The Bookvent Calendar 2019: Day 20

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#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2019

My day twenty #bookvent selection is one that can only really be described as epic. At 700 p ages it is easily the longest book I read this year, if not the longest in several years, and it marks the culmination of a storyline that has run across several books. I’ve never hidden the fact that I love this series and although I came to it extremely late (eighteen years but who’s counting?) I devoured every book available within a matter of months going from nought to book thirteen in just 11 months. I absolutely loved the lead characters, the blend of investigation and the supernatural or occult, and the colourful and descriptive narrative that the author treated us to. Book seventeen may have been the end of one journey, but it is far from the end of it all. My day twenty bookvent choice is:

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A Book of Bones by John Connolly

The new thrilling instalment of John Connolly’s popular Charlie Parker series.

He is our best hope.

He is our last hope.

On a lonely moor in the northeast of England, the body of a young woman is discovered near the site of a vanished church. In the south, a girl lies buried beneath a Saxon mound. To the southeast, the ruins of a priory hide a human skull.

Each is a sacrifice, a summons.

And something in the shadows has heard the call.

But another is coming: Parker the hunter, the avenger. Parker’s mission takes him from Maine to the deserts of the Mexican border; from the canals of Amsterdam to the streets of London – he will track those who would cast this world into darkness.

Parker fears no evil.

But evil fears him . . .

Available from: Amazon | Kobo | Waterstones | Googleplay | Apple Books
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Okay. First things first., If you have not read at least the preceding six or seven books – DO NOT READ THIS BOOK! This is the end of a long running storyline, one which has been constructed very carefully and which deserves savouring. Everything that happens in this story ties back to something else, something dark and sinister, but something that fans of the series will understand and that people who try to enter the series at this point, or even just the book before, will miss the subtleties of. Right – that said, this book was immense, and I’m not just talking about the number of pages. I love Charlie Parker, love the way John Connolly has developed the character and those of the people who surround him. It is so easy to go on this journey with Parker, Louis and Angel. It simply did not feel like a seven hundred page book, and yet you are left with one hell of a book hangover when you are finished. Everything about the book was just pitched perfectly for me. The sense of threat and foreboding. The way in which Parker is always on the periphery, for the largest part of the first half of the book barely part of the story at all, and still you knew you were reading his story. His destiny. At times everything felt hopeless but John Connolly has a knack for keeping you believing and invested in what is happening. Such a complicated and twisted plot but so perfectly fitting as a way to end the enduring plotline. The atmosphere was perfect, the sense of place outstanding no matter where we travelled. The feeling of a conspiracy and a confrontation which has been centuries in the making … Have I mentioned I love this series. This could easily have been the end, but I am mighty glad it wasn’t. Long live Charlie Parker. Although … maybe the guy deserves a bit of a breather for now. Only so many times a man can battle the forces of evil. He is only (fictitiously) human. I think …

You can read my full review of A Book of Bones, unapologetically positive as it is, right here.

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Happy #bookvent reading all

Jen