Review: 24 Bones – Michael F. Stewart
For as long as she can remember, Samiya has walked in darkness. She has never understood the reason behind her mother’s having given her away at such a young age. All she ever wanted was the woman’s love, to know that she meant something to her, once and for all. Yet that hope died the moment her mother left her in the hands of cult intent on wreaking havoc on the world itself.
Raised to do the cult’s bidding, Samiya has never questioned her destiny. She is evil, after all, a certainty that becomes clear when the Pharoah orders her to partake of a prophecy surrounding Osiris and several of the other gods. While she’s not sure as to whether she can truly fulfill the task she’s been given, she knows she needs to do everything possible in the hopes of surviving to see another day.
As the minutes go by, and the days begin to blend into one another, Samiya soon realizes that she’s neck deep in the heart of a conspiracy she never truly knew existed. Warring factions are determined to get their hands on Osiris’ legacy. One side wants it for the greater good, and the other is intent on cloaking the world in eternal darkness. Unsure as to which side she should be on, she does the only thing she can do – survive.
If she’s to set all wrongs to right, she’ll need to fulfill her destiny. Granted, she’s not exactly sure as to what she really needs to do as time goes by. The rules have changed, something she’s not quite happy with. Never-the-less, she’s intent on doing everything she can to make sure she comes out on top before the darkness tries to claim her, once and for all.
Michael has crafted a tale where it’s complex characters and the situations they find themselves leave you wondering as to whether one or all of them will ever achieve their goals. We have the beautiful Samiya, who is eager to please in the hopes of finally achieving the bounty she’s been promised. Then there’s David who isn’t quite sure as to what he’s supposed to do. Led by his determination, he stumbles upon a world he doesn’t quite understand. Lastly, we have Faris, a loyal companion, touched by the Void, whose only wish is to learn and serve those who’ve given him a bed to sleep in, and food to fill his belly with. Together, the three embark on separate journeys that will ultimately lead them across each other’s path. A journey that may prove to be their undoing in the long run. A truly thought-provoking, it’s definitely one you’ll want to read, time and again.
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Every five hundred years the phoenix dies.
Samiya, born-into-shadow, is soon to battle her born-into-light brother. Abandoned by their parents, neither wishes to play the preordained role of beast and hero. When their loved ones are taken hostage, they are forced to follow the path laid out in myth, culminating in a battle first fought six thousand years ago in ancient Cairo. A mythic clash where one defeats the other and both become gods.
To break free from their fates, Samiya and her brother must unravel a mystery twisted by cults, greed, and magic. But myth is a powerful force and failure to live up to it may not only destroy their lives but the lives of the ones they love most.
When the phoenix dies, the only certainty is flames.
About The Author:
Michael sees writing as a brilliant excuse to tramp across the world, and it has taken him abroad as a leader of Antarctic expeditions, crew of a tug boat on the Baltic Sea, paddling the Zambezi River, climbing in Sumatra, spelunking in Belize and, of course, singing inside the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid while lying in its rose-colored sarcophagus.
Travel and a fascination with reading and religion spawned 24 Bones, which draws from Egyptian myth and is influenced by Jungian and Gnostic themes. Re-released in 2013.
His second novel, a 2011 Epic Award Finalist, is closer to home but a setting no less exotic, the Alberta Tar Sands. A horror about a revenant prehistoric vampire titled THE SAND DRAGON.
In 2012, HURAKAN launched: a Mayan themed thriller which pits the Maya against the MS-13 with a New York family stuck in the middle.
In addition, a full length graphic novel THE TERMINALS is in production and has already been optioned for film and television.
His four YA graphic novels for the Texty Award winning Boldprint series are published by Oxford University Press Canada.
He’s very excited to be publishing the Assured Destruction Series in 2013.
In addition to his writing career, Michael is a four time world champion dragon boat athlete, father of four girls, and husband. He tries very hard to keep life an adventure both on and off the page.
Michael is represented by Talcott Notch.
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