The Heart Forger (The Bone Witch #2) by Rin Chupeco
Publisher: Sourcefire Books (March 20, 2018)
Print Length: 582 pages
Audiobook Length: 13hrs and 39 mins
Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller, Will Damron
No one knows death like Tea. A bone witch who can resurrect the dead, she has the power to take life…and return it. And she is done with her self-imposed exile. Her heart is set on vengeance, and she now possesses all she needs to command the mighty daeva. With the help of these terrifying beasts, she can finally enact revenge against the royals who wronged her―and took the life of her one true love.
But there are those who plot against her, those who would use Tea’s dark power for their own nefarious ends. Because you can’t kill someone who can never die…
War is brewing among the kingdoms, and when dark magic is at play, no one is safe.
While The Heart Forger (The Bone Witch #2) was a solid book in its own right, full of dark and twisty plots and characters, several issues had me feeling less than pleased upon finishing.
The first reason I couldn’t rate The Heart Forger higher isn’t actually at the fault of the book, its my own inability to remember the details of the first book, The Bone Witch. Going back through my review of The Bone Witch I was reminded of all the reasons I chose to continue to read the series, but with a lack of comprehension in regards to the past, present, and future narrative style I found myself distanced from what was happening in this book. I now know I should have re-read The Bone Witch, so if you’re like me, and read the previous novel to long ago to recall details I would recommend going back before continuing with The Heart Forger.
Second, while my love for anti-heroine Tea has continued to grow, I felt a lack of empathy or attachment to the supporting cast of characters. First, while I love me some good alliteration, I found it severely confusing when it came to keeping Khalad, Kance, and Kalen’s stories separate from one another. Again, if I had re-read The Bone Witch perhaps this would have been different, but, I also found the three characters motivations bled together.
Third, and probably most concerning going into the final installment, The Shadow Glass, is the lack of information given on the magic behind heart glasses. While the idea was touched upon, both in regards to Tea and Kance, I felt that all the things I loved about The Bone Witch’s explanation of hearts glass was pushed aside in favour of secondary character coupling. If The Shadow Glass is going to focus on the magic system, like I suspect it will, Chupeco has a lot of catching up to do to get me reinvested in her uniquely inventive idea.
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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And those are my thoughts on The Heart Forger (The Bone Witch #2) by Rin Chupeco. Have any YA fantasy recommendations you think I should check out? Leave them as a comment below and help my TBR grow.