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Cathedral of Bones



by
A. J. Steiger

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Harper
ISBN
9780062934796
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Language: Mild Language , Violence: Graphic Descriptions
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A richly imaginative dark fantasy from acclaimed author A. J. Steiger, perfect for fans of The Girl Who Drank the Moon and Serafina and the Black Cloak.

Simon Frost lives in a curious place where magic is used by the very best Animists to do wondrous things—like call upon imps, wraiths, and all manner of monsters to right wrongs, deliver justice, and accomplish feats no human could achieve.

Simon Frost is not one of those Animists, though he’s been trying to become one for years.

When a plea arrives from a distant hamlet, preyed upon by an abominable monster, Simon sees the opportunity to finally prove his worth. But upon arriving in the tiny village, Simon finds not just a monster but a key to his past—and a pathway into an unbelievable future.

A stunningly imagined world, page-turning thrills, and a pair of unlikely heroes on an epic quest make this unique and immersive dark fantasy perfect for fans of Holly Black and Kelly Barnhill.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Mild Language , Violence: Graphic Descriptions

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

368

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jun 2021

Book Genres

Magic, Fantasy

Topics

Magic. Monsters. Shapeshifting. Secrets. Fantasy. Friendship.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 5 Up–In this grand, steampunk-infused tale, a boy discovers that he has powerful magic—including the ability to kill a god. Fourteen-year-old Simon underperformed miserably throughout his Animist training and now works in the mail room of Foundation Headquarters in Eidendel, the seat of magic and law (think the Ministry of Magic). Tired of being bullied and feeling useless, he decides to go against orders and help the people of a tiny hamlet far from the city deal with a monster. Except the monster turns out to be Alice, who is part girl and part squid and sometimes all dragon. In order to aid Alice, who remembers nothing of her past, Simon must face his own past, which includes the tragic death of his twin sister, the disappearance of his mother, and debilitating illness and depression. Every step of their quest uncovers more mysteries and lies and unlocks more power in Simon. Strong worldbuilding is matched with breathtaking adventure, a touch of romance, and compelling characters, especially Simon, who undertakes the transformation from boy to man in an amazingly relatable way. Alice, too, shows strength and grace as she deals with the aftermath of terrifying experimentation. All characters present as white. ­VERDICT Thought-provoking and entertaining in equal measure, and here’s hoping this isn’t the last we see of Simon and Alice.–Mara Alpert, Los Angeles P.L.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 5 Up–In this grand, steampunk-infused tale, a boy discovers that he has powerful magic—including the ability to kill a god. Fourteen-year-old Simon underperformed miserably throughout his Animist training and now works in the mail room of Foundation Headquarters in Eidendel, the seat of magic and law (think the Ministry of Magic). Tired of being bullied and feeling useless, he decides to go against orders and help the people of a tiny hamlet far from the city deal with a monster. Except the monster turns out to be Alice, who is part girl and part squid and sometimes all dragon. In order to aid Alice, who remembers nothing of her past, Simon must face his own past, which includes the tragic death of his twin sister, the disappearance of his mother, and debilitating illness and depression. Every step of their quest uncovers more mysteries and lies and unlocks more power in Simon. Strong worldbuilding is matched with breathtaking adventure, a touch of romance, and compelling characters, especially Simon, who undertakes the transformation from boy to man in an amazingly relatable way. Alice, too, shows strength and grace as she deals with the aftermath of terrifying experimentation. All characters present as white. ­VERDICT Thought-provoking and entertaining in equal measure, and here’s hoping this isn’t the last we see of Simon and Alice.–Mara Alpert, Los Angeles P.L.

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