The Bone Ships (The Tide Child, #1) by R.J. Barker

The Bone Ships (The Tide Child, #1)

A brilliantly imagined saga of honor, glory, and warfare, The Bone Ships is the epic launch of a new fantasy from David Gemmell Award-nominated RJ Barker.Two nations at war. A prize beyond compare.For generations, the Hundred Isles have built their ships from the bones of ancient dragons to fight an endless war.The dragons disappeared, but the battles for supremacy persisted.Now the first dragon in centuries has been spotted in far-off waters, an...

Details The Bone Ships (The Tide Child, #1)

TitleThe Bone Ships (The Tide Child, #1)
Release DateSep 24th, 2019
GenreFantasy, Dragons, Adult, Fiction

Reviews The Bone Ships (The Tide Child, #1)

  • Robin Hobb
    Rats and double rats! Have you ever done a cut-and-paste to move a paragraph? And then come back to discover that said paragraph is missing?See an insertion below, with a few stars to mark it!My usual Caveat: I received a free copy of this book as an Advanced Reading Copy. I have met RJ Barker, and shared several breakfasts with him in a dungeon. This creates a bond of friendship.However, I do not think that affects my review of this book.The Bon...
  • Petrik
    ARC provided by the publisher—Orbit—in exchange for an honest review. 3.5/5 starsHighly imaginative world-building with a large focus on sea voyages and naval warfare. Let me begin by saying that I’m a huge fan of Barker’s debut series: The Wounded Kingdom trilogy. I gave each installment in the trilogy a 4.5 stars rating and ever since I finished King of Assassins, The Bone Ships has been on my list of priority books to read ASAP. This i...
  • John Gwynne
    A big thank-you to Orbit for sending this my way. It's the first book I've read by R.J. Barker - an author I've been meaning to read for ages, as I've heard great things, but we all know what the TBR MOUNTAINS are like, they just keep on growing. I thoroughly enjoyed my first taste of RJ Barker's writing. THE BONE SHIPS is a whole lot of swashbuckling awesomeness, with intelligent, organic world-building and deeply likeable characters. Reminiscen...
  • Nick T. Borrelli
    9/10THE BONE SHIPS is set in a world where vast seas and oceans cover the majority of its mass, hundreds of islands are scattered across it, and huge ships made from the bones of long-dead sea dragons are the primary means of transportation, war, and commerce. We'll get back to that dragon part later, I promise! One particular bone ship, Tide Child, is by default led by the weak and ineffectual Joron Twiner. That is until he is forced out of his ...
  • TS Chan
    ARC provided by the publisher, Orbit, in exchange for an honest review.4.5 stars.Bold and inventive, R.J. Barker sailed through new, uncharted waters with The Bone Ships and emerged with a brilliant tale of seafaring adventure and deeds of derring-do. With The Bone Ships, Barker's sophomore series is quite a departure from the tone and style in his debut The Wounded Kingdom, which I loved, but the most important that remained is his engaging voi...
  • Peter McLean
    I was lucky enough to receive a pre-ARC proof of THE BONE SHIPS by RJ Barker from Orbit books, and it was glorious! Imagine the naval sagas of Patrick O'Brian (the Aubrey–Maturin series, Master and Commander) in a fantasy world with a triumvirate of goddesses, avian wind-mages, and a fully matriarchal society. Imagine it told in the language of the sea, in rolling, rhythmic prose that crashes over you like breakers.Imagine the mythic grandeur o...
  • Eon ♒Windrunner♒
    3.5 StarsAudacious storytelling, with an original, captivating world. After a slow start, I found it increasingly difficult to put this book down and I am on board for more. RJ Barker wrote one of my favourite fantasy series of all time, The Wounded Kingdom trilogy. So, when I heard that he was writing a brand-new series called The Tide Child trilogy, I was excited. And by excited, I mean I might have shouted about it to one or two, or seventy ra...
  • Dave
    The Bone Ships is book one of a new fantasy series. Don’t be thrown about by the concept of a handful of warriors chasing after the world’s last sea dragon. This is not a children’s book. It is a bold, exciting, adventure that is dark, gritty, and ruthless. At first, it may be difficult to enter this world because the prose - the incredible prose - is filled to the brim with terminology that is unfamiliar and customs and history that are of...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum the completion of his Wounded Kingdom trilogy, RJ Barker has shot up to the top of my must-reads authors list and I was so excited when I found out that his next fantasy series will be a maritime adventure set on the high seas featuring bone ships and a dragon hunt!This first novel of the Tide Child trilogy aptly titled The Bone Ship takes us to the Hundred Isles where...
  • The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
    This review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...Joron Twiner, once a fisherman is condemned to crew Tide Child, a black ship, a ship of the dead on which he is made shipwife (captain). He is uncaring, disconsolate, consumed by melancholy, insecure, wretched and drowning in the bottle. He is a useless and unworthy captain for a useless and unworthy crew. A crew of rough convicts and the deck...
  • Athena (OneReadingNurse)
    Thank you so much to Orbit Books via NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review! All opinions are my own! Honestly I just want to start by saying that The Bone Ships is one of the best books I have read all year, and I can't wait to have it in a hard copy with the rest of the trilogy!! I KNOW I will be re-reading this! I was swept away by all 500+ pages and never felt bored, never skimmed, and definitely can't wait for the sequel.*de...
  • Mark
    An excellent sea based sailing ship fantasy, written with a good understanding of the way ships with sails work, with a touch of fantasy worked in to make it fit into a fantasy world. Well worth reading and highly recommended by me to everyone who wants well written fantasy epics. First book by this author I have read, means I have to read his first series now.
  • FanFiAddict
    Rating: ★★★★☆SynopsisA brilliantly imagined saga of honor, glory, and warfare, The Bone Ships is the epic launch of a new fantasy from David Gemmell Award-nominated RJ Barker.Two nations at war. A prize beyond compare.For generations, the Hundred Isles have built their ships from the bones of ancient dragons to fight an endless war.The dragons disappeared, but the battles for supremacy persisted.Now the first dragon in centu Rating: ...
