Last week, Tor Books released an exciting new book from Greg Van Eekhout! “California Bones” is a daring heist story set in an alternate version of L.A. where magic is garnered by consuming the bones of dinosaurs or other magicians.
Eekhout previously authored the fantasy novel “Norse Code.” He is also the author of two middle-grade SF novels, “Kid Vs. Squid” and “The Boy at the End of the World” (a finalist for the Andre Norton Award).
The official plot for “California Bones” is as follows:
When Daniel Blackland was six, he ingested his first bone fragment, a bit of kraken spine plucked out of the sand during a visit with his demanding, brilliant, and powerful magician father, Sebastian. When Daniel was twelve, he watched Sebastian die at the hands of the Hierarch of Southern California, devoured for the heightened magic layered deep within his bones. Now, years later, Daniel is a petty thief with a forged identity. Hiding amid the crowds in Los Angeles—the capital of the Kingdom of Southern California—Daniel is trying to go straight. But his crime-boss uncle has a heist he wants Daniel to perform: break into the Hierarch’s storehouse of magical artifacts and retrieve Sebastian’s sword, an object of untold power. For this dangerous mission, Daniel will need a team he can rely on, so he brings in his closest friends from his years in the criminal world. There’s Moth, who can take a bullet and heal in mere minutes. Jo Alverado, illusionist. The multitalented Cassandra, Daniel’s ex. And, new to them all, the enigmatic, knowledgeable Emma, with her British accent and her own grudge against the powers-that-be. The stakes are high, and the stage is set for a showdown that might just break the magic that protects a long-corrupt regime. Extravagant and yet moving, California Bones is an epic adventure set in a city of canals and secrets and casual brutality–different from the world we know, yet familiar and true.