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“I was absolutely swept away by the world of The Bone Charmer.” – Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series 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 mag “I was absolutely swept away by the world of The Bone Charmer.” – Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series 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.


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“I was absolutely swept away by the world of The Bone Charmer.” – Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series 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 mag “I was absolutely swept away by the world of The Bone Charmer.” – Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series 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.

30 review for The Bone Thief

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Goicea

    1) The Bone Charmer: ★★★★ I'm excited to be a part of the THE BONE THIEF blog tour with The Fantastic Flying Book Club from May 20th - May 26th, 2020! I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Page Street Publishing, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review. All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication. Content Warning: Death, Torture, Attempted Murder, Overall morbid tone It’s both the blessing 1) The Bone Charmer: ★★★★ I'm excited to be a part of the THE BONE THIEF blog tour with The Fantastic Flying Book Club from May 20th - May 26th, 2020! I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Page Street Publishing, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review. All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication. Content Warning: Death, Torture, Attempted Murder, Overall morbid tone It’s both the blessing and the curse of being a Bone Charmer. Seeing people for who they really are and for who they could have been in a different life. Knowing the potential for good and evil in all of us. First off, I must say that it’s very difficult to write a review for this book as it will certainly spoil book one, The Bone Charmer for anyone who hasn’t read it. Please, readers, beware reading this review if you haven’t picked up this duology yet! When I read The Bone Charmer last year, I was blown away by, first of all, it’s uniqueness, and secondly, the plot twists. The Bone Thief in absolutely no way, loses pace in the plot as it picks up shortly after where book one ended. With her mother dead---murdered by Latham for her bones, Saskia is next. Now stuck in a different timeline where most everything is different, Saskia must uncover Latham’s true intent with her family’s bones before it’s too late. Revenge is a jealous master, Gran used to say. She meant it as a warning---a plea to always seek forgiveness instead of vengeance. But that was before Latham killed her. Before he killed my mother. Now I've given my entire body---heart and soul---to my plan for revenge. I'm the handmaiden of vengeance. There's no time for love. Desperate to retrieve the stolen bones of her Gran and mother after she was murdered to stop him from gaining all three sights, Saskia quickly learns that Latham is onto her scheme to catch him when he sends her a book made from the skin of her mother. With time running out, Saskia must undergo incredible trials at Ivory Hall orchestrated by Latham himself. Purposefully designed to torment her, Saskia’s desire for revenge grows into something dark, hindering her from trusting her friends and putting others’ before her ambitions. I’ve been making the same mistakes as Latham. His whole life was consumed by a burning desire for revenge. He had something lovely with Avalina, but he let his bitterness become more important than anything else. He was willing to let happiness slip through his fingers in pursuit of making those who had wronged him suffer. Ultimately about how revenge can cloud one’s judgment, and the process of healing from the grief of losing a loved one, The Bone Thief is an intensely introspective end to the The Bone Charmer duology. Same as my thoughts for book one, I wish there had been much more detail in the characters’ appearance and overall world building. I feel like this is a world my gothic atmosphere-loving self would want to get lost in and just could get a good enough glimpse into. Vulgarity: None. Sexual content: Minimal - kissing only. Violence: Moderate. My Rating: ★★★★ My Blog ¦ Bookstagram ¦ Twitter ¦ Pinterest ¦ Facebook

  2. 5 out of 5

    Zoe L.

    Gah, why do duologies always make me so happy? I always thought I was a series type of person, but for some reason I always find that I REALLY love duologies. The Bone Charmer duology is definitely something that I wish I was seeing more frequently from people! It’s so unique and amazing written, yet I feel as if the books are still relatively undiscovered. So, I’m here today to try and convince you to check this duology out! Ok, but let’s talk about the magic system. I mean, it’s so unique! Plus Gah, why do duologies always make me so happy? I always thought I was a series type of person, but for some reason I always find that I REALLY love duologies. The Bone Charmer duology is definitely something that I wish I was seeing more frequently from people! It’s so unique and amazing written, yet I feel as if the books are still relatively undiscovered. So, I’m here today to try and convince you to check this duology out! Ok, but let’s talk about the magic system. I mean, it’s so unique! Plus anything related to bones always makes me think of City of Bones and automatically makes my shadowhunters obsessed self happy. But anyways, I always find it so intriguing when people only have one specific type of magic. I don’t know, it just makes more sense to me that that would be the case. I mean, whenever I think of what type of magic I’d want it’s always something very specific. But this series is just so intricately interwoven and I was just enamored with the world. Plus the writing was just so beautiful. It was flow-y and swept you away without being too overworked. There’s just something about fantasy mixed with an almost quest-like storyline that will always remain an endearing classic with me. You can view my full review & giveaway on my blog! I also post about a lot of different types of books! Reader | Bookstagrammer | Blogger | Reviewer @ya.its.lit - https://www.instagram.com/ya.its.lit/ Blog - https://yaitslitblog.wordpress.com/

