The Bone Queen

The Books of Pellinor 0.5

Reviewed by Melanie on June 13, 2017


I began this book ten days ago. I really hoped I would be able to jump in with two feet and enjoy the story that sounded so excellent. I hate to admit that this is the second did not finish of the year, but I still want to explain why I didn’t finish the book.

The book begins with a letter from the author and explanation on how to pronounce some of the words of names and places. Once the actual book began, I was all ready to put it down for the night. I picked it back up the next day.

I understand needing to build the backstory to explain what is happening with Cadvan, but the descriptions are so wordy that I had to keep going back and re-reading entire paragraphs to see if I missed something. This wordiness made it difficult to move through. After ten days of struggling, I finally made it to 25% of the book and felt like the story hadn’t moved at all.

Perhaps I was not able to get into this book because it is a prequel and I haven’t read the rest of the series, but it isn’t for me. I’m sure for fans of the series it will be awesome to learn a bit more about where the overall story begins. For some one picking up the prequel first, it’s not my cup of tea.

The Bone Queen Book Cover The Bone Queen
The Books of Pellinor 0.5
Alison Croggon
Fantasy, Young Adult, Epic Fantasy
Candlewick Press
June 13, 2017
Kindle eBook

Perfect for readers of Tolkien and Garth Nix, The Bone Queen is the highly anticipated prequel to the original Pellinor sequence, and will delight fans of critically acclaimed author Alison Croggon, as well as newcomers to the world of Pellinor.

Cadvan of Lirigon, one of the most powerful Bards of his time, has been exiled from the School of Lirigon for a grievous crime that unleashed the power of the Bone Queen. Isolated and guilt-ridden, he is burdened by memories of his dealings with the Dark. Meanwhile, across Edil-Amarandh, a number of disturbing events suggest that the Bone Queen may not have been successfully banished, as was previously believed. The Light is under threat, but does Cadvan have the strength to face the Bone Queen again?

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