24 Bones

By Michael F. Stewart

'Terrific! A winning combination of genres ...” Nate Kenyon, bestselling writer of The succeed in, leading, Bloodstone, and The Bone Factory.

'24 Bones' is a successful debut. it is well-written and well-plotted, studded with drama, motion, heritage and mythology.” SF Crowsnest.

Every years the phoenix dies.

Samiya, born-into-shadow, is quickly to conflict her born-into-light brother. deserted by means of their mom and dad, neither needs to play the preordained function of beast and hero. whilst their family are taken hostage, they're compelled to stick to the trail specified by delusion, culminating in a conflict first fought six thousand years in the past in historic Cairo. A mythic conflict the place one defeats the opposite and either develop into gods.

To become independent from from their fates, Samiya and her brother needs to get to the bottom of a secret twisted by means of cults, greed, and magic. yet fantasy is a robust strength and failure to stay as much as it could actually not just ruin their lives however the lives of those they love most.

24 Bones is for a person who likes their thrillers combined with mythology and a hefty dose of the fantastic.

When the phoenix dies, the single sure bet is flames.

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My leg, it hurts a lot. ” Faris groaned. Sam pressed her hand opposed to his brow. She cupped him within the Fullness, yet she used to be tired. She couldn’t retain a formal hyperlink. In her short connection, she touched the ailment of his leg. He moaned while she relinquished the circulate. “Faris, don’t contact the Void. You’re too vulnerable, and you’ll be misplaced. mom, stick with Faris, I’m going to look for an go out. ” Tara nodded within the darkness, and Sam clambered to her toes and ascended the financial institution. The chamber used to be large. She skirted the river. even supposing she had now not heard of any Nile tributaries that led into the barren region, at one time the river could have carved a protracted channel in the course of the rock. Distance from the Temple of Seth was once virtually nearly as good as an go out. She picked her method around the river’s rock-strewn shore. within the rubble, previous tires lay piled among pop bottles and bits of wood forums. She accrued the wooden. The river led to a rock face and handed right into a tunnel with a number of toes of air among the ceiling and water. As she explored the lips of the cave, water eddied approximately her thighs. With a grunt of delight, she hugged the financial institution and solid upriver to Faris and Tara. In her fingers she carried a stack of brief forums. “I’m going to make Faris a raft,” she defined. Tara’s face crumpled. “The river is slower right here, mom. We can’t hold Faris, yet we will waft him. ” Faris had already fallen into unconsciousness. Sam started working threading the planks with tangles of fishing line and strips of fabric from her gown. whilst she complete, she sat bare yet for a crude loincloth formed from the remaining. Her arms bled from manipulating the fishing line. She dragged the misshapen craft, heavy with sodden wooden, into the water, the place it sank. Sam knelt within the river. yet then she recalled the plastic pop bottles and different vessels among the refuse. She amassed them and strapped the bins to the raft’s backside. eventually, the junk floated. Tara held the raft whereas Sam carried Faris to his muddle, his fingers clasped approximately her neck. He shuddered as he eased below the cool floor. every one with an arm at the raft for stability and Faris among them, Sam and Tara exited the chamber throughout the river mouth. The black water concealed rocks that scraped shins and bruised knees. Tara eventually flopped into the water and floated beside the raft. After Sam cracked her knee opposed to a number of extra boulders, she did an identical. jointly they drifted. Threading clefts, passing below low cabinets and majestic vaults, they wound with ears submerged, silent. Sam wallowed within the drugged sensation of flow. The river grew shallower and its stream weaker, till their toes flooring opposed to the pebbled backside. whilst she raised her head from the water, she jerked to cognizance. the pointy yips of hounds echoed at nighttime atria of the labyrinth’s center. “Sam? ” her mom requested from contrary the raft. “Shh,” Sam suggested. Her hands enveloped a wide stone. She lifted it and ready to strike. forward, the circulation break up into , the water quantity diminishing to a trickle.

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