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jenny (Bookbookowl)

    Thank you so much to Page Street Kids for providing me with a copy of The Bone Thief, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review! Please note this review is for book 2 in the series, and will include spoilers for the first book, The Bone Charmer! If you haven’t started this duology yet, stop here and add The Bone Charmer to your TBR! The Bone Charmer was one of my most unexpected favourite books last year and I have been waiting patiently (impatiently) for the sequel! With Saskia’s two life p Thank you so much to Page Street Kids for providing me with a copy of The Bone Thief, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review! Please note this review is for book 2 in the series, and will include spoilers for the first book, The Bone Charmer! If you haven’t started this duology yet, stop here and add The Bone Charmer to your TBR! The Bone Charmer was one of my most unexpected favourite books last year and I have been waiting patiently (impatiently) for the sequel! With Saskia’s two life paths becoming one at the end of The Bone Charmer, she has now returned to Ivory Hall to commence training in Bone Magic (hiding the fact that she’s already been trained illegally by her mother and has the tattoo that could expose her secret). Upon learning they will need to participate in ‘The Bone Games’ this year, she teams up with some of the friends she had on her previous path. But in this lifeline, it’s the first time she’s meeting some of them, and Bram has no idea they were matched in Saskia’s other path. With tasks that seem designed to particularly torment Saskia, she’ll need the help of her team to not only get through the games, but to catch Latham and retrieve her mother’s bones. I think this series has been so clever and intriguing. Keeping track of who knew what on each path was actually a lot of fun and Saskia’s anguish over the choices she has had to make was devastating. I’ve really loved the bone magic system throughout the duology. It was so unique and developed so well! I felt like the world building was even better in The Bone Thief than the first book. We got to see some new places, such as the city of Leiden, a place made entirely of glass, and the author’s magical descriptions had me right there, walking those streets. I honestly don’t know what I loved more in this conclusion, the harrowing tasks in the game or the anguish of Saskia’s left over romantic feelings for Bram, from the expired pathway. This series has been so underrated in my opinion, and I’d love to see more people experience the magic!

  4. 4 out of 5

    JenLovesBooks

    For a sequel, this novel had a feel all its own. Yes, the story continues from where it left of in the first novel, but the setup, and the events that happen, make it all its own. I'm glad though, for that first one, because it gave the reader the chance to go straight into more of the story, since everything else about charming and bone casting were already explained to us. Plus, it was nice getting to see Saskia meet certain people again and know that some things are always meant to be, no matt For a sequel, this novel had a feel all its own. Yes, the story continues from where it left of in the first novel, but the setup, and the events that happen, make it all its own. I'm glad though, for that first one, because it gave the reader the chance to go straight into more of the story, since everything else about charming and bone casting were already explained to us. Plus, it was nice getting to see Saskia meet certain people again and know that some things are always meant to be, no matter what else might change. That also gave way to new situations, interesting games that had me remembering Harry Potter (but, with its own unique twist), and some creepy, disturbing, moments that remind the reader what's at stake for all of them. It's all of that which makes this novel even more interesting than the first. Yes, it's a slow start, but as it moves along, it's all those moments that make this second novel just as memorable. Especially, when the reader gets to see how Saskia deals with it all. From seeing her remember what once was, what it means to avenge her loved ones, and how friendships, and trusting that, might be her saving grace. ***I received this copy from Page Street Kids, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***

  5. 5 out of 5

    Paige Green

    Disclaimer: I received this arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: The Bone Thief Author: Breeana Shields Book Series: The Bone Charmer Book 2 Rating: 3.5/5 Publication Date: May 26, 2020 Genre: YA Fantasy Recommended Age: 15+ (violence, gore, romance) Publisher: Page Street Kids Pages: 384 Amazon Link Synopsis: 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 Disclaimer: I received this arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: The Bone Thief Author: Breeana Shields Book Series: The Bone Charmer Book 2 Rating: 3.5/5 Publication Date: May 26, 2020 Genre: YA Fantasy Recommended Age: 15+ (violence, gore, romance) Publisher: Page Street Kids Pages: 384 Amazon Link Synopsis: 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 was really excited to read this book (because, I mean, I look at the cover it’s gorgeous!) Anyways, the book was a lot better fleshed out for the character development then the previous book and I was so happy for that! The pacing is great and the plot is still so intriguing! I also felt like the world building had gotten better! However, I still felt like there could have been more for the world building and I feel like that romance lacked in this one. The romance was there, but it wasn’t doing it for me. It felt a lot more cliché and tropey than in the first one and I got tired of it fast. Verdict: It’s a great story!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nihal

