Title: The Heart Forger
Series: The Bone Witch Trilogy
Author: Rin Chupeco
Genre: Young Adult, fantasy
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
In The Bone Witch, Tea mastered resurrection – now she’s after revenge…
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.
Sophomore slump? Don’t know her, clearly!
Honestly, the juxtaposition between the Tea in the present, with the bard, and the Tea who is still learning to be a bone witch is stark and stunning, and it leaves so many questions as to what led to the transformation. And the story shows – not tells, which can be so difficult to achieve properly – how this happens slowly.
While answering some questions, this sequel also poses so many more, and I think that’s really interesting. We have some answers – how Kalen and Tea fall in love, what happened to Mykaela’s heartglass, Aeneh’s aims and who was helping her – but then also a whole bunch more, and I cannot wait to see how they unravel.
Having the protagonist of the story be the antagonist in a way is so interesting. We root for Tea, but at the same time, there are so many reasons we should also not be doing so – what exactly has she done to be on this path. What has led her here.
I had a hard time putting this book down. It was so good to read, with so many relationships put on the line, so many things and beliefs shaken. The world building was added to, and it made everything and everyone that much more fleshed out.