TBR Review: Bones of the Fair by Andrea K. Host

bones-of-the-fairBones of the Fair

by Andrea K. Höst
Series: Darest, Book 2
Genre: Fantasy
Published by Andrea K. Höst, 2013
E-book, Purchased
324 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: Darest stands on the verge of a Golden Age. The revival of the Rathen line and a blood price won from the Fair has drawn a flood of visitors eager to snatch their share of changing fortune – or at least one of the fabulous prizes offered at the Spring Festival.

Among those coaxed back to the once-failing kingdom is Gentian Calder, daughter of Shapers. Before she can decide whether to risk her life by staying, news arrives to put all other considerations aside. The Atlaran Ambassador and half the heirs of the western kingdoms have disappeared on Darest’s border.

Gentian agrees to join the Diamond Coeurveur and his apprentice in a rush to join the search. Will they find the missing? A plot against Darest? Or uncover older secrets, buried deep?

“Bones of the Fair” is set in the same world as “Champion of the Rose”. It can be read as a stand alone novel, but it’s recommended that you start with “Champion”.

It occurred to Gentian that some of the people here would have been sent in hopes of making sure they didn’t some back.


…it was all too much for Gentian, who choked into laughter.

“How very pragmatic you are, Lord Magister,” she managed. “You almost reconcile me to being trapped in Darest.” She paused, finding an unexpected core of truth in the words, and spoke unwarily when she added: “I didn’t think anyone could do that.”


Map of Darest (link goes to Ms. Höst's blog)
Map of Darest (link goes to Ms. Höst’s blog)
  • I like this world. The world building is interesting and I hope there will be more books written in this series. Ms. Höst only scratches the surface of the stories which could be written.
  • This could be read as a stand alone as it states above, but you will have more understanding of the book if you read the first book–Champion of the Rose.
  • Told from two points of view–Aspen and Gentian.
  • Aspen and the Diamond Coeurveur are two characters from the first book who are main characters in this book.
  • Aspen plays the fool in both books. One who wants to live life to the fullest and get the most pleasure from life. He doesn’t take it seriously and hides behind that facade. He’s a hard character for me to like or respect during much of the book.
  • The sexuality in the book (mostly discovered through Aspen–his thoughts, words and actions–is interesting. There aren’t many taboos. I like that it isn’t the major focus of the book. It’s just the way this world is and doesn’t require much in the way of comment.
  • Most people overlook Gentian since she’s small, quiet and a “gardener,” but she’s also stubborn, refuses to give up and powerful in an unusual way. She also comes from a famous and quietly important family.
  • Many of the royals in this book are appropriately arrogant.
  • The Fair (Fae) don’t have much interest in humans. We find out a little more about them in this book.


  • I had trouble keeping all the characters straight. So many princes and princesses!
  • I get to know Aspen better in this book, but the Diamond Coeurveur remains a mystery.

And a few thoughts . . .

  •  Ms. Höst’s always seems to write the kind of book I love to read. She really hits the mark with me–even this book which isn’t my favorite of her books.
  • The September challenge was to read a book recommended by someone else. This book wasn’t specifically recommended, but Li @ Me and My Books recommended Andrea K. Höst so I’m saying this book is part of that recommendation!

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

  • Bones of the Fair is my TBR review for the month of August hosted by Wendy @ The Misadventures of Super Librarian. The review for this challenge posts on the third Wednesday each month.
  • Also qualifies as a TBR Pile Reading Challenge book.

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

4 thoughts on “TBR Review: Bones of the Fair by Andrea K. Host”

  1. I love high fantasy that includes the fae! Are they around in Champion of the Rose as well? I won’t lie, I’m a total sucker for a fun quest. From what I’ve heard you say about her, it seems like Andrea K. Höst’s books are right up my alley. And we have a few of them at my library! 🙂


    1. The Fae are a presence in the Champion of the Rose–more part of the background, but an important part. I really do like her books!


  2. This wasn’t my favourite of her books either, but I did enjoy it! Agree there were a few too many characters at times – I think I only got them straight in my head towards the end of the book. I would *love* to have the Diamond’s POV.


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