    -More action and more drama than its predecessor. -Saskia was even more colddhearted and selfish in this one. She treated her friends very badly. I hate people like her, the type that keep secrets and only unveil when they want help. She took her loved ones for granted. I do not understand why they were ready to lay down their lives for her two seconds after meeting her. She doesn't give a fuck about you, hun. Her friends and literally all secondary characters were made to aid her. They didn't h -More action and more drama than its predecessor. -Saskia was even more colddhearted and selfish in this one. She treated her friends very badly. I hate people like her, the type that keep secrets and only unveil when they want help. She took her loved ones for granted. I do not understand why they were ready to lay down their lives for her two seconds after meeting her. She doesn't give a fuck about you, hun. Her friends and literally all secondary characters were made to aid her. They didn't have any other purpose. No depth at all. -I feel bad for Bram. I am sorry fate had Saskia in store for you. She treated him like shit and it's clear he was here to help her too. He deserves better. -Everything was too easy. Too delibrate. The bone games felt like they lasted a few mins. They had the answers the second they read the details. Everyone was skilled in their magic while only started in training??? Too easy -Did not expect the end Latham got. All good for the hero and the villian. Both satisfied. Hm, this is new to me. -Some things would be revealed and I'm like didn't we... already know that? Was this supposed to be a twist? Lmao -Hella negative thoughts but all in all, not the worst duology I've read. Better for lower YA fantasy readers.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Hastings

    Everything I wanted it to be and more. I can’t recommend this duology enough! Saskia is intent on revenge. She’s returned to Ivory Hall (a magic school) but with another version of hers memories. Including, a deep love for a boy who doesn’t love her in this reality. She and a team of friends are a part of the Bone Games. A dangerous competition that will require their wits, strength, and consciences. Leading to a heartfelt, satisfying conclusion without being schmaltzy. Saskia’s growth as a char Everything I wanted it to be and more. I can’t recommend this duology enough! Saskia is intent on revenge. She’s returned to Ivory Hall (a magic school) but with another version of hers memories. Including, a deep love for a boy who doesn’t love her in this reality. She and a team of friends are a part of the Bone Games. A dangerous competition that will require their wits, strength, and consciences. Leading to a heartfelt, satisfying conclusion without being schmaltzy. Saskia’s growth as a character and her acceptance of her choices, bad and good, was one of my favorite parts. The romance was full of longing and the perfect amount of slow burn. The friendships were such a beautiful part of the story. You couldn’t help but love her Bone Games team. The fantasy-world was unique and well-developed. A must read!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sammy

