*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Netgalley arc Fire and Bone – Book 1 of the Otherborn series by Rachel A. Marks


I liked the sound of the premise…

“Gossip Girl meets Percy Jackson in the glitz and grit of L.A….”
In Hollywood’s underworld of demigods, druids, and ancient bonds, one girl has a dangerous future.

Sage is eighteen, down on her luck, and struggling to survive on the streets of Los Angeles. Everything changes the night she’s invited to a party—one that turns out to be a trap. Thrust into a magical world hidden within the City of Angels, Sage discovers that she’s the daughter of a Celtic goddess, with powers that are only in their infancy. Now that she is of age, she’s asked to pledge her service to one of the five deities, all keen on winning her favor by any means possible. She has to admit that she’s tempted—especially when this new life comes with spells, Hollywood glam, and a bodyguard with secrets of his own. Not to mention a prince whose proposal could boost her rank in the Otherworld.

I haven’t seen Gossip Girl but have read snippets of the Percy Jackson series and have thoroughly enjoyed the world, so this one intrigued me. However, it wasn’t quite what I had envisaged. For starters, the romance features more than I had expected from reading the blurb – and as the story wore on, I realised there was the dreaded love triangle. I am not a fan of this dynamic, but I will say that Marks manages to make it seem a lot less sleazy than is often the case, as the extra character’s involvement is far more to do with what happened in the distant past.

It did take me a while to fully bond with Sage as she is continually plagued with visions and dreams which have the effect of swamping her rather chippy character, after she works through the clueless phase when she is struggling to work out exactly what is happening to her. There is a dark, tragic underbelly to this story that the blurb hasn’t highlighted and it isn’t our hapless protagonist navigating the social shark-tank of demi-god high society that I had envisaged – but the desperate story of a maddened Celtic queen who slays her king that eventually snagged me.

Given I was expecting something quite different – was what I got sufficiently engrossing to hook me anyway? Oh yes. There are some surprising plot twists in this story, particularly towards the end where the pace picks up and the stakes become a lot higher which had me reading into the early hours to discover what happened.

Be warned though – while a couple of the story elements are sorted out, this book ends on an almighty cliff-hanger. I’m hoping, therefore, that the second book is due to be released without too much delay as I would really like to know what happens next to Sage.

19 responses »

  1. Nice review! I also enjoyed this quite a bit. I hope to get my review up tomorrow. I loved the blending of old and new, the contemporary teen story with the old mythological parts.

    • Thank you, Tammy:). I really enjoyed it – but did feel that the blurb was a bit misleading. Fortunately, judging by the star ratings on Goodreads, it doesn’t appear to have hurt the book, which is a relief. I certainly want to read the sequel!

  2. I’ve seen this book around a bit and I was curious to hear your thoughts about this one. I thought from the cover this would be more of an urban fantasy read with not as much romance. Definitely good to know that before going in. I am not a fan of love triangles, but they can be done well at times. It does sound like the author handles it well here. I am glad you did enjoy the book even if it was so different from what you expected. It does sound like a good one with some unique touches as I haven’t read many books with Celtic elements. i might check this out eventually. Great review!

    • Thank you, Lola:). Yes – I was a bit suprised at just how different this book was from the blurb and wanted to ensure that readers were aware of the disconnect. That said, it’s a really entertaining read:)

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  4. I’m glad this still turned out to be a solid read even though it sounds like the synopsis was a bit misleading. Sage sounds like a character that would really grow on me too. Thanks for the head’s up on the cliffhanger. I think if I read it, I may wait until just before the second book comes out so I don’t have to wait too long. Great review!

    • Yes, I was more than a bit taken aback – it was the Gossip Girl bit that really threw me… However, as I also enjoy out of control demi-gods with a bloody past, it wasn’t a dealbreaker:)

  5. It seems that the book has some good and interesting elements in it, but at the same time, you highlight the issues that make cautious about it. I think I’ll hold off for now. Maybe I’ll change my mind when you happen to read book 2 (if you plan on continuing the series), and I read your review. 😉

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