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A River of Golden Bones

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A.K. Mulford has recently become one of my go to authors. I absolutely loved The Five Crowns of Okrith series, so I incredibly excited to find out she was coming out with a new series!

I really love the characters that she comes up with. I love how they're always diverse and inclusive, and makes it so you're not reading about the same types of characters in different font. She's always incredible with her world building and A River of Golden Bones was no different. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

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The library bought this because of booktok and thw pretty cover.

However, this book was not good.

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I always love a fairy tale retelling and this Sleeping Beauty retelling did not disappoint. I loved the themes of this book

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"A River of Golden Bones" by A.K. Mulford is a beautifully crafted romantasy that captivated me from start to finish. The character development is exceptional, particularly Calla's journey of self-discovery and acceptance. Mulford's inclusive and diverse representation adds depth and authenticity to the narrative. The world-building is immersive, filled with intriguing magical elements. While the ending felt a bit rushed, it didn't significantly detract from my overall enjoyment. This novel is a compelling start to The Golden Court series and a must-read for fans of fantasy romance.

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"A River of Golden Bones" by A.K. Mulford is a riveting fantasy adventure that transports readers to a world of magic, mystery, and danger. Set in a realm where ancient prophecies and powerful sorcery reign supreme, the story follows protagonist Elena as she embarks on a perilous quest to uncover the truth about her past and unlock her latent powers. Mulford's writing is richly atmospheric, immersing readers in a world teeming with mythical creatures, dark forces, and hidden secrets. The journey down the river of golden bones is fraught with twists and turns, keeping readers on the edge of their seats until the very end. But beyond the thrilling plot and imaginative world-building, "A River of Golden Bones" is also a tale of courage, friendship, and the enduring power of hope in the face of adversity. Mulford's vivid imagery and compelling characters will leave readers eagerly anticipating the next installment in this captivating series.

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An interesting Sleeping Beauty retelling! An evil sorceress, a handsome prince, and found family. It explores themes of non- binary and discovering oneself.

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I admit, I had a lot more fun reading this book than I thought. I even recommended it to a couple patrons and fellow librarians for them to pick up a copy to read. It was a little cliche, but not in a bad way. I enjoyed the ride, the world building and the truly beautiful journey. I have requested the second in the series and am so hopeful I get to continue it!

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I am a fan of anything A.K. Mulford puts out and A River of Golden Bones is no exception!

One of my biggest kkkm aways from this book was Calla's journey inward. As a non-binary author, Mulford does a great job of exploring the themes of discovering oneself when you do quite fit gender or societal norms. Calla discovers a term humans use vs the binary of wolfish custom which I thought was unique. I would've imagined it to be reverse but again, Mulford likes to twist and turn things to make her readers swoon but also think deeply about humanity.

As the first in series, I am interested to see where this story goes. It's got a bit of a twisted take on Sleeping Beauty which I believe is such an under-hyped fairytale story. I am here for more of Calla, Briar, Maez, and others.

My ONLY ick is I am not a huge fan of Grae, Calla's mate. I liked him in the beginning but after all the drama with his dad -- it just left a blah taste in my mouth. Alas, I shall learn to love him since Calla does ;)

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We meet Calla and Briar as they are about to travel to the Golden Court to fulfill Briar's arranged marriage with the intentions to once again claim their lost throne in the Silver Court. Calla is resigned to being her sisters shadow and protector. The wolf shifters are strict in their traditions and beliefs at the expense of themselves and the humans living under their rule. But fate is a fickle mistress and soon Calla is faced with tough decisions about her own fated mate, where her alliances lay, and who she is.

I wasn't sure exactly what I was getting into when I picked up A River of Golden Bones. Set in a new world quite different from A.K. Mulford's Okrith, I was pleasantly surprised at this character driven fantasy. If you are looking for something that falls into more traditional shifter or epic fantasy, this may not be your book. While it has all the elements of epic fantasy, the story is centered around the MC's discovery of who she is and can be, and the "save the world" plot is left a little more in the background.

With sleeping beauty vibes, we get a story full of sorcery, shifters, defiance of societal standards, discussions of societal equity/equality, and self-discovery. I've been following A.K. Mulford as an author for some time and this book feels like it embodies part of their own journey. It felt more personal than the Five Crown's of Okrith series and I loved the discussions around characters. I also loved the juxtaposition we see between three characters whose base goals are the same but who choose wildly different ways of accomplishing those goals.

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thank you to netgalley for the advanced reading copy. I really enjoyed this and will be getting copies for my shop.

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I’m relatively new to the fantasy genre but I LOVED this book. I didn’t think I would but once I started I couldn’t stop. I loved the story and how it wasn’t completely centered around the romance. I loved how the FMC had her own personality and tried to separate it from the MMC

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I loved this book! Calla was a terrific main character and I loved following her self discovery throughout her adventures. All of the supporting characters were stellar and engaging. I loved that they all formed a bond turned to family. The romance was beautiful Sleeping Beauty is a favorite of mine, and this is a retelling but with the main character being the one sleeping’s twin. Add in Werewolves and this was a creative masterpiece!

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A beautiful journey of self-discovery and queer identity, filled with heart-stopping romance and page-turning adventure.

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I do love a werewolf books, definitely ne of my favourites and I was drawn in by the concept of this book and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed at all, the story was really interesting and I loved the characters, I got a bit frustrated at times with their decisions, but I only get frustrated when I like the characters and I’m so looking forward to more

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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This one wasn’t a favorite of theirs. I think it was the being in love with my sister’s man. I don’t like that trope but I wanted to give AK a shot!

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I really like this author's other series, but this was just not it for me unfortunately. it read super juvenile/YA.

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Thank you Netgalley for giving me an arc in exchange of my honest review.

This books was not bad but I was not interested. I'm not sure if it was because I not so long ago read a book with the whole "I'm in love with my sister's fiancé" that influenced my view about this book but I honestly do not enjoy that trope for which ever reason the engagement is.

I did like the idea of fox shifters and the kingdoms and the overall plot.

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I definitely enjoyed this one. I liked the main characters and the story. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I'm a big fan of fairytale retellings.

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I was so happy have this in my hands. This was kinda everything that I was thinking it was going to be but it wasn't quite perfect to me. this was a 3.5 star read for me.

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I loved this book! The world building and character building pulls you in from page one and you just can’t stop reading! This was a world I wish I could just climb into. A world I wish existed around me.

Grab a drink, comfy blanket, snack, a do not disturb sign and this amazing book. Set out on an adventure to save a kingdom. Meet a lot of great characters along the way.

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