California Bones (Daniel Blackland #1) (Paperback)
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This is book number 1 in the Daniel Blackland series.
- #2: Pacific Fire (Daniel Blackland #2) (Paperback): $23.99
When Daniel Blackland was six, he ingested his first bone fragment, a bit of kraken spine plucked out of the sand during a visit with his demanding, brilliant, and powerful magician father, Sebastian.
When Daniel was twelve, he watched Sebastian die at the hands of the Hierarch of Southern California, devoured for the heightened magic layered deep within his bones.
Now, years later, Daniel is a petty thief with a forged identity. Hiding amid the crowds in Los Angeles—the capital of the Kingdom of Southern California—Daniel is trying to go straight. But his crime-boss uncle has a heist he wants Daniel to perform: break into the Hierarch's storehouse of magical artifacts and retrieve Sebastian's sword, an object of untold power.
For this dangerous mission, Daniel will need a team he can rely on, so he brings in his closest friends from his years in the criminal world. There's Moth, who can take a bullet and heal in mere minutes. Jo Alverado, illusionist. The multitalented Cassandra, Daniel's ex. And, new to them all, the enigmatic, knowledgeable Emma, with her British accent and her own grudge against the powers-that-be. The stakes are high, and the stage is set for a showdown that might just break the magic that protects a long-corrupt regime.
Extravagant and yet moving, Greg van Eekhout's California Bones is an epic adventure set in a city of canals and secrets and casual brutality--different from the world we know, yet familiar and true.
About the Author
Greg van Eekhout is an American fantasy and science fiction writer born and raised in Los Angeles. Following his professional debut, a story in Starlight 3, he published a couple of dozen stories, appearing in most of the genre’s major science fiction magazines, several anthologies, and a number of Year’s Best compilations. His story “In the Late December” was a Nebula finalist, and his first novel, Norse Code, came out in 2009. For fun, Greg practices Northern Shaolin kung fu and indulges his love of little tacos.
"The story is structured like a caper novel, and fans of stories about heists will enjoy it, but its fantastical elements make it an absolute must for urban-fantasy readers, too."—Booklist
"A combination of caper novel and urban fantasy packs a wallop."—Library Journal