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FREE READ The Bone Ships 107 ô [Epub] ➟ The Bone Ships ➤ R.J. Barker – A brilliantly imagined saga of honor glory and warfare The Bone Ships is the epic launch of a new fantasy from David Gemmell Award nominated RJ BarkerTwo nations at war A prize beyond compareFor gener A brilliantly imagined saga of honor glory and warfarNerations the Hundred Isles have built their ships from the bones of ancient dragons to fight an endless warThe dragons disappeared but the battles for supremacy persistedNow The Bone PDFEPUB or th. ARC provided by the publisher Orbit in exchange for an honest review45 starsBold and inventive RJ Barker sailed through new uncharted waters with The Bone Ships and emerged with a brilliant tale of seafaring adventure and deeds of derring do With The Bone Ships Barker's sopho series is uite a departure from the tone and style in his debut The Wounded Kingdom which I loved but the most important that remained is his engaging voice Let me first state this pertinent fact I am not typically a fan of seafaring stories be it in the medium of books or movies To set some context before I proceed I have not read The Liveship Traders by Robin Hobbs and not seen the movie Master and Commander Why Because ships Throughout my many years of reading whether it's fantasy or otherwise I usually dreaded the part of the story where the main characters had to undertake a sea voyage always hoping that it'll be as short as possible There had been exceptions where I've found it to be than just agreeable but these were rare and usually do not make up the bulk of the narrative As such I was actually pretty anxious going into this book I would say that over 90% of The Bone Ships took place on a ship and in the sea And I loved reading every minute of it Honestly I was uite blown away by how much I enjoyed this book Not only was the narrative predominantly seafaring the very culture religion and economy of this world are centred around it To top it all off Barker even created a whole slew of new sailing jargons However due to his deft skills in contextualising these terms in the narrative I found myself struggling less than I usually do with our real world sailing jargon Barker's lyrical prose pulled me into the story effortlessly notwithstanding how foreign this world of the Scattered Archipelago was On that note I just want to take a moment here to praise the incredible worldbuilding Even accounting for the fact that I've not read much seafaring narratives the worldbuilding in The Tide Child feels uniue stacked against other fantasy settings The building blocks of this world religion culture economy mythology even the flora and fauna are rooted in the seagoing life of its people and shaped by the never ending war between the two major nations in the Scattered Archipelago All these are so well crafted that even such foreign environment came alive in my mind I don't have the right words to describe how everything seemed to just fit and work well from ships made from the bones of sea dragons to an avian God and the worship of feminine deities The world is decidedly matriarchal For example ships are referred to as he as opposed to the typical use of the feminine pronoun and the captains are called shipwife The social structure is built upon a blatant and absolutely awful discrimination between those who are born normal and those with deformities however slight To be part of the fleet is an honour granted to the privileged and strength is perceived from lack of deformity This is just one of the many harsh realities in The Hundred Isles life there is hard and brutal One element of Barker's writing which staye

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E first dragon in centuries has been spotted in far off waters and both sides see a chance to shift the balance of power in their favour Because whoever catches it will win not only glory but the w. I was lucky enough to receive a pre ARC proof of THE BONE SHIPS by RJ Barker from Orbit books and it was glorious Imagine the naval sagas of Patrick O'Brian the Aubrey–Maturin series Master and Commander in a fantasy world with a triumvirate of goddesses avian wind mages and a fully matriarchal society Imagine it told in the language of the sea in rolling rhythmic prose that crashes over you like breakersImagine the mythic grandeur of the last sea dragon and the dragonbone ships that set out to hunt it or to save it Barker has created a living breathing society here with every turn of phrase and nuance of expression hand crafted to draw you on and on into this world of women and men on the high seas; into an epic tale of duty and obligation and honour and what bravery really means It is truly magnificent and I can't recommend it enough

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The Bone ShipsA brilliantly imagined saga of honor glory and warfare The Bone Ships is the epic launch of a new fantasy from David Gemmell Award nominated RJ BarkerTwo nations at war A prize beyond compareFor ge. Rats and double rats Have you ever done a cut and paste to move a paragraph And then come back to discover that said paragraph is missingSee an insertion below with a few stars to mark itMy usual Caveat I received a free copy of this book as an Advanced Reading Copy I have met RJ Barker and shared several breakfasts with him in a dungeon This creates a bond of friendshipHowever I do not think that affects my review of this bookThe Bones Ships as noted above is book one of The Tide Child There are unanswered uestions at the end of the book but I felt that this section of the tale made a satisfying read on its own My husband comes from a family with a long maritime tradition as fishermen and Merchant Marine Both my sons have gone to sea for extended periods of time Our home is full of bits and pieces of maritime heritage Our homes have always had 'galleys' and 'decks' instead of kitchens and floors I mention this as when I first entered the world of the Tide Child and his crew there were changes in idiom that were small hurdles for me Slates on the deck Ships referred to as 'he' Deckhands as deckchilder If these puzzle you at first persevere And my copy has an appendix in the back if you need help keeping the ranks straight in your mind Many fantasy and SF books simply plunge the reader into the middle of a foreign setting and expect you to accept and hold onto the thread of the story and move forward The Bone Ships does this very well Just trust it The flora and fauna of the world the organization of the society and the economy of the world will fall into place around you It all makes senseIf you've read any of my other reviews you know that I avoid spoilers So reviewing a book without giving spoilers can push me into using the same phrases over and over A good tale Well developed characters A well thought out world Don't fear that I am using generalities I'm telling you what is genuinely important to me in reading a book all the way to the end Characters Plot Setting Inserted paragraph The lush descriptions of the foreign forests and sea creatures are remarkable I chose the word 'foreign' rather than 'alien' as it is apparent that Joron Twiner is a man of the sea and a fisherman When he ventures into the forests on the land or goes beyond fishing grounds into deeper waters his reactions to these foreign environments are genuine He sees them in the same way I saw my first encounter with a subway station or a desert He has known of these things but to him they are foreign This is a nice bit of worldbuilding as is the way the inhabitants of this world accept their social system as 'the way it has always been' Too often I read fantasy where the characters are suddenly able to lift their eyes and see 'a better way' with no catalyzing event to wake them up to it It always rings false to me But as Joron moves through his disasters and adventures he is gradually pushed into a wider awareness He has to adapt to his changing status aboard the vessel to modify his behaviors to fit his differing roles and eventually to interact with different species in a way he had never even considered