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A Lair of Bones by Helen Scheurer- ARC Review


My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  15 July 2021

Format: E-ARC

Pages: 474

Publisher: Alchemy


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?



Thank you so much to Helen Scheurer for sending me a copy of A Lair of Bones, in exchange for an honest review!

Helen has woven the most fantastical, horrifying world in A Lair of Bones. With no love lost between the species, Cyren’s have been luring humans into their world to play music for them. But now that the Queen’s Tournament is upon them for the first time in decades, the human’s have been stolen for a different task. 

Roh is a lowborn bone cleaner with a dream. Shunned by most others of her kind, due to her mother being in prison for the worst crime ever committed, she longs to access the Tomes that will grant her information about what really happened the day her mother was arrested and allow her to move on from her job as a bone cleaner, forever.  When she finds out her victory will hinge on keeping a human, Odi, alive, the tournament seems even more impossible than before.

Through enchanted caves, nightmarish creatures and sabotage from every side, Roh and Odi are determined to complete the insurmountable tasks to win the tournaments. They have to. For Roh to become queen and Odi to gain his freedom.

The world building in A Lair of Bones was nothing short of magical. The Cyren’s here are a far cry from even the viciousness we associate with traditional Siren lore. These Cyren’s are not confined to the water and occupy an entire, cavern like realm, complete with sea forests and workshops. 

I absolutely loved the characters, in all their flawed ways. Roh was thrown obstacle after obstacle, with little to no support, but through her desperation and terror, she didn’t back down, even when it meant betrayal and heartbreak. But, like she says, Never trust a Cyren 😏

Without giving away spoilers, there was a really obvious way a part of this story could have gone. The author did not go down that path and I was SO grateful 🙌 It made it all the more perfect for me!

The author has free copies of 3 prequel novella’s to this series on her website. You better believe I went and claimed them the second I finished this book! 😄

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