The Village of Bones is the lastest novel from author Mary Mackey. In 4386 B.C., a young priestess named Sabalah conceives a magical child with a mysterious stranger named Arash. Sabalah names the child Marrah. This child will save the Goddess-worshiping people of Europe from nomad invaders called eastmen, but only if her mother can keep her alive long enough to grow up. Warned in a vision of the coming invasion, Sabalah flees west with Arash to save her baby daughter, only to discover that she is running into the arms of her worst enemies. In the dark forests of northern Europe, other humanlike species left over from the Ice Age still exist.
Mary Mackey is the author of fourteen novels including The Village of Bones: Sabalah's Tale, The Year the Horses Came, The Horses at the Gate, and The Fires of Spring, all of which tell the story of Sabalah and Marrah's struggle to save the Goddess-worshiping cultures of Neolithic Europe from nomad invaders. Her novels have appeared on The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller lists, been translated into twelve languages, and longlisted for the James Tiptree, Jr Literary Award. She has also written seven volumes of poetry including Sugar Zone, winner of the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence. A screenwriter as well as a novelist and poet, Mary has sold feature-length scripts to Warner Brothers as well as to independent film companies.