As I have said before, Murderbot is one of the absolute best characters to come out of SF in years. I remember when I read the description of Martha Wells’s All Systems Red and thought to myself “I’ve got to put that on hold at the library!” And I was right - it was excellent. I have eagerly awaited each new Murderbot book and also read some of the Rakusa series when it was nominated for the Best Series Hugo, it I have not made the time to dive into Ms. Wells's back catalog. So I was excited when NetGalley and the publisher gave me an eARC of the reprint of City of Bones, one of Martha Wells’s earlier works, in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed this novel. We follow an unscrupulous relic dealer and a more naive trainee wizard as they work together to track down some ancient secrets. The world building was very interesting in the novel - the striated society made sense and felt real. Khat was an interesting protagonist - selfish but not unlikable. The book was a little long, it nonetheless enjoyable. A satisfying early work by this author.