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THE MORTAL BONE
by Marjorie M. Liu

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

2012 Urban Fantasy Worldbuilding Award Winner

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The bond between Maxine Kiss and her “boys,” aka the Reaper Kings, is a pivotal component of this fantastic series. The shattering of that bond throws everything into deadly, potentially apocalyptic, chaos. The gut-wrenching emotions and startling revelations make for an absolutely spellbinding tale. Already a master storyteller, Liu elevates her game to a new level with this incredible book.

Demon hunter Maxine Kiss and her new husband, the Lightbringer Grant, have taken young Bryon to Texas to recover, but their hideaway is breached by a demon carrying an ominous gift. For more than 10 thousand years, the women of Maxine’s bloodline have been a living prison for the five little demons bonded with and carried on their bodies as tattoos during daylight. At night Zee and the boys are freed, but still connected to Maxine. Then the connection is deliberately cut and the five demons are freed. For the first time in her life, Maxine is vulnerable, and her beloved boys may be a danger to all. In the bad ole days they were called the Reaper Kings, the devourer of worlds — can Maxine prevent them from unleashing hell? (ACE, Jan., 304 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: ACE

Published: January 2012

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