The Heart Forger by: Rin Chupeco

Book 2 of “The Bone Witch” trilogy

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.
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Content Warnings: Sexism, blood/gore, murder/death, homophobia, transphobia, torture, imprisonment, death/murder of a loved one.

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Although I’ve read “The Bone Witch” three times now…this is only the second time I’ve read through “The Heart Forger” and I forgot how emotional it would make me. This book picks up immediately after the first book ends as we continue to see the current time through the eyes of “the bard” and see past events through Tea’s eyes.

We were told and taught, many things in book one that book two reveal to be false. I absolutely love the back and forth between times, there are so many important things happening in both timelines and you’re left desperately wanting to know everything going on in both. The pace of book two is definitely faster than book one, as book one taught us much of the backstory to the world and people.

Without giving anything away, in case you haven’t read through “The Bone Witch” just know that “The Heart Forger” made me cry…just as much and as hard as I did when I first read it almost two years ago. The world that Rin has created for us can be so beautiful and so cruel at the same time…and I love every second I spend in it.

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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