Aug 032011

Napier’s Bones by Derryl Murphy
Rating: 5/5
Source: Review copy from ChiZine Publications via Netgalley
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website

Dom is a numerate, someone able to see and control numbers and use them as a form of magic. While seeking a mathematical item of immense power that has only been whispered about, it all goes south for Dom, and he finds himself on the run across three countries on two continents, with two unlikely companions in tow and a numerate of unfathomable strength hot on his tail. Along the way are giant creatures of stone and earth, statues come alive, numerical wonders cast over hundreds of years, and the very real possibility that he won’t make it out of this alive. And both of his companions have secrets so deep that even they aren’t aware of them, and one of those secrets could make for a seismic shift in how Dom and all other numerates see and interact with the world. (from Goodreads)

A book where numbers are magic?! It’s the ultimate book for math geeks! This story is so cool (says the accountant-in-training). I couldn’t rewrite the summary because it encompassed everything beautifully. It did leave a few details out. Dom is accompanied by Billy, the adjunct (a ghost that lives inside his mind and can speak and control his body), and Jenna, a fellow numerate who is just learning to control the numbers.

Billy was such an interesting character. I loved the idea of him being an adjunct, living symbiotically within Dom. I didn’t quite understand how adjuncts come to be, but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the story. Dom was a good guy. Looking to do right while keeping safe. He was sweet and helpful with Jenna, who didn’t understand her powers yet.

I can’t fully express how unusual and unique this story is. It was so interesting, I flew through it. I would love to jump back into the world of numerates again. This is definitely a book to check out.

  2 Responses to “Napier’s Bones”

  1. Oh, that does sound interesting. I love heroes with geek tendencies. 🙂 Math doesn't usually get any love in fantasy either!

  2. Hi, Sarah. Thanks for your very kind review. Rumour has it that Derryl might be working on a sequel, so keep your eyes peeled!


    Brett Savory
    Co-Publisher, ChiZine Publications | CZP

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