The Bone Ships

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By RJ Barker

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"Excellent. One of the most interesting and original fantasy worlds I've seen in years." —Adrian Tchaikovsky, Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author

A brilliantly imagined saga of honor, glory, and warfare, The Bone Ships is the epic launch of a new series from British Fantasy Award winner, RJ Barker.

*British Fantasy Award for Best Fantasy Novel, winner

Two nations at war. One prize beyond compare. 

For generations, the Hundred Isles have built their ships from the bones of ancient dragons to fight an endless war. The dragons disappeared, but the battles for supremacy persisted.

Now, the first dragon in centuries has been spotted in far-off waters, and both sides see a chance to shift the balance of power in their favor. Because whoever catches it will win not only glory but the war.

Praise for The Bone Ships:

"Brilliant." —Robin Hobb

"A vividly realized high-seas epic that pulls you deep into its world and keeps you tangled there until the very last word." —Evan Winter, author of The Rage of Dragons

The Tide Child Trilogy
The Bone Ships
Call of the Bone Ships
The Bone Ship's Wake


For more from RJ Barker, check out:

The Wounded Kingdom
Age of Assassins
Blood of Assassins
King of Assassins

 

  • "A vividly realized high-seas epic that pulls you deep into its world and keeps you tangled there until the very last word."
    Evan Winter, author of The Rage of Dragons
  • "The Bone Ships is excellent. Aside from the standout writing, it's one of the most interesting and original fantasy worlds I've seen in years."
    Adrian Tchaikovsky, Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author
  • "The Bone Ships is a viciously exciting adventure. I loved every second of it."
    Tasha Suri, author of Empire of Sand
  • "[T]he novel feels like one of Patrick O'Brian's richly detailed sagas of seamanship...a very promising beginning."
    Publishers Weekly
  • "The first in the Tide Child trilogy presents a unique and memorable world-harsh and brutal and full of fully realized, powerful female characters. Barker has managed to craft a story inspired by Moby Dick, Game of Thrones, and pirate lore, and readers will be drawn in and fascinated."
    Booklist (starred review)
  • "Simultaneously gritty and full of a sense of wonder, The Bone Ships is the perfect adventure for anyone who's ever had dreams of the sea-or of dragons ... an excellent book for any reader in search of a fantastical journey."
    BookPage
  • "I absolutely loved it. A whole lot of swashbuckling awesomeness by RJ Barker. He has crafted a fascinating world and a twisty plot, both rooted in characters I came to care about. A definite winner for me."
    John Gwynne, author of Malice
  • "An epic tale of duty and obligation and honour, and what bravery really means... I can't recommend it enough."
    Peter McLean, author of Priest of Bones
  • "A thrilling bit of high seas fantasy that sets the stage for what is doubtless to be a riveting trilogy from a tremendously talented and imaginative mind."
    Spectrum Culture

On Sale
Sep 24, 2019
Page Count
512 pages
Publisher
Orbit
ISBN-13
9780316487962

RJ Barker

About the Author

RJ Barker lives in Leeds with his wife, son and “a collection of questionable taxidermy." He grew up reading whatever he could get his hands on, and having played in a rock band before deciding he was a rubbish musician, RJ returned to his first love, fiction, to find he is rather better at that. As well as his debut epic fantasy series, the Wounded Kingdom trilogy (Age of Assassins, Blood of Assassins and King of Assassins) RJ has written short stories and historical scripts which have been performed across the country. He has the sort of flowing locks any cavalier would be proud of. RJ’s novel The Bone Ships is the winner of the British Fantasy Society’s Best Novel, aka the Robert Holdstock Award.

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