A Cathedral of Myth and Bone

A Cathedral of Myth and Bone

In these sixteen exquisite stories Kat Howard deftly weaves in and out of the countries of myth and hagiography to write the lives of women untold and unexplored.

A woman being written into her boyfriend’s fiction is at first flattered to be his muse, but then finds her real life literally consumed and overtaken by his. A desperate young woman makes a prayer to the Saint of Sidewalks, but the miracle she receives isn’t what she expected. A painter spies a naked man, crouched by the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, transform into a beautiful white bird and decides to paint him, and becomes involved in his curse. Jeanne, a duelist and a sacred blade for God and Her holy saints, finds that the price of truth is always blood. And in the novella “Once, Future” Howard reimagines the Arthurian romance on a modern college campus as a story that is told, and told again, until the ending is right.

Title:A Cathedral of Myth and Bone
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781481492157

    A Cathedral of Myth and Bone Reviews

  • Marija (Inside My Library Mind)

    More reviews up on my blog Inside My Library Mind “The story knows the way of its telling.” As a Whole... All of these stories revolve around myths and legends and thus have a common them...

  • Jackie Cowgill

    I had a difficult time deciding between 3 and 4 stars. I chose 4 because ultimately the great stories in this anthology outweighed the not so good. And none of the stories were bad, but I just didn't ...

  • Mike Chen

    Kat Howard has constantly shown that she can ground fantastical elements in contemporary storytelling. This, along with wonderful prose and sharp characterization, is why her novels ROSES AND ROT and ...

  • Marzie

    This fascinating and varied collection of short stories (and in one case a series of vignettes that form a novelette) by Kat Howard is actually the first time I've read a good bit of this author's wor...

  • Jazmine

    3.5 starsMy favorite stories were probably A Life in Fictions, Saints' Tide, and The Saint of the Sidewalk....

  • DeeDee

    (Thank you to Edelweiss and Saga Press for providing this DRC in exchange for an honest review)One of my new favorite books, and certainly my favorite short story collection to date! I would recommend...

  • Jill Furedy

    The first few stories in this book grabbed me right away. The first was about a women who disappeared into the stories her boyfriend wrote whenever he used her for inspiration. The second was a woman ...

  • Liz

    Short ReviewShort story collections are always hard to review because the quality of stories differs. I gave this four stars because I loved "Once, Future" and "Breaking the Frame." All the other stor...

  • Rani

    The novella "Once, Future" where the story of King Arthur plays out on a college campus is probably my favorite piece in this collection.On the while, I found the collection to be a bit of a mixed bag...

  • vgl3

    A number of these stories were excellent, and I enjoyed the themes of location (the cathedrals of the title crop up regularly), myth, feminism and the thin line between reality and fantasy. Unfortunat...