When Daniel Blackland was six, he ingested his first bone fragment. When he was twelve, the Hierarch of Southern California killed his magician father…and ate him.
Los Angeles is a tough town. It’s literally about who eats whom.
The Kingdom of Southern California, independent from the United States since the Hierarch drove Federal forces out with fire and magic eighty years ago. Its capital at Los Angeles is a center of entertainment and style...and of magic. Specifically, osteomancy, the practice of eating other creatures—or other people—and gaining their powers thereby.
Now Daniel is ten years older, a petty thief with a forged identity, trying to go straight. But his crime-boss uncle has a heist Daniel can’t refuse: the chance to use his skills, and a team of his old allies, to break into the Ossuary, the Hierarch’s central storehouse of magical power, to retrieve the sword into which Daniel’s father poured Daniel’s essence.
The stakes are high, and the stage is set for a showdown that might just break the magic that protects a long-corrupt regime.
“I both love and am terrified by Greg Van Eekhout’s vision of Los Angeles. I already want to go back.”
“Great story, great characters, and a truly
cool/creepy alternate Los Angeles built on magic, blood,
and bone. This took me to places I didn’t expect. I like books that do that, and you will too.”
New York Times bestselling author of the Dragaera series
“L.A. noir as dark as La Brea tar meets magic
drawn from ancient bones.”
—STEVEN GOULD, author of Jumper
“The story is structured like a caper novel, and fans of stories about heists will enjoy it, but its fantastical elements make it an absolute must for urban fantasy readers too."
—BOOKLIST, starred review
"If you like capers mixed with your political noir, then shot through with dark magic, this book will blow you away.”