Priest of Bones (War for the Rose Throne #1) by Peter McLean

Priest of Bones (War for the Rose Throne #1)

It's a dangerous thing, to choose the lesser of two evils.The war is over, and army priest Tomas Piety finally heads home with Lieutenant Bloody Anne at his side. When he arrives in the Stink, Tomas finds that his empire of crime has been stolen from him while at war. With his gang of Pious Men, Tomas will do whatever it takes to reclaim his businesses. But when he finds himself dragged into a web of political intrigue once again, and is forced t...

Details Priest of Bones (War for the Rose Throne #1)

TitlePriest of Bones (War for the Rose Throne #1)
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherAce Books
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Adult

Reviews Priest of Bones (War for the Rose Throne #1)

  • Emily May
    Priest of Bones has been on my radar ever since I attended a book talk at SDCC 2018. It sounded so good - a heavy dose of grimdark with all the usual nastiness and morally-grey characters. But I could not connect with a single character or event in this book no matter what I did.I'm sure the right sort of reader will eat this up and add it to their favourites list. It does seem to be garnering a lot of positive attention. But, honestly, Tomas Pie...
  • James Tivendale
    I received an advance reading copy of Priest of Bones in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Peter McLean and Ace for the opportunity. The crime boss, soldier, and priest Tomas Piety has spent the last three years fighting a war he was conscripted into. Although victorious, it all seems hollow with the death, destruction, plague, and famine that has ravished the land. We join Tomas and his crew of trusted mercenaries as they are ...
  • Mark Lawrence
    Priest of Bones is a very more-ish book, very readable. The prose is solid, the single first person character who delivers the story has a strong voice. It’s a very satisfying book to read, the plot never gets away from itself.Basically Priest of Bones is a story of organised crime with shades of the Godfather here and there. Our protagonist returns from a horrific war with old friends, family, and new friends formally under his command. I say ...
  • Emma
    The war at Abingon is over, but the scars remain. Thomas Piety and his small band of war brutalised ex-soldiers have no more use to the Crown now the conflict has been won- they have been set adrift, one group among many let loose in a land already devastated by famine and plague. However, these may just be luckier than most, for Thomas Piety, leader of the feared Pious Men, had certain criminal interests before the war, and once again there’s ...
  • megs_bookrack
    Priest of Bones by Peter McLean is the start to a new adult grimdark fantasy series. Gritty, violent and highly addictive this book kept me glued to the pages until the very end. The story begins with our badass MC, Tomas Piety, returning to his hometown after fighting in a long, brutal war. He brings with him a hodgepodge group of men, including his righthand 'man' Bloody Anne, and the mysterious child, Billy the Boy. Not far behind comes his yo...
  • Petros Triantafyllou
    Absolutely sensational - What Low Fantasy should be.Tomas Piety returns from war to see everything he has worked so hard for in his life taken from him. While he was fighting for his country and his Queen, foreigners invaded his city and took all of his businesses and therefore his throne as one of the city's most powerful crime lords. But while he once used to lead gangsters, he now leads soldiers, forged and hardened in the fires of Abington. S...
  • Dianne
    It’s grim, it’s dark, and it had me from page one! Adult fantasy with a charismatic anti-hero with-a-heart, PRIEST OF BONES by Peter McLean is an action-packed tale of a crime lord taking back his town, one villain at a time.Meet bad guys with a heart, a keen sense of loyalty and a very unique sense of justice as Tomas Piety and his gang finally head home when the war is over. All is not well in the streets he once “owned” and he is deter...
  • Anton
    👏 absolutely fantastic! Can’t wait for the book 2. Will follow up with more notes asap. This is a gorgeous new entry into low-magic grimdark genre!5 ⭐ all the way 👏 absolutely fantastic! Can’t wait for the book 2. Will follow up with more notes asap. This is a gorgeous new entry into low-magic grimdark genre!5 ⭐️ all the way
  • The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
    4.5 stars.As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...After three years away, fighting a war in Abingon for Queen and country Tomas Piety returns home to the city of Ellinburg.Before the war conscripted everyone of an age to fight Tomas with his brother Johan were ‘The Pious Men‘ and led by Tomas they were one of the gangs that ruled Ellinburg. Each gang has a specific are...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum, my thoughts are complicated for this one. Priest of Bones by Peter McLean is garnering all kinds of praise and I’m happy it’s getting the attention it deserves, but I’m just not feeling as enthusiastic about it as I ought to be. It’s as if on some level, I know I should like this—everything about the story screams “me” and the premise sounds exactly like ...
  • Nick T. Borrelli
    Click here for my full review: priest Tomas Piety has come home after three years of fighting in a war that he didn't sign up for. Before being shipped off to the bloody battlefield, Tomas was a very important man in the city of Ellinburg. Some might say he was the only man that really mattered. He is the de facto leader of a powerful crime syndicate that once controlled every aspect of Ellinburg societ...
  • Dave
    Priest of Bones is a fantasy novel, a beginning of a new fantasy series, that is a cross between Conan the Barbarian's world, Nicolo Machiavelli, and the Godfather. It involves battle-hardened men (and women- there is no forgetting Bloody Anne) returning home to what is left of the city back home. Tormented by battlefield nightmares and wounds that will never heal, the Pious Men have returned to reclaim their part of the city- the part they taxed...
  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
