in a heap of

Stephen Schmidt

Senior Member
Hi everyone,
Can you explain this sentence to me, please?
He hits the sand in a heap of what can only be broken bones.

It's from Red Queen book. The two Silvers are fighting in the arena. One of them grabs a leg of the other opponent and
tosses him skyward like he was made of feathers.
  • Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    Hits the sand: falls down on the sand, after being tossed into the air.

    In a heap: his body parts are in a heap, a pile.

    Of what can only be broken bones: That heap/pile consists of his broken bones. I can't think of anything else that it could be. In particular, I'm sure it doesn't consist of his unbroken bones.
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