Books & Bone by Victoria Corva

Books & Bone by Victoria Corva. Cover: A witchy girl all in black holds an old tome and wears a satchel full of books. All around her is a green mist with skulls in it. She is standing in a tomb. Her eyes glow with magical light.

Author: Victoria Corva

Publisher: Witch Key Fiction

Published: 22 April 2019

Formats: .EPUB, .MOBI, Paperback

ISBN (Paperback): 978-1916100909

ISBN (EPUB): 978-1916100916

Pages: 421


A Librarians-and-Necromancy Fantasy with Small Town Charm in a City of the Dead

The others believe in blood and bone. Ree believes in books.

She manages the libraries and draws maps for the denizens of her hometown, a secret society of necromancers hiding in a sprawling underground crypt. Though they look down on her for not practicing their craft, Ree has bigger ambitions than raising the dead. She’s going to resurrect therianthropy, the ancient magic of shapeshifting. Or at least — she’ll do it if it really exists. And if she can find the books that prove it.

But Smythe, a chatty historian from the world above, stumbles into the crypt and takes a curse meant for Ree. Now she has to find a way to save him, keep the townsfolk off her back, and convince her necromancer parents that shapeshifting is a viable career path.

Ree is certain that if she and Smythe combine their scholarly skill sets, they’ll find the right books to solve their problems. But Ree’s search for power might put the entire town in danger, and her father and the other townsfolk want Smythe dead lest he reveal their home to a world that hates them.

Content warnings
Contains undead, mild-moderate fantasy violence, and fantasy threat.

(Cover art by Anna Pazyniuk)


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You can also read the first three chapters for free here.


“Probably the most appealing, and effective, aspect of the book is the deliberate contrast between the author’s humorous and rather wholesome approach to the story and the expectations a reader might have due to the setting— an underground crypt in which necromancy is the only game in town. That, of course, is a huge part of the fun.” – Emma Davis of Fantasy Book Review

“Although its setting not exactly cheery, there is something utterly charming in this book that just won me over. If you are looking for something unique containing magic, death people, queer characters and twists that you never saw coming, then you are in for a treat with Books and Bone.” – Timy of RockStarlit Book Asylum

“Books and Bone is satisfyingly long, draws on the author’s long association with DnD, and is genuinely humorous to boot.” – Libreture

“This story is sure to raise your spirits.” – TH Leatherman, Author of The Burning Son


  • BOOKS & BONE was a semi-finalist in the SPFBO5 — the fifth annual Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off!
  • BOOKS & BONE was nominated for Best Debut at the Booknest Fantasy Awards 2019!


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