The King of Bones and Ashes by J. D. Horn was featured in the April, 2018 Apostrophe Box. A subscription box catering to coffee-loving bibliophiles, Apostrophe Box strives to inspire reading across a variety of genres while relishing the taste and discovery of coffee blends from micro- and artisan roasters.
Without giving too much away, here is a (very) basic run-down of what's going on with this urban fantasy novel:
The King of Bones and Ashes is the first in The Witches of New Orleans series and is, as you can imagine, set in New Orleans. Magic is going away and the witches who have languished in the power in the past are now finding themselves magically drained. Only a few remain who still have the power of old.
The story meanders through the life of Alice, a young witch whose life is complicated by her visions of Babau Jean, an entity of ill will. The novel is framed around Alice's incapacitation of sorts and her homecoming, from which stems some happiness and lots of chaos.
A myriad of other characters, both witchy and non-witchy, are introduced and given backbones in the story, although it may not seem significant until the end. Both Lisette and Evangeline have roles to play in the end game, but you may be a bit shocked by how things end. Then again, you may be magical enough to know exactly what lies in store for the Marin family and those who cross their path.
Hang in there. This is one of those stories that takes a while to begin to unfold.
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