March 19, 2021

All the Murmuring Bones

All the Murmuring Bones

By AG Slatter

Published March 9, 2021

By Titan Books

Rating: 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Fantasy

Description from the publisher: Long ago Miren O’Malley’s family prospered due to a deal struck with the Mer: safety for their ships in return for a child of each generation. But for many years the family have been unable to keep their side of the bargain and have fallen into decline. Miren’s grandmother is determined to restore their glory, even at the price of Miren’s freedom.

A spellbinding tale of dark family secrets, magic and witches, and creatures of myth and the sea; of strong women and the men who seek to control them.

My thoughts about All the Murmuring Bones

While lots of things happen, this isn’t a fast-action fantasy. Revelations and slow horrified realizations are what make up the story. In trying to escape her fate, Miren discovers truths to debunk the lies she’s been told her entire life. Those truths lead her on a dangerous journey of discovery.

Miren discovers truths about her birth, her family and its bargains, and her own abilities. Adding to her discoveries are family fairy tales- dark and disturbing stories of the supernatural that hint at the truths of her family’s activities.

Miren is strong, smart, resourceful and thoroughly unwilling to accept defeat.

The writing is gorgeously Baroque – ornate and polished paired with a Gothic folktale of a story. A shadow drenched, decaying mansion full of long hidden, terrible family secrets like murder, ritual sacrifice and incest, a young girl unwilling to be sold into marriage, witchcraft, the Church, and the terrible magic of sea creatures. All the Murmuring Bones has it all.

Exquisite world-building with a true sense of place and character creation. Even secondary characters are fully realized with their own wants and agendas.

Perfect for fans of Mexican Gothic or Tanith Lee.

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