Priest of Bones Review

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Ebook, 352 Pages
Adult/ Dark Fantasy
By: Peter McLean
Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

โ€œOne thing I have noticed in life is that the men who speak the most of honor are usually those who have the least of it.โ€

I have seen a lot of rave reviews for this book and it being a dark fantasy book meant that I needed to read it at some point. After finishing the book I felt a bit disappointed and maybe that is because I had high expectations!

The thing that I really enjoyed was the writing, the McLean has a very solid writing and if the writing was not so good, I would have DNFed the book but it was so quotable and well written so I would have felt bad if I didn’t continue it.

โ€œI nodded, understanding. I didnโ€™t know this Stone Father, but a god who had nothing better to worry about than who you might choose to fuck didnโ€™t sound like he was worth much, to my mind.โ€

The story is very character-driven and so this is the determining factor in loving the story or not! I simply was not the biggest fan of Tomas Piety which the story is told from the POV of. I did care about Bloody Anne and Billy the Boy but both were minor characters so they wouldn’t make up for the larger chunk of the story.

I always had a feeling that this story is not for me but I caved upon seeing all the glowing reviews! I was excited for the fantasy elements but the problem is that this book lacked those except for a few pages! I think that part will be expanded upon in the upcoming books but I really thought the story and world-building did not reach their full potential! The plot was not bad but I am just not interested in The Godfather kind of stories! The ending was good though.

Summary: I think this is a good book that is just not for me, take this review with a grain of salt, specially if you like things like the Godfather and Peaky Blinders! The writing was very good and the story was not bad at all! I just prefer my fantasy books to be a little different! I don’t know if I will continue the story so I am putting it on hold for now!


  1. I struggled with the main character’s “catch phrase” of “to my mind.” I don’t know why but it was incredibly annoying to me and pulled me out of the story. Just felt it was excessive. That, and how similar it was to Peaky Blinders (Brothers that are morally gray and sometimes downright bad, one the leader and the other a bit crazy, both scarred from war, coming back and building a criminal empire).

    I really enjoyed the story and I liked Bloody Anne, as well as some of the other side characters, a lot and I do plan on continuing the series with Priest of Lies at some point.

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