Fire and Bone by Rachel A. Marks

Fire and Bone (Otherborn #1) by Rachel A. Marks

Goodreads Rating: 4.04 / 5 Stars

My Rating: 3.5 / 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟 1/2

Genre: New Adult, Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Mythology


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 β€” 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 β€” 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.

As loyalties shift, and as the two men vie for her attention, Sage tries to figure out who to trust in a realm she doesn’t understand. One thing’s for sure: the trap she’s in has bigger claws than she thought. And it’s going to take a lot more than magic for this Celtic demigoddess to make it out alive.

My Review

The main character Sage is thrust into a world of mythological beings and fairy tales in this fun urban fantasy.

I’m stuck on my opinion about this one. I enjoyed it. I read into the late hours of the night, but at the same time, I didn’t think it was fantastic. I can only describe it as an addictive story. I just kept reading and I can only theories that it was because of the plot. The concept was not new, but the plot was exciting and had me coming back for more.

There were some funny moments. Most of them born out of extremely awkward encounters. Like Sage angrily saying something about being a virgin just to find a bunch of ‘royals’ standing directly behind her.
I highlighted one quote that I thought was hilarious (no offense):
“You don’t have even the simplest grasp of history or literature. What sort of education did you get?”
“An American one.”

Sage is funny in an awkward “I don’t know what I’m doing” way. When realistic dreams start terrifying her, she realizes there is much more happening around her than she realized. Few people will tell her what is happening and the world around her is confusing. The way the story started had me doing a double-take. Our main character is homeless, waiting for leftover food outside a diner. Sexy right? I knew that there had to be an aspect of romance in it. I mean, what paranormal, urban fantasy have you read with no romance? But I did not expect that beginning.
So when Sage gets a little drunk at a party and weird things start to happen, like she burns a man and an iron collar is put on her, she is pretty confused. The confusion only gets worse in the first few chapters. No one explains anything to her and it frustrated me to no end.
I appreciated Sage’s sassiness. She is stubborn and defiant. However, her character irritated me a lot. Being thrust into a new world is definitely confusing but she is confused and she fights her integration for most of the book and I just wanted to shout at her to get over it.

The other character, Faelan, is a handsome Irish man. He is stoic and stubborn and basically similar to most characters we would expect to find in this kind of book. He has an interesting story and it was fun to put the puzzle pieces of his past together.

Then we have the Dark Prince, Kieran. The character who I would have loved to see so much more of. In my opinion, he is the most interesting out of everyone and he was genuinely the only character I loved. I’m a sucker for the morally grey, broody, ‘she’s mine’, secretly good under all the bad characters. So Kieran was my weak spot. He has a great part to play in the story.

There was one other character that I LOVED. Lailoken is the eccentric, completely crazy, really clever old man who lives in the middle of the forest in a tree. As I said, he is crazy but his crazy is actually just his clever mind working to tell everyone what they need to know. But of course, they don’t listen to wise old crazy man because what would he know?

There was a lot of mythological influence and I really loved that about this story. I think overall the only thing that bought this story down for me were all the characters except Kieran and Lailoken. Which is disappointing since characters are always my favorite part of a story. The plot was brilliantly done, executed well and full of just the right amount of tension. There was a sort of dual narrative as we follow Sage in the present and we see her older sister in the past. Sometimes the past would drag and slow down the pace unnecessarily. However, I did enjoy some of the moments we got to glimpse from the past.

The ending was fantastic. I didn’t love most of the characters but the ending left me wanting to read the sequel simply because it alluded to the fact that we are going to get A LOT more Kieran time in book 2.

Happy Reading !

Gizelle  βœ¨

I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review or rating in any way πŸ™‚

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