Title: Bone’s Day Out
Author: Tamora Pierce
Series: The Protector of the Small #4.5, Tortall #22
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Medieval fantasy, Strong women
Format: Free online short story
Publisher: Tamora Pierce online
5th sentence, 74th page: Bone tottered over to her and squawked.
Bonedancer has been an incredibly cheeky enigma of a character since his conception in The Emperor Mage. So, as with all series, it was incredibly fun to read a short story that featured this slightly obscure creature. That it is also pared with the reproductive cycle of Spidrens, and an eventful day out that involved pursuit, rogue mages and theft just helped to make this short story all the more enjoyable.
Whilst this story is all about Bone’s day out and about without the supervision of Lindhall, it was nice to also have him appear within the story. Even Bones realises that he is in over his head, and the appearance of his friend in the midst of battle is a welcome respite for this character. I loved that this short story combined so many favourable traits and characters from the rest of the Tortall series. The unique way in which the Spidren life cycle is explained just makes this short story even better.
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