Heaven's Bones: A Novel of the Mists
by Samantha Henderson
Review by Gayle Surrette
Wizards of the Coast Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780786951116
Date: 02 September 2008 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Heaven's Bones by Samantha Henderson is a strange tale of angels, guilt, revenge, suffering, and redemption. It's a story told by Seriah, a recording angel, who has lived in the London Underground for years listening to the stories and people and the world changing around her. The story stretches over time and space to tell of a brother and sister who both had power but chose to use it in different ways.
I found myself a bit confused at first, Seriah starts to tell us her story. But, before long there are several stories in different time periods. First, there's the Riverbend, after the fire. Riverbend is in the Southern US during the march of Sherman. Then we have the tale of Dr. Sebastian Robarts, a surgeon who lost his wife in childbirth and is now determined to remake women to be perfect angels. Next we have the story of Tibor and his sister Jaelle. They both have power over the mists and while Jaelle is content to let events happen, Tibor wants to control all the power. Finally, we have the story of Artemis Donovan a policeman in London.
These core stories weave in and out of the narrative going forward and backward in time. The mist pulls all the threads together and the characters drift through the mist, stepping out to walk to one place and ending up in another. As the story threads progress more characters get involved -- fleshing out the plot and adding texture.
At the beginning it seems all so random but, as you read, it begins to come together and you can see where these story lines intersect and pull together to form a greater whole than the parts would indicate.
Not for people who like straight-forward narratives. But if you enjoy the experience of discovering the story as you read, pulling the various threads and making connections, then you'll like this book. Samantha Henderson has succeeded ably with a difficult multi-threaded story.