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Monday, May 6, 2013

24 Bones Blog Tour - Review + $25 Amazon GC/Ebook Giveaway: 24 Bones by Michael F. Stewart

Author: Michael F. Stewart
Format: ePub
Release Date: February 15, 2013
Pages: 288
Publisher: Non Sequitur Press
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/Thriller

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Synopsis from Tribute Books

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 Cairo. A mythic clash where one defeats the other and both become gods.

To break free from their fates, Samiya and her brother must unravel a mystery twisted by cults, greed, and magic. But myth is a powerful force and failure to live up to it may not only destroy their lives but the lives of the ones they love most.

When the phoenix dies, the only certainty is flames.


     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 make sure they break the coming prophecy.

      I won't lie, I had a tough time getting into this book. It started off interesting then took a bit of a turn and slowed down. I am all for worldbuilding, but I couldn't connect with the characters. They don't really have any discernible personalities that make them different from any other. We know they are preparing for a war. One side is killing off the other, the Shemsu Hor, who protect the 24 bones of Osiris's spine. They are trying to stop the Shemsu Seth from killing off the companions that hold pieces of the spine and giving them to the Pharaoh of Shemsu Seth. The book follows Sam (Samiya) is the child of shadow and is the leader of the Shemsu Seth. Her mother, Tara, is the a part of the Sisters of Isle. The Sisters keep the balance of good and evil. Along with Samiya, on the opposite side is David (Dawid). David left Canada to go back to Egypt from a message he receives from in his email. He also has a relict that may be a very big discovery. But he is means more to the war that he originally thought.

      Like I said, the book was a little slow, but once David and his story is introduced, he kicks up a bit. The book really kicks off in about the second half. I loved it. Lots of twists and turns. The characters and the plot change pace. I love the action. This isn't your usual Urban Fantasy and it is makes it stand out. The book is suspenseful with some paranormal aspects thrown in. I really loved where this book went.

      Overall I would recommend this mainly for the second half. I enjoyed it, it just needed a bit more of a pick me up in the beginning. It may be hard to wrap your head around a few things in the book. Like terms and such that could use an explanation or too. The book can be a little confusing at times. But the buildup is still good once you see the connection between the stories. Sam becomes quite the character in the second half and you will love where the story goes. I won't spoil you, but it is good. I love Stewart's take on Urban Fantasy. 24 Bones was pretty dark and intense. But the book takes on more than one genre and is well written overall despite some of my complaints. I say check it out.


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About Michael F. Stewart

After crewing ships in the Antarctic and the Baltic Sea and some fun in venture capital, Michael anchored himself (happily) to a marriage and a boatload of kids. Now he injects his adventurous spirit into his writing with brief respites for research into the jungles of Sumatra and Guatemala, the ruins of Egypt and Tik’al, paddling the Zambezi and diving whatever cave or ocean reef will have him. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers and SF Canada, and the author of the Assured Destruction series, 24 Bones, The Sand Dragon, Hurakan, Ruination and several award winning graphic novels for young adults.


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Check out the other blogs on this tour below or here:

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May 6

May 7

May 9
The Bookworm (review)

May 10
Novel d'Tales (review)

May 12

May 14

May 15

May 16

May 17

May 22

May 23
Ascroft, eh? (review)

May 24

May 25

May 30

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  1. Thanks for the review, Diana! Very different than Assured Destruction, isn't it? I've knocked the price down to $0.99 for the duration of the tour. Thanks again for sharing!

    1. You are so welcome. It is very different from Assured Destruction, but I still enjoyed it. You are so welcome and thank you again hon :D

  2. Diana, thanks for your review! And I'm glad you enjoy Michael's take on urban fantasy :)

    1. Thank you for having me again hon and you are more than welcome :D


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