Friday, 1 March 2013

THE BONES OF THE EARTH: Scott Bury


The Dark Age, eastern Europe: the earth has decided to rid itself of humanity with earthquakes, volcanoes and new plagues. Civilizations, even the mighty Roman Empire, crumble under the pressure of barbarian waves that are fleeing worse terrors. Rejected by his own people, pursued by a dragon, young Javor heads for Constantinople, the centre of civilization, looking for answers to the puzzle of his great-grandfather's dagger and the murder of his family. On the ancient, crumbling Roman highway across haunted, deserted Dacia, Javor rescues the beautiful Danisa from a human sacrifice. He cannot help falling in love with her. But Danisa has her own plans, and when she is kidnapped again, Javor has to wonder: what is the connection between his dagger, his lover and his enemies?

A very well presented tale of fantasy set in the time of ancient Rome that kept me reading to the end. Grammar, punctuation and presentation were good throughout ...except for the penultimate chapter. A final proof on this wouldn't go amiss as it yanked me out of the story quite rudely, and that was a shame because it was a good tale with great detail and wordcraft. Despite this, though, I thoroughly recommend.

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