The Bards of Bone Plain by Patricia A. McKillip

The Bards of Bone Plain

Patricia A. McKillip

329 pages first pub 2010 (editions)

fiction fantasy adventurous mysterious slow-paced


Scholar Phelan Cle is researching Bone Plain-which has been studied for the last 500 years, though no one has been able to locate it as a real place. Archaeologist Jonah Cle, Phelan's father, is also hunting through time, piecing history together ...

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Community Reviews Summary of 97 reviews


mysterious 100%
challenging 33%
emotional 33%
lighthearted 33%
reflective 33%
adventurous 16%
hopeful 16%
inspiring 16%
relaxing 16%
sad 16%


medium 66%
slow 33%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 80% | Plot: 20%

Strong character development?

Yes: 75% | No: 25%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 100%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 80% | Yes: 20%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 60% | It's complicated: 40%

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