The King of Bones and Ashes (Witches of New Orleans, #1) by J.D. Horn

The King of Bones and Ashes (Witches of New Orleans, #1)

From the bestselling author of the Witching Savannah series comes the first book in a fascinating trilogy following the quest of a young witch to uncover her family’s terrifying secret history…Magic is seeping out of the world, leaving the witches who’ve relied on it for countless centuries increasingly hopeless. While some see an inevitable end of their era, others are courting madness—willing to sacrifice former allies, friends, and fam...

Details The King of Bones and Ashes (Witches of New Orleans, #1)

TitleThe King of Bones and Ashes (Witches of New Orleans, #1)
Release DateJan 23rd, 2018
GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Witches, Fiction

Reviews The King of Bones and Ashes (Witches of New Orleans, #1)

  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    This review was originally posted on Books of My HeartI received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. This book is what I like to call a slow stroll.  If you are patient, not in any hurry to get where you are going and just want to take in the scenery, then you will probably have the temperament needed to get to your destination.I’m a prett...
  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    5 Reasons To Read The King of Bones and Ashes: Read the full review here on my blog. Reason #1: New Orleans! YES YES YES YES!! I have never been to New Orleans myself, so this book was nothing short of an amazing trip. There's jazz. There's color. There are all the French names. There's tribute to the events of Katrina. There's even voodoo – and not your Hollywood scare, but the actual religion (I hope I'm using the right name!) Not to talk ab...
  • Sara
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is, at its heart, a family drama surrounding a coven of witches in the Deep South. Throw in a dash of magic, the bogeyman and the harvesting of dead witches and you've got yourself a good novel. I enjoyed the three main protagonists, but especially Alice. We first find Alice locked away in an asylum for witches, haunted by the death of her brother by Babau Jean. She's a complex...
  • Bonnie Shores
    I hate to say it, but... This book was a huge disappointment after loving the author's Witching Savannah series. I have read many books that started off slowly and then took their time in order to tell an amazing story. Unfortunately, that is not the case here. I found this book to be boring and confusing and way too long.I didn't feel that any of the characters were developed in any meaningful ways; therefore, I felt no connection to any of them...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    I instantly felt that The Kings of Bones of Ashes was something I wanted to read and I was thrilled when I got the book to read and couldn't wait! And, the book was great. I was thrilled to read a book about witches set in New Orleans (and not a YA) and the premise of a story about witches that are slowly losing their magic felt refreshingly new.The King of Bones and Ashes is the first book in the Witches of New Orleans and the book starts off wi...
  • ❀⊱Rory⊰❀
    2.5 StarsCelestin Marin, patriarch of the Marin family and former head of the powerful Chanticleer Coven has died after being in a coma for eight years. During his long illness his son Nicholas has been head of the coven and now is poised to take over permanently. But all is not well in New Orleans. Magic is dying and the scramble for what power remains pits the witches of the city against one another and some are willing to do anything rather th...
  • Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
      This book had all the ingredients to be a 5-Star read for me. Fabulous setting (New Orleans). Mystery. Feuding families. Witches and magic. The Boogeyman (Babau Jean). Voodoo, etc. And I enjoyed it mostly, but unfortunately, it also had a few issues that kept me from giving it a higher rating. It was a LONG (and slow) book with multiple POVs and a HUGE cast of characters. So many that at times it became confusing and hard to follow. That said...
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Magic is leaving this world, making the witches who've relied on it forever absolutely helpless. Some are willing to accept it, while others are willing to do whatever it takes to stay in power. Alice is using her remaining power to solve the mysterious disappearances of those in occult circles of New Orleans. She knows the feeling as her family put in an asylum and she just recent...
  • Sarah Marie
    The King of Bones and Ashes by J.D. HornFirst in the Witches of New Orleans seriesDNF- 1.5 stars The King of Bones and Ashes is a novel that focuses on three witches within the New Orleans area. I was super interested in the premise behind this one because I'm from Louisiana and I always enjoy seeing authors' takes on this famous city. I really wanted to like this novel. I did, but I just felt so disconnected from it since the beginning. For me t...
  • Malina Skrobosinski
    This is what I would definitely consider a 'slow burn'. There's so much going on in this book for there to be nothing going on at the same time. There were far too many characters in my opinion, and the storyline was very convoluted. This isn't typically the type of novel I would read, usually preferring thrillers, but an occasional story involving the supernatural realm isn't always a bad thing. That said, this wasn't quite the novel I thought i...
  • Kathrin
    I received a free copy via NetGalley. 'The King of Bones and Ashes' is an urban fantasy series set in New Orleans. The story begins back in 2005 when Katrina devastated the town and the local witches try to prevent the worst. Unfortunately, almost everyone involved can tell that the magic is slowly dying away and that they are not strong enough anymore. And then there's Babau Jean, a boogeyman hunting young Alice. Fast forward a couple of years, ...
  • Jeri
    This book was just okay for me. Not a series I will continue with I don't believe. It took a lot to try to keep things straight as to what was going on, who was who and what the heck was happening! But I THINK I may have it straight now that I finished the darn thing. Still kinda makes me wanna say, "huh?" I won an ecopy of this book from Goodreads First Reads program.
  • Robin
    From the description, this isn't a book I'd normally pick up. I usually go more for high and epic than I do for urban fantasy, but I gave it a chance because the plot sounded interesting. This is a Gothic southern story about a family of witches in/around New Orleans and the mystery of magic seeping from the world. Horn gives us a fairly authentic vision of New Orleans amidst the plot and characters that stay with you long after the book is compl...
