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Priest of Bones (War for the Rose Throne) (urspr publ 2018; utgåvan 2018)

av Peter McLean (Författare)

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"The first in an unmissable series, Priest of Bones is a fresh and compelling take on grimdark fantasy. Mashing together soldiers, gangsters, magic and war into a heady mix that is a hulking big brother to The Lies of Locke Lamora ."--Anna Stephens, author of Godblind The war is over, and army priest Tomas Piety heads home with Sergeant Bloody Anne at his side. But things have changed while he was away: his crime empire has been stolen and the people of Ellinburg--his people--have run out of food and hope and places to hide. Tomas sets out to reclaim what was his with help from Anne, his brother, Jochan, and his new gang: the Pious Men. But when he finds himself dragged into a web of political intrigue once again, everything gets more complicated. As the Pious Men fight shadowy foreign infiltrators in the back-street taverns, brothels, and gambling dens of Tomas's old life, it becomes clear: The war is only just beginning.… (mer)
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Titel:Priest of Bones (War for the Rose Throne)
Författare:Peter McLean (Författare)
Info:Ace (2018), 352 pages
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Priest of Bones av Peter McLean (2018)

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Peaky blinders meets gritty fantasy. My best read of the year so far. ( )
  Alfred-110 | Jun 9, 2023 |
Not really a 10/10 book, but definitely the fantasy book I most enjoyed reading these last 2-3 years.
It has an Abercrombie feel in its worldbuilding and a Black Company in its characters and it might be described, as many did, as fantasy Peeky Blinders. It might also be described as 85% grimdark (not full cause there are clearly good guys and bad guys and the good guys win) and, even though not that complex, it is not simplistic, either.
It is for me much, much better than Locke Lamora, but it would definitely appeal to that series' fans (as to Brent Weeks ones and definitely Cook's).
It also sports a truly diverse cast which for once does not seem forced fed to the reader just cause it's a must, like in most fiction lately, but naturally occuring.
Recommended. I'll start on the sequel right on. ( )
  milosdumbraci | May 5, 2023 |
4.5 stars

I finished this in one go so that should tell you how good it is. ( )
  pacbox | Jul 9, 2022 |
DNF. This sat and collected metaphorical dust in my ereader for months. I got about 100 pages in and nothing had happened, none of the characters had appealed to me, and their situation didn't change enough to make it interesting. This would be a book for those who read a lot of high fantasy and are used to long-winded soliloquies about walking down the street but I need a little more action.
  brittaniethekid | Jul 7, 2022 |
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“Priest of Bones” is a fantasy gangster book that captivates the reader from the very first lines.

Tomas Piety is returning back to Ellinburg after almost three years, during which he has been fighting a war that wasn’t his to fight. Even though, he had to fight and get back home safe, to return to his people after his conscription had ended. Tomas may have become a priest in the army when their own priest was lost in battle, but before the war, he was a businessman, leading the Pious Men. Upon his return, he finds the Stink poor as hell and his businesses overtaken. His aunt is nowhere to be found. Tomas has to bring his crew together and get his businesses back. He will then be able to look after the people in his streets, his people.

What has happened in Ellinburg is bigger than him, bigger than anything he could imagine. Strange, foreign people have taken over the city while he and the other bosses were away at the war. And for that, he had to work for the Queen’s Men, no matter he liked it or not. When Queen’s Men approached you, you had no other option but to do as they say.

The book is narrated in first person, by Thomas himself. It is as if he is writing his memoirs and we only read his side of the story. Even so, this does not seem to be inadequate as we do get a lot of the action, without missing much. This Thomas Piety, sounds a lot like Thomas Shelby from Peacky Blinders. He is owning his streets and he is protecting them as well. He doesn’t allow mistreats, he doesn’t approve of hurting women, child abuse and drug trade. He is helping the poor and all people in his streets by giving them a job in one of his businesses or helping them restore their own. He earns his people respect.

Apart from Thomas, their is a great deal of other characters in the book, like Bloody Ann, who is second in command and his brother Jochan who has battle syndrome, but he could take down a small army only he and two or three more men. Thomas takes advantage of that as he always sends the right man for the right job. So step by step, we follow the story as he takes back his businesses.

The fantasy in the book comes with a magical twist. Those strangers are using magicians, respectable people with great power. Not everyone though likes them. Thomas needs his one magician if he wants to win this war, and he finds him. Because this is another was to be fought, and he needs every mean to win it! ( )
  GeorgiaKo | Dec 1, 2020 |
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"The first in an unmissable series, Priest of Bones is a fresh and compelling take on grimdark fantasy. Mashing together soldiers, gangsters, magic and war into a heady mix that is a hulking big brother to The Lies of Locke Lamora ."--Anna Stephens, author of Godblind The war is over, and army priest Tomas Piety heads home with Sergeant Bloody Anne at his side. But things have changed while he was away: his crime empire has been stolen and the people of Ellinburg--his people--have run out of food and hope and places to hide. Tomas sets out to reclaim what was his with help from Anne, his brother, Jochan, and his new gang: the Pious Men. But when he finds himself dragged into a web of political intrigue once again, everything gets more complicated. As the Pious Men fight shadowy foreign infiltrators in the back-street taverns, brothels, and gambling dens of Tomas's old life, it becomes clear: The war is only just beginning.

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