The Bone Reader

 “The Bone Reader is absorbing and occasionally heart-breaking, and has a richness about it that elevates it far above a simple murder mystery.”
~Claire Ryan, author of the 
Daemonva Trilogy

“If you’re like me, even if you work out whodunnit, the writing and the flow of this world will hold you until the very end.”
~Jo Thomas, author of 
25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf

Cemirowl is gifted, and cursed. She sees the spirits of the dead, and sees the future in her basket of bones; her sight is cryptic, lacking, and mostly useless. In her tiny village, she is a priestess, but still an object of curiosity and an outcast.

A chance meeting brings one of the king’s caballiers to her door for a reading, for nothing more than some entertainment. He is well-entertained indeed by her predictions of his lady loves… and far less so when she foretells a coming death. He leaves, dismissing her. But for all that her power is mysterious and often confusing, it is never, ever wrong.

When Queen Tidyri is murdered, the caballiers return for Cemirowl. She is brought unwillingly into the palace and into a web of intrigue and lies, where King Larthor rages in his grief. He demands that Cemirowl now use her gifts to find the one who killed his beloved wife.

Cemirowl must draw on all her abilities – her powers, no matter how unreliable; her intuition for reading people; her knowledge; and her wits – to discover the murderer, lay the spirits of the dead to rest, and help the living to grieve and find peace. And, perhaps, she will finally find a place where she belongs.

THE BONE READER is a fantastical murder mystery set in the rich world of Ihyel, where the hard-won peace between two kingdoms rests on the shoulders of one determined, compassionate priestess.

This novel is not part of the Humna arc in the least.  It is still located in the planet Ihyel.  Chapter 1 is available in PDF.  It is the first in The Bone Reader Mystery series.   Just for fun, I’m adding a deleted scene: The Bone Reader – Toggas Deleted Scene (PDF) The novel is available through Amazon or contact Dahlonega, Georgia’s Bear Book Market’s website or their Facebook page.

This marks the last cover by the wonderful Grant Searcey of blessed memory.  I’m still grieving this, but there are amazing things on the horizons, and new fabulous artists I’m working with.