  • Grace
    Sooooo good! From the characters to the setting, this book is fabulous.Be advised: This is basically about a family of witches and its dramas while magic is fleeing the world. But it's still so good, and I don't even like family drama type books! The beginning is incredibly slow, because of scene setting and character introductions, and there are a lot of characters. Not everyone plays an important role, but everything happens for a reason. And i...
  • K.A. Wiggins
    Disclaimer: reviewing uncorrected digital proof via NetGalleyI'm not quite sure how to categorize this. There are pretty strong contemporary fiction leanings, what with the complicated, extraordinarily messy and interwoven multi-generational family dynamics. There's the paranormal/fantasy content, with witches, shapeshifters, and monsters lurking around the edges. Things skew from drama to thriller and right on into the realm of horror as the sto...
  • Hybrid Creature (devours books instead of brains)
    I received this copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.You can also find this review at my blog: Cupcakes and Machetes First off, I would really like to thank the author and publishing company for accepting my ARC request despite having zero street cred on Netgalley. I tip my invisible top hat to thee.The story surrounds three witches from different walks of life, watching as witches disappear and the elders fight...
  • Taylor
    I received an arc from netgalley in exchange for an honest review!I'm not sure what to think if this book. I am a fan of gothic horror books, but this seemed a but weird to me. The story was disjointed and at times it seemed that even the main character was as confused as me. People who like American horror story would like this book!
  • Sarah (Workaday Reads)
    I read the first 60 pages, and then gave up. The story jumped timelines and viewpoints a few times and was hard to follow. It felt disjointed, and this far in, I still don't see what direction the story is going in. It felt like too much work to continue trying to read it.
  • raquel
    This book is, in short, a mix of urban fantasy and gothic horror stories set in today New Orleans, with witches, vanishing magic, voodoo and the bogeyman + the most current family dramas. An entertaining beginning of a trilogy that I think witch’s lovers will enjoy.Although I quite enjoy the three main characters (and consequent POVs) of the book, and especially Evangeline, there were times when I was completely lost due to the adding of new PO...
  • Elena
    This review can also be found on my blog!The King of Bones and Ashes by J.D. Horn is a contemporary fantasy novel with modern-day witches living in New Orleans. It's power-hungry relatives and family feuds, it's dark corners of the French Quarter and monsters that should not see the light of day. The King of Bones and Ashes will fill your heart with magic and your brain with doubt and suspicion.If you know me at all you know that I absolutely ado...
  • Camilla (ReaderintheAttic)
    The King of Bones and Ashes is that type of book that I rarely read but I still enjoy a lot. Also, it came in my hands while still in a period in which everything related to witches, occult and magic suits me in a magnificent way. Another thing is that there’re never enough book with witches written in a way that can really satisfy me.The novel did and half and half, with something I liked and something I don’t. Plus some little details that ...
  • Anne Monteith
    I enjoy urban fantasy and southern gothic books.  I liked the first books of the authors Savannah Witches and series until he went too weird and was hoping that I would find that this was like the beginning of that series or maybe somewhat like Rice's Mayfair Witches series, but I was disappointed.  We start the book knowing that the witches are losing their power, yet despite that the coven has joined together to try and diver Katrina from to...
  • Eddie Generous
    Unnerving Magazine ReviewWitches aren’t a go-to for me. They’re not something that seems to cross my radar as often as the other supernatural tropes, or perhaps it’s that my horror-experience has honed me away from them in such a way that I overlook them. No matter what’s the truth behind it, reading J.D. Horn’s latest novel, The King of Bones and Ashes, was something I couldn’t be totally prepared for.Sure, there are assumptions ther...
  • Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
    One of my favorite parts of J.D. Horn's Witching Savannah series was the beautifully written setting. In The King of Bones and Ashes, the first book in his new series, Horn bring the same magic to New Orleans as he did to Savannah. Lush and atmospheric, this story is an intriguing mix of urban fantasy and contemporary fiction that will keep you intrigued until the last page.The King of Bones and Ashes is ultimately about family. Although magic i...
  • Ami
    3.5 Stars. I have an extremely bad habit of pre-ordering something and then promptly forgetting about it (and usually getting myself in trouble). Ergo, I'm almost always surprised when an item arrives in the mail (or at least now when I got the shipment text). Such was the case with this and It arrived just in time to leave with me on a mini vacation. Serendipitously just after I had finished reading Horn's Witching Savannah series. I had come ac...
  • Patricia
              Welcome to New Orleans, the city steeped in voodoo and witchcraft . Where the Marin family is a magical family . Alice Marin is the youngest and has been locked away in an asylum . For years she is locked away in her own cage and when she is released she is out to find out what is going on with the magic that is leaking into the world . But as she tries to figure it out , she might be in over her head and finding out her family mi...
  • Jenny Lee
    I received an eArc version of this book to read and provide an honest review from NetGalley. I am giving this book 3.5 stars, a very close 4 stars for 3 reasons. 1 - There are far too many characters thrown at you pretty quickly. 2 - Due to the large amount of characters the story is very slow to build up ( But kudos for the ability to fill you in ( mind you, slowly ) with all the background you need to tie the book up into a neat little bow at t...
  • Vishaka Rajan
    I never realized how much I love urban fantasy until recently, but it is quickly becoming one of my favourite genres to read. And this book is such a fantastic addition to the genre.One of the things I loved about the story was the pacing. This was not a very fast-paced story, but the slower pace worked very well because it allowed for the development of the darker elements. And the dark aspects of the story were worth waiting for! I knew this st...