A Starred Review from Publisher’s Weekly for The Bones of the Old Ones

A Starred Review from Publisher’s Weekly for The Bones of the Old Ones

bones-of-the-old-onesI’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Howard Andrew Jones’s The Bones of the Old Ones, the sequel to my favorite novel from last year, The Desert of Souls.

Publisher’s Weekly isn’t making that wait any easier. In a starred review just last week, the magazine raved:

This rousing sequel to The Desert of Souls offers a mélange of ancient adventure myths populated by convincing, endearing characters… Asim el Abbas and scholar Dabir ibn Khalil rescue alluring and aristocratic Najya binta Alimah from her kidnappers, the Sebitti, seven sinister wizards from the remote past. In Asim and Dabir’s subsequent quest to find and destroy the ancient and powerful bone-weapons also sought by the Sebitti and free Najya from the weapons’ soul-threatening spell, the friends experience one fearful ordeal after another, while brave Asim falls more and more for Najya’s wit, courage, and charms. As intricately woven as the magic carpet of Greek sorceress Lydia, Jones’s tale incorporates real historical personages and settings like Mosul of “haggard beauty” from the early days of Islam, and fills the pages with gallantry and glamour to provide a thrilling spectacle.

You can read the complete review at Publisher’s Weekly‘s website here.

Like I didn’t want this book enough already. Now I know why publishers want us to wait until the month a title is published before we blab about it on the blog. I want this book right now.

We first reported on The Bones of the Old Ones in August. It will be released in hardcover and eBook by Thomas Dunne Books on December 11. If you’ve got an advance proof you’re willing to part with, we should talk.

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John R. Fultz

Beat the drums! Bang the gongs! Let the proclamation go forth unto the masses!


Joe H.

Best (day before my) birthday present ever!


I’m currently reading it and 100 pages in, it’s really what I’d been waiting for since “Desert of Souls”. A trully absorbing Sword & Sorcery book…


I would wish Howard luck with it, but there hardly seems to be any need 🙂

Can’t wait to get my claws on it…

My thanks to you for all of the kind comments! I sincerely hope you enjoy it.

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