dies.

Samiya, born-into-shadow, is soon to battle her born-into-light brother. Abandoned by their parents, neither wishes to play the preordained role of beast and hero. When their loved ones are taken hostage, they are forced to follow the path laid out in myth, culminating in a battle first fought six thousand years ago in ancient Cair
ebook, 2, 325 pages
Published February 15th 2013 by Non Sequitur Press (first published June 25th 2009)
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Jun 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Michael Stewart successfully combines many elements in 24 Bones. The general plot is the ongoing battle between two rival cults steeped in Egyptian Mythology. Every five hundred years, the balance between the fullness (good) and the void (evil) teeters and must be restored. This particular battle plays out in modern day Cairo and is fought on either side by willing and unwilling participants:

Taggart was born in Cairo and initiated into the side of good at age eight. He rejects his 'destiny' and
Dianne Ascroft
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Can a dark tale be magical? 24 Bones is very dark in places but Stewart has created such a vivid, intriguing world that I found even the dark side magical. From an evil underworld in the City of the Dead to the desert monastic retreat of the Companions to modern Coptic Cairo to the Pyramids, Stewart brings both the real and the imaginary places to life. I’ve never been to Egypt but I would love to see the places that are now in my mind.

The story is grounded in Egyptian myth and the idea that th
Maghon Thomas
This book is crazy good! It’s got a lot going on, so hold on for just a little bit and it will be explained better and you’ll catch on, or maybe that was just me and it took me a little bit to figure a few things out, but I was still hooked! There’s a serious battle going on between the rivals and it becomes a fight of good vs evil and the balance between the two in the world. It’s gunna get really deep and really complicated!

Taggart is your first main character who was originally on Team Good,
Sep 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Thriller/Dark fantasy readers
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Miranda Wood
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am a avid reader of comparative religion. I also love a plain old fashioned Good against Evil. So for me I found this to be a very exciting book. The mix of ancient beliefs and a modern world is fascinating and kept me interested the whole time.
This is a 5 star read for me.
Laura Greenwood
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review posted on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...

Contrary to what you might think, the religion of Ancient Egypt is alive and well, in the form of the myth of Seth, Horus, Isis and Osiris. For details of the Legend itself please see the bottom of the review. After this legend three secrets sects were created, the Shemsu Seth, wielders of the Void, the Shemsu Hor, wielders of the Fullness, and the Sisters of Isis, wielders of neither or the balance. Once every 500 years the Fullness wane
Aug 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drollerie, ebooks, fantasy
My last read of 2009 is my fellow Drollerie author Michael Stewart's 24 Bones, a book that's surprisingly hard to pin down into any specific genre. It's set in the modern day world, and yet it doesn't play out like what most readers would think of as "urban fantasy"; the feel of it is much more akin to a suspense novel, albeit with fantastic elements, i.e., Egyptian gods coming to life. You might be tempted to think Dan Brown when you think of how this book's about the clash between two ancient ...more
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mixing religious aspects with the legends of old, 24 Bones is a book that really impressed me. I'll admit that I did have to re-read the prologue once to really understand what was being set up for me. Still, from that point on I was completely immersed in this story. A warning, don't read this before bed. You won't sleep, you'll just keep reading.

