The Bone Roots
by Gabriela Houston
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Pub Date 10 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 17 Oct 2023
The Bone Roots is a slavic-folklore inspired fantasy that explores how far a mother will go to protect her child…
It’s been 40 years since the Fox took Kada’s brother. Though she ran and kept herself hidden, she fears it may be stalking her again, this time to steal her daughter.
Every year, Vedma Kada gives thanks to the bone roots – those that belong to the child-bearing tree who gave Kada her desperately-wanted baby, Secha. Kada lives her life in service of the bone roots and the goddess Zemya, but they cannot keep her daughter safe. Not when Secha’s emerging powers, both mysterious and brutish, threaten to out her for who she truly is…
Meanwhile Sladyana, a rich noblewoman, has spent the last fifteen years searching for her missing daughter, Luba. She was snatched from their home by the Fox thief and Sladyana has heard nothing from her since. But the one who gave Sladyana her daughter has come within her grasp once again, and so has the secret of her daughter’s fate.
File Under: Fantasy [ Tree of Life | Mother Issues | Out Foxed | Unravelling Secrets ]
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Average rating from 35 members
A tale of two mothers’ love and grief for their daughters, told through the lense of Slavic folklore.
The Bone Roots feels like the baby of Grimm and Emily Wilde. It reads as a darkly enchanting, and compelling, fairytale.
Whilst the pacing is overall quite slow, there is a tension throughout that comes to a head towards the end. Houston did not shy away from the darker side of the tales often told to children and the creatures and lore in The Bone Roots are fascinating.
This is an expert example of feelings and emotions being shown to the reader rather than told. I truly felt the tide turn as the story was brought to completion. The depth of even the most minor character is a testament to the author’s skill as a writer.