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R. J. Barker

Forfatter af The Bone Ships

10+ Værker 1,637 Medlemmer 45 Anmeldelser 1 Favorited


Værker af R. J. Barker

The Bone Ships (2019) 610 eksemplarer, 16 anmeldelser
Age of Assassins (2017) 314 eksemplarer, 10 anmeldelser
Call of the Bone Ships (2020) 200 eksemplarer, 6 anmeldelser
The Bone Ship's Wake (2021) 159 eksemplarer, 6 anmeldelser
Gods of the Wyrdwood (2023) 123 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Blood of Assassins (2018) 114 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
King of Assassins (2018) 110 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
The Hag's Call 5 eksemplarer
The Social Diary of a Ghoul (2011) 1 eksemplar
Interment 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Art of War: Anthology for Charity (2018) — Bidragyder — 45 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Best of British Fantasy 2018 (2019) — Bidragyder — 32 eksemplarer, 16 anmeldelser
Stories of Hope and Wonder: In Support of the UK's Healthcare Workers (2020) — Bidragyder — 11 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
When Swords Fall Silent: An Epic Fantasy Anthology (2023) — Bidragyder — 11 eksemplarer
Legends 3: Stories in Honour of David Gemmell (2019) — Bidragyder — 10 eksemplarer, 4 anmeldelser

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The second book in The Tide Child trilogy DID NOT DISAPPOINT! RJ Barker is a wonderful storyteller, I am so glad I discovered this author.

"Call of the Bone Ships" is very different in both scope and tone from The Bone Ships. There is still plenty of maritime adventures and sea battles. But here, we go to very dark places, there is grief and sacrifice, loss and scary fanaticism. There is less swashbuckling and more pain, there is always a price to pay for every victory. The stakes are higher. The characters grow and change through pain and hardship and we see a side to some of them we had not seen before.

Unlike the first book, this one ends with a cliffhanger. I wish authors would stop doing that. Hmm, but then again, maybe not ;)))
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Alexandra_book_life | 5 andre anmeldelser | Dec 15, 2023 |
Oh. How perfectly this series lands... Third book of a trilogy can be a strange beast sometimes, hard to tame. RJ Barker does it beautifully.

This is a dark, dark tale. There are people being broken, people dying, people doing terrible things, people doing truly evil things (and arguing that there is a difference between the two latter). Much of the grief and tragedy in "The Bone Ship’s Wake", as in the two previous books, comes from blindly following traditions, just for traditions’ sake, because “this is how it was always done”.

The loneliness of leadership is described so vividly here. Both Meas and Joron tumble into this darkness – and come back out.

I loved the plot twists I did not see coming, and new discoveries about so many characters. There are horrible choices everyone has to make. Yet, there is also bravery, friendship, hope, the stories that bind people together. And did I mention all the adventure and excitement? I had to take deep breaths between storms, sea battles, monsters of the deep, and mysteriously empty ships.

The ending was fitting. It still broke my heart.

And stripping everything else in the book away, what you have left is the romance of the sea. Feel it, smell it, taste it, see these ships fly…
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Alexandra_book_life | 5 andre anmeldelser | Dec 15, 2023 |
It is a very rare thing indeed, as an adult, to meet a book of the sea of exactly the same kind you used to devour when you were nine. It’s just that this is not a children’s book and it happens to be fantasy, too (oh, yes). But all the feelings, the smell of the sea, the exaltation, these are all there still.

Exploring the world of “Bone Ships” was a lot of fun - despite it being a dark and grim one. The worldbuilding is very skillfully done, and I loved all the made-up naval terms.
Joron’s voyage of discovery - of himself, of others, learning to question the way things work in his society - was one of the most enjoyable things about the book.

In case I have not made it clear in the first paragraph of this review: this book is fiendishly entertaining. Sea battles (lots of them). Strange creatures and monsters. Swashbuckling galore. Badass characters. Last minute rescues.

The best thing: the whole trilogy is out, so Book 2 and 3 are waiting for me. Hurray! I’ll definitely be watching R.J. Barker :-)))
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Alexandra_book_life | 15 andre anmeldelser | Dec 15, 2023 |
The start of this book might leave some people a little cold. The world is so foreign. The language different. The world building is deep but it all pays off. One of my favorite fantasy novels of the last decade. I loved this book. I loved the characters. I loved the world. I loved the ship. The story is full of action and betrayal and triumph. It left me wanting more and thankfully there is more.
cdaley | 15 andre anmeldelser | Nov 2, 2023 |



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