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. You can view my other reviews/posts on my blog ladyandstar.wordpress.com It has taken me a while to write this review because I wanted to get my thoughts in order. I loved the first book and I loved the second book, but there was ONE thing in this book that makes me not want to rate it 5 stars like I did The Bone Charmer. For those of us that did read The Bone Charmer, we know that Latham is our bad guy, he's a super b I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. You can view my other reviews/posts on my blog ladyandstar.wordpress.com It has taken me a while to write this review because I wanted to get my thoughts in order. I loved the first book and I loved the second book, but there was ONE thing in this book that makes me not want to rate it 5 stars like I did The Bone Charmer. For those of us that did read The Bone Charmer, we know that Latham is our bad guy, he's a super bad guy. We don't know why he's going after Saskia and the mystery of this is what made me love this series. Obviously we find out why he is doing what he's doing and let me tell you, I wasn't impressed with the reasoning. I thought it could have been a stronger motivation. You'll understand once you read it. Besides that issue though, everything is great. The ending felt a little too easy in a way, but I'm just here for the drama and the happy endings. I enjoyed getting to see Saskia learn and grow from Bram a second time, although I just wanted them to just fall in love already! We meet up with some old friends and the story is like watching a movie from your childhood as an adult. There are certain things you remember, things you thought occurred but didn't, and things that occur you don't remember at all. It's kind of a fun mind trick. Besides my slight disappointment with the ending, I would still rate this book a 5 // 5 stars. Honestly, the creativity of this series and the growth we see in all of the characters outweighs my thoughts on the ending. If you haven't ordered a copy of The Bone Thief please go do so! It's a great series and it's worth the read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Devin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ***Spoilers*** I was highly anticipating the release of the Bone Thief after reading and loving the Bone Charmer last year. However, I was slightly disappointed with this book. The magic system wasn’t fully flushed out in the first book, but I forgave it because the magic wasn’t really the driving force of the plot and the story structure was so intriguing it kept me engaged. So, I was excited to explore the magic system in this book. I was excited to solely follow Saskia’s training at Ivory Hall ***Spoilers*** I was highly anticipating the release of the Bone Thief after reading and loving the Bone Charmer last year. However, I was slightly disappointed with this book. The magic system wasn’t fully flushed out in the first book, but I forgave it because the magic wasn’t really the driving force of the plot and the story structure was so intriguing it kept me engaged. So, I was excited to explore the magic system in this book. I was excited to solely follow Saskia’s training at Ivory Hall and not split time between her two timelines. I was also hoping to delve deeper into Latham’s motivations and plans. However, I didn’t feel like any of that happened, and this book left me feeling a little confused. We didn’t get to see Saskia train because the bone games took up most of the plot, and they were one of my least favorite parts of the story. The games did not seem to make much sense and felt like convenient plot devices to put Saskia and her friends in the opportune places they needed to be to discover secrets. I do realize there was a spy in Ivory Hall who was manipulating the games and could have been intentionally putting Saskia in these positions, but the games still fell flat to me. It felt like the games shouldn’t have taken place at all. There is a credible threat against a student’s life, yet they continue with the games sending students out and about and putting them in situations where Latham could easily access Saskia. I think that is why the games reminded me a lot of the Tri-wizard Tournament in Harry Potter. I felt the same way about the Tri-wizard Tournament and was questioning why it was allowed to continue. However, I felt Dumbledore had a motivation for letting the games go forward than Norah did. This lack of motivation may the reveal that Norah was the spy in Ivory hall was so obvious and disappointing. In Harry Potter, I firmly believe Dumbledore’s motivation for not cancelling the tournament was rooted in the fact he knew that the timeline that lead to Voldemort’s defeat with the least blood shed was the timeline in which the Tournament takes place and Cedric Diggory dies. In the Bone Thief, Norah has no such motivation. Leaving the only explanation for the games to proceed being that Norah is working with Latham. It may have not been as obvious if the fact Latham was orchestrating Saskia’s tasks in the games wasn’t basically revealed in the synopsis for the book. I guess theoretically, a bone charmer could have done a reading of the future and was intentionally putting Saskia on a path to succeed and stay alive; however, the readings of the future are always shown to be very subjective and can be altered by subsequent choices. The bone games weren’t my only issue. The magic never felt flushed out and I would get confused on how it worked from time to time, especially bone charming. I think this contributed to my confusion surrounding concluding events of the book. The magic wasn’t explored enough to ground me in this scene with so much action happening. I kept getting lost with what was going on with the magic between Saskia and Latham. Saskia says her mom and Gran possibly didn’t come back in the remade timeline because their bones were used in the magic, but so was Saskia’s hand. Yet, it was remade. In fact, the whole thing with Saskia’s hand was weird to me. I though Saskia needed to be an intensifier in order to be useful to Latham. I thought she had to be murdered. Then all of a sudden Latham only needs her hand to complete the spell? Ritual? Reading? I didn’t entirely know why he needed Saskia’s bones (it also was not entirely clear what Latham was doing). I thought that he was trying to perform a certain spell or type of magic, but he was breaking bones and trying to heal them to pick what path he would take. It just felt like regular bone charming, but with some attitude, nothing special or super unique especially since that was the plot of the first book. Also, how did he know about the breaking of the bones and the future? Did he learn that from the events of first book? Did his plans change at some point? Did he always know? If it is common knowledge that if a bone breaks it could cause branches in time, shouldn’t people be advised of these consequences? It also didn’t feel like this fit in with what I knew of bone charming. If felt like Saskia’s futures split because a bone broke during the keening and Saskia’s future then branched off from that point in time. In Latham’s case he was changing the past. Was Latham using the bones to do readings of the past and then broke them purposefully? If so, can he see the past? I thought he was a third sight bone charmer not first sight. Does he have all three like Saskia? And why didn’t he remember what happened like Saskia and her friends did? I also don’t think Latham’s motivations were explained. I couldn’t figure out what he wanted by changing the past. In the first book, it felt like he was more focused on Avalina, but in this book if felt like he was more motivated by power and being on the Grand Counsel. In the end, I liked how Saskia didn’t choose revenge but instead chose compassion which lead her to a happy future for everyone.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nannette Demmler

