Title: The Bone Thief (The Bone Charmer #2)
Author: Breeana Shields
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Publication date: May 26th, 2020
A deft exploration of the weight of grief and cost of revenge, Breeana Shields’s Bone Charmer duology reaches its spine-tingling conclusion in this high-octane fantasy-thriller.
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.
If you’re interested in reading this review, I encourage you to first read my review of The Bone Charmer as this is a sequel and the end to the duo. I don’t plan on any spoilers, but better safe than sorry!
Saskia’s life has been a whirlwind since the end of The Bone Charmer. Her life has been turned upside down and frankly, living in 2 different timelines is confusing when you’re the only one who knows what happened in the other timeline. Saskia has to navigate Ivory Hall all over again, with new challenges – including her relationship with Bram.
Truly, there were parts of this book that were so heartbreaking between Saskia and Bram. I can’t imagine remembering being in love with someone when that person didn’t experience it – but they are the same person. Very loosely reminds me of The Vow. My heart broke for Saskia every time she tried to recreate moments that brought them together in the other timeline. The plot was great, just like the first book, as Saskia has to learn how to use all of the Bone Magic without letting on her prior knowledge to her teachers. Saskia and her group of friends really went through it during this book.
The ending wasn’t as satisfactory as I would have liked. It is somewhat wrapped up, but I felt like I needed an epilogue to see how life continued for them after the events.
Happy reading, folks!