  •  Charlie - A Reading Machine
    For generations, the Hundred Isles have built their ships from the bones of ancient dragons to fight an endless war.Then the dragons disappeared. But the battle for supremacy on the high seas persisted.When the first dragon in centuries is spotted in far-off waters, both sides see a chance to shift the balance of power in their favour. Because whoever catches it will win not only glory, but the war.Joron Twiner was raised a fisherman, but after s...
  • The Captain
    Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .I had been meaning to check out this author's books for quite some time.  Well when I saw this gorgeous cover, I knew the day had come.  Sea dragons mateys!  I was not disappointed.This is a slow burn type of fantasy with a ton of world building.  The plot doesn't really pick up until about the half way mar...
  • The Nerd Book Review
    Alrighty then I am having a hard time saying a full 4. So I’m going to break this down a bit. 4/5 for story first half, 5/5 second half, 5/5 for world building. 2/5 for implementation of said world building. Now I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a sailor. I come from Idaho in the US and I’m a long ways from any large body of water. Barker also creates a ton of sea creatures that don’t have counterparts in our world and he doesn’t use...
  • Wol
    Phenomenal. Some of the most compelling worldbuilding I've seen in ages. Bleak and yet filled with hope. I didn't want to leave!
  • Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.It wouldn’t be too far-fetched to think that some people are born to be leaders. With their charisma and their immutable sense of direction and ambition, they are able to steer any ship in any direction, convincing all of their followers than the mind rules on the body. Others prefer a life free of responsibilities and strive in the art of either listening to order or rotting in a corner. But o...
  • Nigel
    In brief - Richly inventive and an enjoyable read. Very good for those with seafaring tastes I think. My immediate reaction reading this was that it was definitely different! Joron is the Shipwife of the Tide Child, a ship of the dead. It is a bone ship; that is to say it is made mostly from bone. "Lucky" Meas wants to take over the ship and become Shipwife and she does. She has a mission. Whether a somewhat decrepit ship crewed by criminals is l...
  • Bob
    Immediately fascinating with its unorthodox boarding of Joron Twiner and Lucky Meas, only to flounder for a while in seemingly directionless seas, The Bone Ships does find its sea-legs in the second half, sailing into a satisfying conclusion.The first half of this book is, for the most part, character introductions and world-building. RJ Barker throws the reader right into the deepest seas of information and then douses us with words, terms, name...
  • David Stewart
    In an era where almost every new fantasy book is about a band of Dungeons and Dragons style adventurers bounding around a fully-built and populated world, along comes RJ Barker to completely buck this welcome trend and write a fantasy book that is also a high seas adventure in the vein of Patrick O'Brian and Dudley Pope but also about dragons and inexplicably post-apocalyptic in the most intriguing ways. It has a talking parrot, criminals abound,...
  • K B
    4.75 stars rounded up. Where do I even begin? The Bone Ships is, by far, one of the best fantasy books I have read this year. Why? Because it has absolutely everything you could want from the genre!I will outline the book, structure and core ideas (with minimal spoilers!) and then say what I thought!The Bone Ships is inspiringly original and incredibly intricate. RJ Barker has created a world that is dominated by the sea, rich in mythology and ha...
  • Justine
    Originally posted to I Should Read ThatI received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a spoiler-free review.Earlier this summer I read and loved Barker’s debut novel, Age of Assassins, so I was extremely excited to have the chance to read and review his latest book. Not only does The Bone Ships have a stunning cover (and you know I’m a sucker for a good cover), it takes place on huge ships made of sea dragon bones. B...
  • Christine Sandquist (eriophora)
    RJ Barker’s world in The Bone Ships is a rich, vibrant tapestry. The reader is immersed from the start, drowned in the sheer audacity of the writing. Each sentence had a lot of love poured into it, and it comes across clear as a clarion. The prose is dense with strong slice-of-life elements and creates a sense of “otherness” without crossing over into inaccessible. The use of vernacular is masterful, neither too extreme nor too campy, contr...
  • Hiu Gregg
    Why haven't you read this yet?
  • Simi Sunny
    I received an ARC of the first book of The Tide Child series. The storyline intrigued me. This story revolves around Joron and his crew (well, mostly Joron). He was on a black ship, where people committed crimes and were sent to the seas. Everything changed when Lucky Meas came in and took in charge of the vessel, making Joron look like a fool. Although Meas declared he should be second in command, Joron felt ashamed. And it's not just him who wa...
  • Jon Adams
    I guess I can't leave a review until closer to publication date, but daaaamn.Thanks Netgalley.
  • Amanda
    Check out this photo on Instagram You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....The Bone Ships was one of my most anticipated releases of the year. I was lucky enough to get a physical ARC and as soon as it showed up I started reading it. I am an absolute sucker for criminals in fantasy novels, so I was pretty sure that I was going to enjoy this book. The only thing I was worried about is that since it takes place on a...
  • Johnny Graham
    I received this book from NetGalley for review. This book starts with a hard slog, you are thrust into the world of the main protagonist Joron Twiner, he's exiled on a black ship, he's drunk, he's young and his view(and ours) of everything around him is blinkered by his situation and inexperience. You are introduced into this new world with some confusing nautical terms and caste names, stick with it. This slow start is where perhaps the book doe...