    ARC provided by Page Street Publishing via NetGalley for an honest review. I really enjoyed The Bone Charmer last year and was eager to see where this story was going to go next. I was very curious about whether or not this book would include multiple time lines again or stick to the final one that we ended up with at the end of book one. This story although very different in its approach to the story was just as fascinating and compelling as the first. At the end of the first book, only one of th ARC provided by Page Street Publishing via NetGalley for an honest review. I really enjoyed The Bone Charmer last year and was eager to see where this story was going to go next. I was very curious about whether or not this book would include multiple time lines again or stick to the final one that we ended up with at the end of book one. This story although very different in its approach to the story was just as fascinating and compelling as the first. At the end of the first book, only one of the possible paths that Saskia’s life was taking survived, and it wasn’t my favorite one. But that turned out okay, because the story was better for it. Especially her relationship with Bram. I still really liked Bram in this book, even though he was a bit stand offish with Saskia. I was happy to see that their relationship had to develop on its own all over again. Bram and all of her friends at Ivory Hall were well developed and they were all from the many different bone magic sections. Saskia’s journey through out the book was amazing. She really struggled with her grief not only for her family, but also the timeline that she sort of remembers but can also now see with her bone magic. Her anger and her need for revenge was also very up there, and you could see her obsessing over Latham and what he was doing and why, almost takes over her life. Her ability to see multiple paths not only in her future, but her past, was very hard at times. The story really highlights how the choices we make change the course of our futures, and one small thing could still totally change an outcome. We get to see a bit more of the world that Saskia lives in, and we also see more of the magical system. I would have liked a bit more of an explanation of why people were bound to one very specific type of magic in this world, for example healers could only heal diseases or mend broken bones, but not both. I would think that would be hard not to use some of the other disciplines that adjoin yours, as the group that helps Saskia soon finds out. The plot was really well done, although I did sort of miss the dual narration of two different Saskias from the first book. The story did get a little draggy in the middle and the big reveal of who was working with Latham on the inside wasn’t that big of a surprise, but the ending was amazingly well done. Some of the trials that the group has to go through were quite scary, but intriguing, including the black market. The writing is also very well done and I really loved the detail of everything from clothes, to food and the different bone magics. This duology has not been getting the attention that it so richly deserves. It is very beautifully written and the characters and magical system are very original. If you are looking for a solid fantasy with a brilliant main character and a great supporting cast of friends then you should pick this series up and give it a try. https://elnadesbookchat.com

  11. 5 out of 5

    gwendalyn _books_

    All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication. Thank you so much to Page Street Kids for providing me with a print copy of The Bone Thief, in exchange for an honest review! ✿ From The Desk of ​Gwendalyn Anderson✿ The Bone Thief Breeana Shields The Bone Thief by Breeana Shields is the second and final book in The Bone Charmer series. The Bone Charmer left so many loose ends that I have been in agony patiently waiting on pins and needles for this next sequ All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication. Thank you so much to Page Street Kids for providing me with a print copy of The Bone Thief, in exchange for an honest review! ✿ From The Desk of ​Gwendalyn Anderson✿ The Bone Thief Breeana Shields The Bone Thief by Breeana Shields is the second and final book in The Bone Charmer series. The Bone Charmer left so many loose ends that I have been in agony patiently waiting on pins and needles for this next sequel. I was definitely not disappointed. An addictive fantastic duology that will suck you in, with masterful executed writing. Absorbing fantasy fiction, with a stunning intricate magic system, that was completely easy to follow. A book to leave you breathless, as perfectly paced storyline unfolds. Shields takes the reader alongside our protagonist, Saskia's. In her emotional struggles of despair and longing for her loved ones that spurn her toward her quest for revenge. At the ending of the first book Bone Charmer, Saskia’s two life paths became one. She arrives back at the Ivory Hall to continue her training in Bone Magic, all the while cleverly hiding the fact that her mother had illegally trained her. She keeps her tattoo hidden that could expose her secret. Saskia’s stuck in a life path that is different than the one her mind remembers. Sorrow and rage drive her in an all consuming quest to catch Latham. Her course is set on retrieving her mother’s and grandmothers bones, and bring Latham to justice before she becomes another one of his casualties. As her training excels, There is an announcement that of The Bone Games, and all must participate. Teams are formed and partnerships and friendship are strengthened. Saskia’s will need the help and the alliance not only in The Bone Games, but also with the havoc that Latham is casting over her life. This was a nonstop read from the moment I opened the book. I was captivated by the books characters and felt fully immersed into Saskia’s overwhelming desire for vengeance and her loss for her mother. I thought the romance was perfect. The drama and world building was excellent, but what I really appreciated was the message that was underlying element within these stunning magical atmospheric pages. The story tales a hard look at the ultimate effect of revenge and bitterness that clouds our judgement and stints our growth, when what really is needed is forgiveness. This allows you to move forward in the healing process of recovery from death and grief. A wonderful completely thrilling satisfying conclusion to an enjoyable fantasy duology.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Staci Campbell

