The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco

The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco
Series: The Bone Witch #2
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on March 20, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Witches, Young Adult
Pages: 503
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Purchase on: Amazon// Barnes & Noble
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I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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.


Though it’s been two years since I picked up the first book in this series, I fell into The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco with ease. The familiar world Chupeco masterfully crafted in the first of the series, The Bone Witch, continued to grow and flourish, while the characters she initially developed were memorable enough in the first in the series, that we pick up from where they left off seamlessly. Though this is the middle book in what is possibly a trilogy, there are definite beginnings and ends, rising action, climax, and resolution so that the reader feels satiated but still eager for more.

We continue unraveling Tea’s backstory as to how she became so feared and hated, how her romance began with Kalen and what became of Kance, while simultaneously living through her plan to use the resurrected daevas. It was so well crafted with the perfect balance of suspense and answers between the past with pieces clicking easily into place. I can’t say much more without giving away spoilers, but the writing continued to excel, the pacing was on point, and the world remains real and un-white, which is refreshingly welcome.

The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco easily surpasses the first in the series. Having me shed tears on a number of occasions, it leaves you feeling connected to the characters and understanding the desperation in their choices and actions. If you’ve read The Bone Witch and were on the fence, please do yourself a favor and pick up The Heart Forger. You will not be disappointed!


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