The Bones of the Sea by Pippa Jay

The Bones of the SeaSource: Own collection
Format: Kindle ebook
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewer: Laurel

Myasi has been contracted to demolish a weird metallic construct in the shallow seas of Ulto Marinos. But her attempt to do so reveals something more beneath the surface …

In The Bones of the Sea, we get a glimpse of Ulto Marinos, a mysterious world on which stranger things exist – namely, the Bones of the Sea. Ulto Marinos is the predominantly marine world Gethyon, Quin’s son, travels to as a teen in Pippa Jay’s novella, Gethyon.

Myasi has been contracted to blow up an artefact known as The Bones of the Sea, some artificial structure that is getting in the way of seagrafters. She lays the final charge and returns to her ship – but a charge explodes prematurely. Myasi is sent back to learn why the charge blew, and discovers that the structure’s door has opened thanks to the concussion, and a whirlpool sucks her in.

This is a well-crafted short story in that – and typical of Pippa Jay’s writing – one is left to muse over the final events in the story for a good while after one has finished reading it. Not everything is quite as it seems, and sometimes what one intends to do doesn’t quite give the results one aims for. Which is quite amusing, really.

A quick read, very well-written, and somewhat reminiscent of Titan A.E.

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