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Bone Gods by Caitlin Kittredge

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Cover art: Bone Gods Reviewer: Jillean Wallace
Title: Bone Gods - 3rd in the Black London series
Author: Caitlin Kittredge
Publisher: St. Martin's
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-38820-1
Release Date: December 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal Romance
Year/Setting: Present day London, England
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Caitlin's Website/Blog: www.caitlinkittredge.com


Pete Caldecott is an ex-DI (part of the London Metropolitan Police force) whoís had a rough life. Her mother left when she was a young girl which left a lasting mark on Peteís outlook on life and love. Pete worked her way up the ranks in the police force and found herself as one of the best in the DI department. There was only one problem; Pete is able to sense magic and has abilities herself. She acts as a sort of conduit for people with strong magical abilities. She is able to siphon off some of their powers and use it for her own. Everybody in the department thought she had lost her mind (and still does) when Pete decided to quit. Now Pete is being called in on a strange case by her ex-partner Ollie. An assistant curator at the British Museum has turned up dead and was left in the Egyptian exhibit. The odd thing about his death is the magical symbols that seemed to have been carved into the manís body. Pete can also feel the magical residue in the air of some sort of ritual and Pete has never felt anything of this magnitude before.

Pete decides to look up some old friends to help her with the curatorís death and finds herself in the middle of group of necromancers (people who raise the dead for nefarious purposes) who are trying to unleash chaos upon the world. Pete is clearly in over her head but the one person who could help her is lost to her. Her one-time lover Jack was a sorcerer who had his soul taken by one of the guardians of Hell six months ago. Pete has felt the loss ever since and is desperate to have him back.

As the mystery behind the curatorís death starts unraveling, Pete is getting deeper and deeper into supernatural war. Pete will have to make life altering choices if she is to save London and the world as we know it from becoming an utter wasteland.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I have always been a fan of darker, edgier books and Bone Gods is certainly no exception. As you know I love strong female characters and how they overcome the odds stacked against them to save the world from utter doom. Pete (short for Petunia, can you guess why she shortened it ) is very similar to Linda Hamilton from the Terminator series. She is a butt-kicking, name-taking kind of woman who is faced with the world as we know it coming to an end and still manages beat the odds. I was reminded of the movie Constantine starring Keanu Reeves while reading this book. The two are very similar in that the mood is dark and the protagonist is not the typical perfect hero. These heroes are not put up on a pedestal. They have real issues and do not take the typical approach in saving the world from destruction. The description of the Bleak Gates entering Hell is very reminiscent of Hell as seen in Constantine. Even though Bone Gods has hit a lull in the action at the end, Iím sure Ms. Kittredge is not done with Peteís adventure and I canít wait to see what happens next.

Jillean

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