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Bone Gods (Black London Novels) [Mass Market Paperback]

Caitlin Kittredge
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 343 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (30 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312388209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312388201
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 944,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Caitlin Kittredge lives in Washington and is the proud owner of an English degree, two cats, a morbid imagination, a taste for black clothing, punk rock, and comic books. Visit her at www.caitlinkittredge.com

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3.0 out of 5 stars Conflicted 2 Aug 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Pete Caldecott is trying to survive in Black London without Jack Winter, her teacher and closest friend. After Jack was turned into a demon, he went to live far out of reach...in hell. But for Pete, surviving is no easy matter. The Black is rife with turf wars between mages and necromancers, the witch-hunting Order of the Malleus has resurfaced, and the gods themselves seem to be at each other's throats. Then Jack reappears, as the head of hell's army, and Pete has to choose between Jack, and her duties as a Weir--which demand she kill him to save the world from certain destruction...

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In the last installment of Black London Jack Winter (who is one of my favourite UF characters)died... sort of. In the meantime Pete has been moving on and trying to come to terms with her power as a weir. So far so good. What I loved about the last two books were the novel plots (which had both action and consequence) and truly original and dark lead characters and their dynamic. Unfortunately in the first 2/3 Jack and Pete lose pretty much all the ground they'd gained in previous books and their characters felt flat and repetitive (how many times do we need to be told that Pete is petite?). I found that the usual tight and nuanced plot now consisted of Pete bulling through most of her problems and the addition of a previously absent mother did little to add emotional tension. It felt like the problems and baddies were just being thrown at her with little rhyme or reason, which, whilst it may be true of real life, makes for an irritating read. I was hugely frustrated having waited months for this book and loving the previous two.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed but still a fan 28 Jan 2011
By stargirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I absolutely loved the first two books in the Black London series, so I eagerly awaited Bone Gods. I saved it for vacation, hoarding it until I had stretches of time where I could read uninterrupted. I give Ms. Kittredge credit for keeping the Black a creepy and mysterious place, and I applaud her use of dialect and slang, but I was really put off by the two main characters, especially Pete. In the other books, she held her own against Jack and was a credible character, tough, hostile, but shrewd. In Bone Gods, she is a caricature of her former self, and she comes across as ignorant, self-serving and not at all believable. She spent most of the book hitting things without thinking the situation through. It doesn't help that the author reminds us every other page that Pete is a petite woman, that her magic of being a Weir was just to be used by someone else. I think that is the opposite of what the author intended, but that's the way it appeared to me. Jack's character is understandably muted, having just spend time in Hell, but geez, it would have been nice to know a little of the anguish he carried around, instead of being reminded that he had "flat eyes".

I think the book has merit, and the story line was great, if a bit undeveloped with lots of loose ends hanging about, but I wish the characters were less objectionable and self-involved. Pete's vacillation from sleeping with Jack (along with a heavy touch of hero worship) to hitting and cursing him became tiresome very soon after Jack returns.

I also thought the story line with Pete's mom was completely unnecessary and had no relation to the rest of the story. She didn't add anything to the story at all, and breezed in and out without any closure or explanation as to why she was there. It was really jarring and made a mess of the plot. We could have been introduced to Morningstar without using Pete's mom as a tool.

If there is a fourth book in the series, I hope we continue to learn about the Black, who the Green Man really is, and that Pete becomes more like Pete. Of course Jack is damaged forever, but it would be interesting to see how he manages now that he isn't under Morrigan's control. I'll probably read the book, as Ms. Kittredge does an amazing job building worlds and characters, usually.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wild Ride 3 Dec 2010
By UrbanFantasyGuy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'll start out by saying that while I loved the first two books in this series and have been eagerly awaiting Bone Gods, I have been waiting for the series to make its mark and stand out from others in the genre. Bone Gods picks up not long after Demon Bound ends. Pete is still grieving the loss of Jack to the demon Belial when her old partner at the police department asks for her help on a mysterious killing in the British Museum. One thing leads to another and Pete is dragged back into the strange world of the Black and encounters old friends and enemies. Jack Winter, the crude, deeply flawed mage with a heart of gold is easily the best male protagonist in the Urban Fantasy genre. Combined with our female protagonist Pete Caldecott, who will not back from anything or anyone and you're in for a wild ride. Filled with great twists and the signature dark humor of the series, it definitely cemented Black London as one of the best Urban Fantasy series around. If you even remotely liked the other books in the series, read this one now and you'll be hooked.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exhilarating urban fantasy 4 Dec 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Black London is a dangerous place to reside as witches, mages and necromancers fight each other for control with no regard for collateral damage. Adding to the deadly chaos is the deity civil war and the revival of the lethal order of the Malleus who stalk witches with deadly intent.

Trying to retain order are detectives like Pete Caldecott. A Weir she misses her mentor former punk rocker Jack Winter, who took her under his wings when she was sixteen before he apparently died (see Street Magic). When Pete found Jack, she was euphoric. After drying out from his addiction, Jack was turned into a demon so he fled to hell to keep himself from harming Pete (see Demon Bound). Now Jack is back for the third time in Pete's life as the Commander in Chief of an army of hell's most odious horde with plans to dominate the world. Pete must assassinate her hero in order to save Black London and the world or else.

This strange but exhilarating Black London urban fantasy (see the anthology Huntress, for a Winter dark novella) takes a third major spin in the Jack-Pete relationship; which gives new meaning to dysfunctional. Although there is an initial déjà vu all over again feel, the twisted fast-paced story line holds reader attention; as Pete is left with the choice of saving the world by killing her mentor-hero. Readers will relish the tale of the heroine's dilemma as she knows what she must do, but fears she will not be able to figuratively squeeze the trigger as the thought of patricide makes her ill.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent writing 21 May 2012
By Under The Covers Book Blog - Published on Amazon.com
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Bone Gods
Reviewed by Suzanne and posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

Jack has gone, dragged into Hell, and Pete is left to cope and fend for herself in the Black, the underground world of magic where the things you dream of in nightmares roam freely waiting to shred you to pieces. Pete can feel something coming in the Black, and when she is called to look at a dead man with unusual and unsettling carvings in his chest things get from bad to worse. Then Jack comes back, or has he....

What I like most about these books is that they are unpredictable, I never quite know what is going to happen, and this book proved no different. In the world of the Black there is no real Right and Wrong, just what you can live with, and what you can get way with, nothing is cut and dried. Jack is a great example of this, you know that he isn't really a good person and you know he definitely isn't good for Pete and this book underlines that; however, you can't help but like him and even understand him a little and maybe forgive him when you know you shouldn't.

Bone Gods was great, it was told through Pete's eyes again, and although I missed Jacks perspective, she was a good character to cling on to. The plot in this one brought about a direct confrontation between the Morrigan and Hecate through Jack and Pete this was filled with tension and you never really knew what either of them were going to do until they did it. The only thing I didn't really like was that the plot was quite slow, and it took a while for significant events to happen.

I really enjoyed this installment, her writing is excellent and the characters some of the most interetsing I have read and I can't wait for the next one, especially with how she has left it hanging!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first two 28 July 2011
By Kathryn Sullivan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I still really like Jack and Pete and like the idea of the two lovers destined to lead the opposing sides of a war to end the world. But, I was disappointed in the ending. After everything that they went through in the previous book, it seems to me that both of them would be ready to stick their middle fingers to the supernatural "patrons" and fight to stay together to try and buck their destinies.
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