    Synopsis: 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 exact Synopsis: 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. My Thoughts Thank you so much Page Street publications for my copy of this eARC in exchange for my honest opinion. This series has been amazing so far!! Dark, and twisted, yet romantic and touching. There are social themes like friendships, and love as well as hardships like grief and the weight it has on Saskia. The character development was amazing and light hearted. They are all relatable in some ways, and certainly all lovable. The MC is perfect, she isn't a queen or princess, no major standing so watching her build herself up to an amazing person was even more thrilling!! The magical system is complex but not hard to understand or follow. I love the sight theme!! It puts into question everything you thought you know about psychics and the magic they use!!! The council delivers a small but necessary dose of political intrigue also. I love the numerous factors of this book that your reading!! It was a fast read because it was so easy to get sucked into the plot, the magic, the friendships and vengance and betrayal.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Ward

    4.5 Stars 'The Bone Thief' is the thrilling conclusion to the fantastic young adult fantasy duology that readers are sure to love. I had some issues with the pacing of the first book, but this one didn't have that same problem for me. I was swept back into Saskia's world right from the very beginning and I didn't come back up for air until I had devoured the entire book in a few hours. Once I started reading, it felt like I had never left Saskia and her world and I always had to know what was goi 4.5 Stars 'The Bone Thief' is the thrilling conclusion to the fantastic young adult fantasy duology that readers are sure to love. I had some issues with the pacing of the first book, but this one didn't have that same problem for me. I was swept back into Saskia's world right from the very beginning and I didn't come back up for air until I had devoured the entire book in a few hours. Once I started reading, it felt like I had never left Saskia and her world and I always had to know what was going to happen next. I ended up reading the whole book in one sitting and loved it. Well, I loved everything except for the fact that it was the last book in the duology. I definitely wish this was going to be a longer series. I continued to absolutely love Saskia as the main character. We got to see both Saskia as the tutor and Saskia as the bone charmer in the first book. I really loved this writing style - it made the book very unique. I don't think I've ever read another book where the main characters are variations of one person. Having learned so much about her and her variant futures, I felt like I knew Saskia on a whole new level compared to other characters. I loved learning more about the characters, especially Saskia (obviously). The other major characters were well rounded and realistic as well and I liked getting to know them more too. I absolutely loved learning about the different kinds of magic - especially bone magic - along with more history of the people and their world. The plot was exciting with lots of action that kept me on my toes. I don't do spoilers in my reviews so I can't say much more without accidentally giving something away. I thought it was fast paced, thrilling, and very well written. Like I said, I lost myself inside of Saskia's world and I loved it. Definitely recommended for fans of YA, fantasy, thrillers, mystery, and romance. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    As I said at the end of my review for the first book in this duology, The Bone Charmer, I was hoping that there would be a follow-up so I could dive back in to the world of the awesome bone magic Ms. Shields created and see what was going to happen to Saskia and Bram. I was thrilled to have the chance to take part in this tour and jump back in! I re-read The Bone Charmer before starting The Bone Thief, and I felt all of the emotions I felt the first time I read it. Going in to The Bone Thief, th As I said at the end of my review for the first book in this duology, The Bone Charmer, I was hoping that there would be a follow-up so I could dive back in to the world of the awesome bone magic Ms. Shields created and see what was going to happen to Saskia and Bram. I was thrilled to have the chance to take part in this tour and jump back in! I re-read The Bone Charmer before starting The Bone Thief, and I felt all of the emotions I felt the first time I read it. Going in to The Bone Thief, therefore, felt like I had caught up with an old friend and now I was going to find out what they’d been up to since we last talked. It was so interesting to see Saskia trying to figure out her place as an apprentice at Ivory Hall while also tying to fulfill her pledge to get revenge on Latham for what he did to her mother and grandmother. My heart broke for her as she had to try to figure out who she could and couldn’t trust at every turn. The action was basically nonstop with not much time for breathing, and I pretty much raced through this incredible conclusion to this inventive fantasy duology. If you are a lover of fantasy, particularly worlds with new and different magic systems, pick up these two books! I think you’ll love them as much as I did. Rating: 4 stars! **Disclosure: I received an early copy of this book for purposes of this blog tour. This review is voluntary on my part and reflects my honest rating and review of the book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Erica (ricci.reads)

