Los Angeles is a daunting town for visitors, but it houses a wealth of hidden treasures, like Rhino Records and Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles.
And in California Bones, cannibalism.
Greg Van Eekhout’s adult debut is a grisly urban fantasy not for the squeamish. In this alternate LA, magicians, known as osteomancers, gain their powers by ingesting the bones of fantastic creatures, like krakens, and, on more than one occasion, other osteomancers.
The novel follows Daniel Blackhand, a gifted osteomancer who watched his father be eaten by the tyrannical Hierarch, a century-old osteomancer who rules Southern California. Since then he has made a living as a petty thief, but when he gets a chance to take part in the biggest heist of his life, and also avenge his father, he jumps at the opportunity.
Of course, things don’t go as planned in this blend of Raymond Chandler, Ocean’s Eleven, clones and cannibalism, but it is a brilliant and clever twist on urban fantasy.
Read my full review at “The Nameless Zine.”