    Sometimes, you read a synopsis, and it’s like you just can’t get your hands on that book fast enough, right? That was Priest of Bones for me. I initially heard it marketed as “Peaky Blinders with swords”, and given how badly I’ve been meaning to find the time to watch Peaky Blinders, that felt like a sign that I should snatch this one right up! Antiheroes, gangsters, crime lords, and a general moral greyness on top of it all? It should...
  • Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
    Damn that was one hell of a story! It is, without a doubt, my most favorite book of 2018.McLean wrote you got to have "the right man, for the right job, always" well McLean was the right man to write The Pious Men's story! He fucking nailed it!*I received this ARC from First to Read in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
  • Marielle
    What a wonderfully fun book to read! It reminded me in many ways of The Burned Man books, Drake and Thomas have some similarities.Thomas and Bloody Anne are amazing characters. Thomas is quite the crimeboss, Godfather-style but has his heart in the right place.In other reviews I read about comparisons to Peaky Blinders and The Godfather and I totally get that! Loved it and will definitly read Priest Of Lies!
  • Mihir
    Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Priest Of Bones is Peter McLean’s fantasy debut and one that will certainly mark his name in the annals of grimdark fantasy. Priest Of Bones is a book that focuses on Tomas Piety and his soldiers who wish to return to their home town of Ellingburg from a war that even though their nation has won, it was a pyrrhic victory through and through. The story begins with Tomas and his men who f...
  • Adah Udechukwu
    Priest of Bones was spectacular. There was no dull moment.
  • Bob Milne
    Wow. Apparently, it's been over a year since I last did a catch-up post, and almost eight months since my last DNF review. I'm not sure if that's more a reflection of what's been landing on my shelf, or simply me being more selective on what I choose to read, but it's encouraging.First up is Priest of Bones, the low, grimdark fantasy from Peter McLean that everybody seems to be raving about, and which is being favorably compared to the likes of T...
  • Anna Spark
    What can I say? Superb. And that most over-used, often entirely inaccurate, term, 'fresh'. This is epic fantasy as historical fiction. It could be historical fiction - the language and the setting are convincingly Tudor; issues such as magic arise very naturally, part of these characters' world-view; there's an interiority, a convincing sense of real people in a real, messy world, that's rare in fantasy. And the language is superb, also - a stron...
  • Lukasz
    Sixty-five thousand battle-shocked, trained killers came home to no jobs, no food, and the plague. What the fuck did Her Majesty think was going to happen?Can you guess? If you have any doubts, McLean will give you a violent and profane answer on pages of Priest of Bones. After being away at war for many years, Tomas Piety, a nefarious crime lord turned priest, comes back to his native city, Ellinburg. Someone has taken over his illegal business...
  • Richard Nell
    Overall 8.2/10A stylish, rather unique book that felt like the literary version of an action/mobster flick. The protagonist is likable, we're brought into the story deftly, you don't need to do a lot of thinking, and it's not hard to get involved and stay involved. Easy recommend for pretty much any fantasy fan looking for something on the 'light' side of darker fantasy.Setting/World-buildingA sort of lowish magic, industrial-revolution era setti...
  • Kaleena ★ Reader Voracious
    "Ellinburg is corrupt to the core," she said. "From Governor Hauer on down, the city all but stands on the shoulders of its underworld." Priest of Bones is the first installment of the new grimdark fantasy series War for the Rose Throne. If you are like me and love morally grey characters and anti-heroes, then you will love Priest of Bones!Tomas Piety is an army priest who prior to being conscripted to fight in the war was the boss of the Pious ...
  • Veronica
    3.75 starsThis is what happens, I thought, when you cross me.Tomas Piety once ran a gang, known as the Pious Men, out of the streets of Ellinburg, an industrial town, along with his younger, more volatile brother, Jochan. Conscripted into the army, both brothers went off to fight in the Queen's war. Now, three years later, they've returned to their old neighborhood to find that their business interests have been usurped. It's not a simple case of...
  • Paul
    Being a soldier in a war is going to leave a mark on anyone. Tomas Piety has returned home a changed man. He has had his fill of blood and violence. The only problem is the city where he lives is corrupt to the core. Ellinburgh, Old Reekie to the locals, is run by gangs and before he left for the war, Tomas was one of the biggest bosses. His gang, the Pious Men, controlled an area called The Stink with ruthless efficiency. Now, Tomas and his men ...
  • Cameron Johnston
    What a tremendous book! Fast paced, great and flawed characters, dark and dangerous and very more-ish. I also greatly appreciate a book 1 of a series that works as a standalone novel with a self-contained satisfying ending.I like big and sprawling adventuresome fantasy as much as the next guy, but sometimes it's refreshing to read something on a smaller scale, taking place on the mean streets of a single city. It's more personal. It's like Lies o...
  • Anna Stephens
    I received an ARC of Priest of Bones in return for an honest review. What can I say? The politics of The Godfather meets the grit of Gangs of New York, Priest of Bones is a dark, dirty, foul-mouthed triumph of grimdark gangster heist novels. If Locke Lamora (Scott Lynch) had a bigger, uglier, more violent brother, his name would be Tomas Piety. Tomas Piety is our first-person narrator, and he does a really good job of both justifying his crimes a...
  • Kristen
    Full review is here, on my blog!~Wow this book was really engaging and hard to put down!This is the story (mostly) of Tomas Piety, who is the leader of the Pious Men, a sort of crime syndicate or gang. He, his brother and their men were conscripted into a war three years earlier and now that the war is over, and won, they’ve come back to their city to find that all their businesses are gone, the brothel is burned down, the prized racehorse kill...