    ~ ARC received in exchange for an honest review ~ 'The Bone Thief' is the second book in the Bone Charmer series written by YA fantasy author Breeana Shields. Overall this book felt much more fleshed out than the previous and Saskia, the main character, is also much easier to warm to. As a result of the events in 'The Bone Charmer' she is much more mature in how she interacts with other people and isn't as judgemental. Her motives are clearer, the plot is generally decent and pacing is good. It' ~ ARC received in exchange for an honest review ~ 'The Bone Thief' is the second book in the Bone Charmer series written by YA fantasy author Breeana Shields. Overall this book felt much more fleshed out than the previous and Saskia, the main character, is also much easier to warm to. As a result of the events in 'The Bone Charmer' she is much more mature in how she interacts with other people and isn't as judgemental. Her motives are clearer, the plot is generally decent and pacing is good. It's a very quick, easy read - although I'd say that the series as a whole is still somewhat lacking in terms of world-building and the development of secondary characters for my taste. The relationship angst also feels contrived to me and a little repetitive since the nature of the story is that the reset button has essentially been pressed on what developed romantically in the first book. Most YA romance just doesn't do it for me though, so it's totally subjective. ~ Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this title ~

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Kilbourne

    Thank you to Page Street Publishing for a free copy of The Bone Thief in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed book one in this series, so I've been looking forward to this book for a while! The Bone Thief is a relatively quick read, the pacing was good and the story kept me engaged.. I feel like the character development was much better than in The Bone Charmer, and I liked Saskia more. The world building improved as well. The plot is intriguing, and while I enjoyed it, I feel like it could've Thank you to Page Street Publishing for a free copy of The Bone Thief in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed book one in this series, so I've been looking forward to this book for a while! The Bone Thief is a relatively quick read, the pacing was good and the story kept me engaged.. I feel like the character development was much better than in The Bone Charmer, and I liked Saskia more. The world building improved as well. The plot is intriguing, and while I enjoyed it, I feel like it could've been fleshed out even more. The series is definitely worth checking out!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jael Herondale

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Muy buena continuación, aquí vemos a una Saskia más madura pero también una que poco a poco se deja llevar por sus deseos de venganza y soledad ( en esta línea del tiempo no tiene más amigos que Ami y es huerfana, además Bran no está enamorado de ella lo que es aún peor pues ella si lo ama y tiene recuerdos de su otra vida, pero poco a poco se van acercando) me gustó que lo suyo con Bran no surja de la noche a la mañana y marqué muchísimas líneas entre ellos dos. Para las últimas páginas sentía Muy buena continuación, aquí vemos a una Saskia más madura pero también una que poco a poco se deja llevar por sus deseos de venganza y soledad ( en esta línea del tiempo no tiene más amigos que Ami y es huerfana, además Bran no está enamorado de ella lo que es aún peor pues ella si lo ama y tiene recuerdos de su otra vida, pero poco a poco se van acercando) me gustó que lo suyo con Bran no surja de la noche a la mañana y marqué muchísimas líneas entre ellos dos. Para las últimas páginas sentía que se me salía el corazón del miedo. Me gustó mucho la amistad entre todos ellos también.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Perla The IB Teen Book Blogger

    Saskia's story concludes in The Bone Thief! In this book you will find her return to Ivory Hall to commence her Bone Magic training. Readers join Saskia in the labyrinthine web of what timeline you are in and what relationships are from which. She has to partner Bram- who now has no connection to her- in the Bone Games. It's an exciting sprint to the finish. You'll definitely want to restart the series once you've turned that last page.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Jackson

    Breanna has a magical way of being able to tell multiple stories at once all while not loosing us in the process. Honestly, it's enchanting to be able to follow along through this strange world of bone magic. Usually I find books that have a back and forth on a time line either confusing or lacking but not with this. The excitement and depth are exhilarating while on the quest of merging the past, present and future.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kali Cole