Although I'm not one hundred percent certain about the accuracy of the history described here, I can say that 24 Bones makes it feel real. At the end
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I found it difficult to get into this book. At first it seemed esoteric, but once present day Egypt and David appeared on the scene, I was hooked.
The Egyptian mythology was a good idea, setting this book apart. It acted as a bridge linking the present day goings on and Coptic Cairo in particular, and at the same time anchored it to the past. This resulted in a great read, just as the book's of Mary Renault used the ancient Greek mythology to such good effect.
Some reviews complained of the qualit
Sep 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was a meatier read compared to most other urban fantasies and I appreciate that difference. 24 Bones is a detailed and fast paced book that reminds me more of the type of serious urban fantasy undertaken in Lukyanenko’s Watcher books. This is particularly true considering the predominant theme of good vs. evil and the need to maintain a balance. I wish I had connected with characters slightly more and I felt this book was difficult to get into but well worth the effort so do not let those c ...more
Apr 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Apart from a multitude of grammatical and spelling errors, this was a very pleasant read. The intertwining of Christianity and Egyptian Mythology was very interesting, and added many new perspectives of certain religions. The author’s method of bringing three completely separate story lines together was quite thrilling; a reverse-branching storyline that doesn’t come together at an intersection, but in slowly realized relations.
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mystics with Dobermans? Yeah, I'm totally down for that too. Loved the Cairo and NY settings. A lot of interesting stuff happening in this little known book.
Elli Andrews
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic and exciting battle of good and evil based on Egyptian mythology. I got this book for free on kindle a few years ago and I'm glad I had a chance to go back and finally read it! It's a good story which brings an interesting twist on Egyptian mythology in a modern context. It was often quite difficult to remember that it was set in the present day and references to laptops and mobile phones seemed somewhat jarring against the cult references to Horus, Seth and Osiris and Isis! The charac ...more
Danielle Forrest
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
The first half of this book starts out slow, confusing and frustrating. I liked the first scenes and they drew me right into the book, but then I sort of slogged through until about 50-60% of the way, which was when it really started kicking in.
A lot of the story was pretty predictable (even many of the twists). There was one thing I never saw coming, only really figured out what they had planned as it was happening and then I was thinking, "Oh shit, he's doing that? We're screwed!" And by "we,"
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
Original review here:

Well, this was quite an interesting read. Michael F. Stewart has definitely delivered an entertaining and complex read. Stewart mixes both Egyptian and Christian religions. The story revolves around a war between two opposing sides. The story is about the fall of the phoenix. The balance of good and evil must be restored. But it seems the evil side, Shemsu Seth, have special plans in play to
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
For as long as she can remember, Samiya has walked in darkness. She has never understood the reason behind her mother's having given her away at such a young age. All she ever wanted was the woman's love, to know that she meant something to her, once and for all. Yet that hope died the moment her mother left her in the hands of cult intent on wreaking havoc on the world itself.

Raised to do the cult's bidding, Samiya has never questioned her destiny. She is evil, after all, a certainty that becom
May 11, 2013 rated it liked it
24 Bones is not my usual choice of genre, but when I saw the premise of the story, I wanted to give it a go. What author Michael F. Stewart does here is create a thrilling plot driven story steeped in ancient Egyptian mythology and Christian religion. Good versus evil are at the heart of the book. Samiya, leader of the Shemsu Seth, is born into shadow and her brother is born into light. At the start of the story Samiya's own mother Tara, tells her she must go to the darkness, to keep the balance ...more
Roxanne Crouse
Mar 06, 2013 rated it liked it
24 Bones contains an interesting mix of Egyptian and Christian myth. I’ve read reviews saying this book is inaccurate, but that’s OK for me as long as the story uses the changed information consistently and tells an interesting story and is written well. The novel is written well with nice descriptions and active voice. I only found a few copy editing problems sprinkled through the work. Nothing that would be a huge disruption to reading the novel. I didn’t have to wade through passages of back ...more
Robert Negut
With a good director and a decent budget, 24 Bones would make a pretty cool action movie. As a book, however, it has some issues, one being that the writing can at times be somewhat difficult to follow and at others a bit grating. And then there's the fact that, in spite of the large amount of potential material, it was all squeezed into a single relatively short novel, so certain things are rushed, not being properly explored or explained, coming more or less out of nowhere or being too fortuna ...more
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I first started reading ’24 Bones’, I was a little confused about the time frames from past to present. I put my confusion aside when I decided it didn’t matter – this would fit whether it was millennia ago (aside from some technology) or today. The juxtaposition of dark, light, and balance, is brilliantly represented by the Shemsu Seth, Shemsu Hor, and Sisters of Isis. With mutable characters and an ancient belief system brought to life, ’24 Bones’ captures the imagination. The time has co ...more
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Aug 05, 2013 rated it liked it
(This review may contain spoilers).

