A biker and a cowboy must stop the apocalypse in the first book of the Blood and Bone modern western fantasy series.
His voice was rich, a much loved baritone, as he handed his seven-year-old grandson a gun.
“It’s time we had a talk, you and I. You won’t remember it, but you need to know it, and one day, when it’s time, I’ll call it up in you. You’ll know who you are, and what you’re intended to do. You’ll be a soldier, boy. Sealed to it. Life and limb, blood and bone. Not a soldier like others are, for it’s not the kind of war most people fight on earth. But because we’re not ‘most people,’ you and I, it will be far more important. The fate of the world will hinge upon it.”
Now no longer that wide-eyed child, Gabe is fresh out of prison, a leather-clad biker answering Grandaddy’s peremptory summons to, of all places, a cowboy bar in Northern Arizona. He is about to find out just how different he is from “most people”—and to meet the stranger with whom he will be sealed: life and limb, blood and bone, conscripted to fight an unholy war unlike any other.
For the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.
When he does.
And Gabe, thrown into the unlikely company of a country-music-loving rodeo cowboy from West Texas, an ancient Celtic goddess of war, an African Orisha who sings volcanoes awake, a Chinese goddess of mercy, Nephilim, and Grigori, finds himself fighting a battle he was bred for, but wants no part of.
In this passable urban fantasy series opener, a biker and a cowboy learn that they're "born of heavenly matter," sealed by blood and bone, and charged with battling the forces of hell on behalf of heaven. Now Gabe Harlan and Remi McCue must learn to work together while battling ghosts, demons, monsters and worse. Luckily, they have the Morrigan as their armorer, an African volcano-singing Orisha as their ally, and their angel "Grandaddy" as their advisor. Even so, with all the forces of evil freshly manifest and gunning for them, the job has a steep possibly fatal learning curve. This initial installment is primarily setup and worldbuilding as the two heroes come to terms with their new powers and responsibilities and undergo numerous trials by fire. There's a kitchen sink approach to the cast: "all those ghosties, ghoulies, things that go bump in the night are now very real," and representatives from multiple cultural traditions make appearances. Roberson (Sword-Bound) takes a good-natured approach to the ambitious concept, but the leads feel like amiable strangers, and the narrative lacks tension. This feels like a television pilot: the potential is there, but Roberson hasn't found her groove yet.