A Lair of Bones by Helen Scheuerer
· Publisher: Alchemy
· Release Date: July 15th 2021
· RRP: TBA
A deadly contest. A vaulting ambition. How far will one cyren go to win?
Mighty cyrens have ruled the ancient lair of Saddoriel for centuries. A cavernous fortress, a subterranean labyrinth of tunnels and levels, powered by magic and music…
From the moment she was born, Roh, the daughter of an infamous criminal, has been despised by her own kind. Restricted to the Lower Sector and forced to work as a common bone cleaner, she has always believed she belongs above: where lies adventure… and power.
Opportunity arises in the form of the Queen’s Tournament, a treacherous set of trials that could see the victor crowned ruler of the entire lair. Up against the most cunning, dangerous cyrens in all the realms, does Roh stand a chance?
I received an e-ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.
Every time I read a book by Helen I am immediately transported to another world. Her writing flows so elegantly and immerses you into the rich and intricate worlds she creates.
When Helen first announced a Cyrens (Sirens) novel I was SOLD – I didn’t need to know anything more – to be honest as soon as I see Helen is writing something new, I am sold before I even know anything about it. But Cyrens… Cyrens just lure me in – no pun intended – I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book.
Before I delve into the book itself, I just have to say this cover for this book is pure magic – I absolutely love it and cannot wait to get a physical copy on my shelves! And the title - A Lair of Bones - just give me all four books right now please!
Okay so, the book! We follow the main protagonist Roh on a dangerous journey to rise above the poor rank she was born into and to become something all Cyrens can only dream of… Queen.
Roh is the daughter of a Criminal, making her the lowest of the lowest Cyrens in all of Saddoriel. Meaning even competing in the Queens Tournament for someone of her stature is unheard of – however Roh will not let this opportunity pass her by and thus ensues Roh’s journey in this book.
I really loved Roh, she’s cunning and can’t be trusted, not even by her closest friends – albiet they don’t know this – like any other Cyren in Saddoriel – you can never trust one. However, Roh also has a gentle side to her that she doesn’t let many see, except those she counts as her friends, even then not often in my opinion. There is something about Roh that is under wraps right now and I am dying for Helen to reveal it in book two!
The Queen’s Tournament is definitely something to be amazed at – even reading the novel I had no idea what task would be assigned next or the very first plot twist that Helen dropped on us – HINT – it has to do with Humans – a handsome one at that too. Given Roh’s position in the Cyren world, not many expect her to succeed, the high born are vicious and unkind and it’s an awakening for Roh, whilst she knows what her kind are like, she did not expect what was to come from the high born Cyrens and the low born too… I really enjoyed the way Helen built the Cyren society and the rules that lay within in.
As I mentioned above, Helen has this incredible ability to create these incredible worlds and throughout the book I could see the bone architecture forming in my mind, the decadence of the upper levels, the pull of the ocean, the vibrancy of the coral and the dark and despairing pits of the lower levels and the Prison housing Roh’s mother.
The plot of this book is not slow, it moves at what I can only describe as the perfect pace – it had me so intrigued and flipping pages so quickly that I had to set reading limits so I could go to sleep at a reasonable hour – old age is getting to me!
The trials are set at really great intervals during the novel, every single word written in this book is there for a purpose, it’s not there to fill any space and when you read this book you’ll know exactly what I am talking about.
The ending definitely had me on edge and whilst not a cliff-hanger like some books leave you on this one left me DYING for the next book and I need it in my life now – where is book #2 at ??! hahah. The final chapter honestly has me so excited for the next trial that Roh now finds herself in and with company that is definitely the most surprising of all!
A Lair of Bones is perfect for lovers of Red Queen, Throne of Glass & To Kill A Kingdom.