REVIEW: The Bone Thief

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The Bone ThiefTitle: The Bone Thief

Author: Breeana Shields

Series: The Bone Charmer #2

Genre: YA Fantasy

Pages: 384

Dates Read: March 2 – 24, 2021

Edition Read: Kindle eBook

Blurb: Saskia returns to Ivory Hall to train in bone magic, determined to stop Latham from gaining the power of all three Sights—past, present, and future. But danger lurks within the fortress’s marrow. Trials are underway for the apprentices, and the tasks feel specifically engineered to torment Saskia, which is exactly what Latham wants.

As she grows increasingly more suspicious, her thirst for revenge becomes all-consuming. Together with the friends she can trust and the boy she loved in another lifetime, Saskia traces clues from Latham’s past to determine what he’ll do next. Their search leads them across Kastelia and brings them to a workshop housing a vast collection of horrors, including the bones Latham stole from Gran, and the knowledge that the future isn’t all that’s in jeopardy—but the past as well.

Review

I absolutely love the story world of this series. It is so interesting to me, from the culture to the magic system to the relationships between the characters. This review will have minor spoilers for book #1. You can see my review for The Bone Charmer here which was part of its book tour.

Saskia is in such a weird position, having all these memories from the previous time line, including her friendships with other students at school and, more importantly, her love for Bram. For example, she was good friends with one of the other students before, but in this time, they barely know her. It is such a bizarre predicament to be in and was explored very well by Shields in this book. I also really enjoyed the Trials that they had to face as part of their studies. Each one was very detailed and it was neat to see how all of the bone magics worked – we really only saw bone charming in the previous book because that’s what Saskia did.

Latham is also a really good villain. This book was actually an interesting character study in how a villain becomes a villain. Latham wasn’t always a bad person, but digging through his life through the bone magics, we can all the different paths he might have taken. It doesn’t excuse the horrible things he does, but it at least explains them and gives his character so much more depth than just being the bad guy.

I definitely enjoyed this series, but also, since it is a duology and this is the second book, I can officially cross this series off from my “Complete the Series” challenge. Yay!

GoodReads rating: 5 stars

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