Mab Morris is becoming known for the world building in her novels, as well as unique characters and interesting plots. She borrows from mythos and histories from varied parts of our rich world, creating new cultures for her characters to live, love, talk to demi-gods, and die. She is the author of The Red Khémèresh, Fate of the Red Queen, and The Bone Reader.
A first generation American, she grew up in a household that celebrated not the divisiveness, but the multi-cultures of South Africa long before the end of apartheid. Both parents spoke multiple languages, both European and African. They’d eat Indonesian, Dutch, German, and French cuisine against a backdrop of African art and European tapestries. Inspired by our world, book by book, she has been building the multi-culture planet Ihyel—so coining the idea of “culture crafting” as she builds a new planet for readers to explore.
Mab also organizes Wine & Words, held every third Sunday of the month at Accent Cellars (215 Auraria Rd., Dahlonega, GA 30533,
Ph: 706-867-0123). Come meet authors, hear their readings, have some wonderful wine, and mix.
The Bone Reader
Cemirowl is gifted, and cursed. She sees the spirits of the dead, and sees the future in her basket of bones; her sight is cryptic, lacking, and mostly useless. In her tiny village, she is a priestess, but still an object of curiosity and an outcast.
A chance meeting brings one of the king's caballiers to her door for a reading, for nothing more than some entertainment. He is well-entertained indeed by her predictions of his lady loves... and far less so when she foretells a coming death. He leaves, dismissing her. But for all that her power is mysterious and often confusing, it is never, ever wrong.
When Queen Tidyri is murdered, the caballiers return for Cemirowl. She is brought unwillingly into the palace and into a web of intrigue and lies, where King Larthor rages in his grief. He demands that Cemirowl now use her gifts to find the one who killed his beloved wife.
Cemirowl must draw on all her abilities - her powers, no matter how unreliable; her intuition for reading people; her knowledge; and her wits - to discover the murderer, lay the spirits of the dead to rest, and help the living to grieve and find peace. And, perhaps, she will finally find a place where she belongs.
THE BONE READER is a fantastical murder mystery set in the rich world of Ihyel, where the hard-won peace between two kingdoms rests on the shoulders of one determined, compassionate priestess.