The Bones of the Old Ones

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Macmillan, Dec 11, 2012 - Fiction - 307 pages
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A thrilling, inventive follow-up to The Desert of Souls by Howard Andrew Jones, a "rare master of the storyteller’s art" (Greenmanreview.com)
As a snowfall blankets 8th century Mosul, a Persian noblewoman arrives at the home of the scholar Dabir and his friend the swordsman Captain Asim. Najya has escaped from a dangerous cabal that has ensorcelled her to track down ancient magical tools of tremendous power, the bones of the old ones.

To stop the cabal and save Najya, Dabir and Asim venture into the worst winter in human memory, hunted by a shape-changing assassin. The stalwart Asim is drawn irresistibly toward the beautiful Persian even as Dabir realizes she may be far more dangerous a threat than anyone who pursues them, for her enchantment worsens with the winter. As their opposition grows, Dabir and Asim have no choice but to ally with their deadliest enemy, the treacherous Greek necromancer, Lydia. But even if they can trust one another long enough to escape their foes, it may be too late for Najya, whose soul is bound up with a vengeful spirit intent on sheathing the world in ice for a thousand years...

The Bones of the Old Ones is a damn good tale that not only pays homage to the masters, but sets its own print on the genre.” --SF Signal

“This rousing sequel to The Desert of Souls offers a mélange of ancient adventure myths populated by convincing, endearing characters… As intricately woven as the magic carpet of Greek sorceress Lydia, Jones’s tale incorporates real historical personages and settings like Mosul of “haggard beauty” from the early days of Islam, and fills the pages with gallantry and glamour to provide a thrilling spectacle.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review

  

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Review: The Bones of the Old Ones (The Chronicles of Sword and Sand #2)

User Review  - Marta Irina Pelrine-Bacon - Goodreads

A well-told adventure with compelling characters and page-turning plot. Read full review

Review: The Bones of the Old Ones (The Chronicles of Sword and Sand #2)

User Review  - Peter Fugazzotto - Goodreads

This was a book reminiscent of classic sword and sorcery tales, but not set in a Northern European world. It was fast paced from the start and never bogged down. It was refreshing in a genre in which ... Read full review

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When not helping run his small family farm or spending time with his amazing wife and children, Howard can be found hunched over his laptop or notebook, mumbling about flashing swords and doom-haunted towers. He has worked variously as a TV cameraman, a book editor, a recycling consultant, and a college writing instructor. He was instrumental in the rebirth of interest in Harold Lamb’s historical fiction, and has assembled and edited 8 collections of Lamb’s work for the University of Nebraska Press. Prior to their first novel-length adventure, The Desert of Souls, his characters Dabir and Asim appeared in short stories in a variety of publications, and most of those adventures have been compiled in the short story collection The Waters of Eternity

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