I have some mixed feelings about this book. It took me a little while to truly get into it and I was still confused by a lot of what was going on.

The concept behind the story was an interesting one and I liked Samiya and Faris. I didn't like David at all. The other characters... well, there were a few too many of them for me to really get involved with them. Each time a new traitor was revealed, I had to stop and try to remember exactly who the character was in
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
24 Bones is a book about 'Good vs Evil' basically. A child born into 'The Shadow' and a child born into 'The Light'. Destined to fight one another yet keep balance within the world. For if the power of one tips the scale the other must even the odds. However the master of the Shadow has other plans and wishes to find all the 24 bones of Osiris' spine in order to fulfil a prophecy and become a God.

This book took me a long time to get into, but it probably didn't help that I was reading another bo
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book
An interesting story in which the battle of good and evil is fought against the backdrop of Egypt's ancient monuments.
I really enjoyed the story. Stewart makes an intricate mix of religion, myth and history with fantasy and magical elements, and I thought it worked quite well. I like the way in which he uses theory about religion and myth to complement the story.
The story is fast-paced and well written. I very much liked the characters and how they develop, choosing different sides in the course
Holly Cleggian
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
To be honest, my 2 star reveiw may well be a matter of taste. The book was fairly well written and the subject matter may very well be great for other readers... however, apparently, not for me. I have no idea what others have put as a review (don't want to read what others have said until I have put up my own review).
By all means, feel free to read the book and make your own opinions.
I felt that the book jumped about a little and I got a little confused at times. I felt that the suthor was tryi
lynda  dwight
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
this took awhile for me to get into...for the simple fact I am not aware of Egyptian mythology I have heard some of the terminology but not in as much depth as in this story. this is a well written novel and once I understood what was going on I was glued until the end.

I liked the kicker at the end with dawid and samiya and tara... didn't see that coming. and definitely was sad with faris at the end.

gives special meaning to good vs evil, heaven vs hell... purgatory... ying vs yang....cannot ex
Tamara! aka Amy G. Dala
I think it's worth more than 3 stars, but not quite a 4. Had a hard time getting it all into place. Granted, lots of real life happening and not a small amount of Skyrim also kept getting in the way, but I had a hard time finding a flow that would make this a 'can't put it down' read. I really enjoyed the comparisons in religions, and found the plot to be wholly engaging, but the writing was a bit stilted for me and, well, I just couldn't get the 'groove' so found it taking longer than expected ...more
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Blends at least four religions, together twisting them around, but makes it all work. There's an underground kingdom presided over by a sadistic megalomaniac with supernatural powers. A fortress of warrior type monks. A secretive sect of women that keeps one from being stronger than the other. And a man and woman who were both given the power to stop the chaos, if they can learn to balance light and dark in time. It's a bizarre, surreal, bloody world full of giant crocodiles, hairless dogs, prop ...more
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Actual rating: 2.5 stars
Part of the fault is mine. I was reading it at the same time as I read another book that I really liked, so this one suffered. Maybe if I had read this one straight through, I would have been able to keep everything straight.
The book has plenty of action, and gore, and heavy/tricky issues of Good and Evil. I also liked Samiya very much. But I had a harder time with the other characters. I soon gave up on keeping track of the secondary characters, since as soon as we meet
Amanda Jaczkowski
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Apart from a multitude of grammatical and spelling errors, this was a very pleasant read. The intertwining of Christianity and Egyptian Mythology was very interesting, and added many new perspectives of certain religions. The author’s method of bringing three completely separate story lines together was quite thrilling; a reverse-branching storyline that doesn’t come together at an intersection, but in slowly realized relations.
Jul 25, 2013 rated it liked it
this review is a little hard to write, as I'm not sure what to say!

steeped in Egyptian mythology, but also mixing Christian mythology with the Egyptian, it was hard to follow at times. the story was good, upto about 2/3 of the way through, then I lost it a bit. it got very complex and I had to leave it a bit and come back.

there are a whole host of characters, and it took a while to piece them altogether.

I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either.
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