    This book is stellar! I loved The Bone Charmer and this sequel was so much better! It took me a while to remember information from the first book, but the story just flowed so smoothly and I am very content with the ending. I loved how there is such a dynamic cast of characters that I haven’t seen in a novel in a long time. I can’t believe the story is over already. I love this story so much!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Erin Haggerty

    I adored this duo so much. Loved the magic system. Love the villain loved all of it. Another book full of surprises and shock. Pacing was once again perfect and I loved the authors ability to make me dislike Saskia and then watch her transform back into the girl I fell in love with from the first book. Such a understated gem this series!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I just really didn't enjoy this as much as the first book partly because it felt like we were repeating one of the paths from the first book but two of the characters had lost their spark. So it was like reading a lesser version of that path.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kelcey

    4.5 stars

  24. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Fondriest

    3.5 - rtc Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy of this novel. All opinions are, as always, my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alexa Abee

    You can check out this review and my other reviews at Writing the Universe Title: The Bone Thief Author: Breeana Shields Pub. Date: May 26, 2020 Rating: 5 This will be a spoiler free review. What the hell am I supposed to do now? I just finished this book – like 10 minutes ago, and I’ve been wandering around aimlessly trying to gather my thoughts and feelings. Y’all, I can’t gather them. I’m at a loss. I loved this book. I blew through it and would have blown through it in one sitting if I hadn’t bee You can check out this review and my other reviews at Writing the Universe Title: The Bone Thief Author: Breeana Shields Pub. Date: May 26, 2020 Rating: 5 This will be a spoiler free review. What the hell am I supposed to do now? I just finished this book – like 10 minutes ago, and I’ve been wandering around aimlessly trying to gather my thoughts and feelings. Y’all, I can’t gather them. I’m at a loss. I loved this book. I blew through it and would have blown through it in one sitting if I hadn’t been buddy reading it with a friend. Do you know how hard it is to read a fantastic book a few chapters at a time? Incredibly. Just like The Bone Charmer, Breeana whisks you away into this world, with these characters and the stakes are higher than ever. Saskia is racing against a clock to stop Latham. Her world has changed, once again, and navigating it and reconciling with emotions is proving to be a bit of a challenge. She doesn’t have time to waste as her fears come to light and it’s up to her to face him. As I was reading this, I could feel Saskia’s growing fear and tension. I felt like I was right there with her, experiencing everything. I could feel my own panic rising in my chest. Then I got to the end of chapter 20, and if it hadn’t been like 2 AM, I would have screamed. I yelled at my reading buddy the next day because I had to wait for her to catch up. I also yelled, because I just barely stopped myself from finishing the book. The end of Chapter 20 is * mind blowing * and it took all my willpower to not read ahead. Let’s talk about the freaking romantic tension and unrequited love between Bram and Saskia. So damn good. Breeana did such a fantastic job at the chemistry between the two of them. Saskia’s longing (if you’ve read book 1, you’ll know what’s up and everything that happened between them) and denial of what she wants from him. Bram’s confusion over how Saskia occasionally reacts around him. By the middle of the book, I just wanted to push them together and make them kiss. I truly enjoyed how the group came together and supported each other. I loved how they cared for each other and just became this really close-knit group. Watching how Saskia bonded with each of them and how her relationship with each of them grew was wonderful. For someone who has lost so much, to see her find new relationships was so fun. As for the ending – overall, I enjoyed it. I liked how everything played out, but I thought it felt a little rushed. The rushed feeling came with this kind of anticlimactic feeling. I had no idea how Breeana was going to end this book. Hell, I had no idea what Latham’s plan was. I had no expectations of what I though the ending was going to be, and yet, I feel a tad disappointed. Ugh, I feel like crap for saying that. Maybe I’m just bummed that this story is now over and the only time I’ll get Bram and Saskia again, is when I reread. I wish there was more. Obviously, this doesn’t wreck my rating for the book or my absolute love for the duology. I will rave about these books until everyone has read them. So, go read them…or at least The Bone Charmer, since it’s already out. I want to clarify that I thoroughly loved the final chapter in this book, and I’m really bummed we don’t get to see more, but I’m so happy with what happens. It’s the final confrontation that I’m a little disappointed about. But it works well and makes sense with the character journeys. The Bone Charmer is one of my new favorites and a definite 2020 favorite. If you haven’t read it yet, you really need to. It’s a fantastic book that too many people are sleeping on. The duology as a whole is fantastic as well, and Breeana a phenomenal writer. She transports you right into the world she’s created, and you don’t want to put the book down until you’ve finished it. I’m really excited for Breeana’s next project, it sounds amazing! Until then, I might just have to do some rereading, because it’s only been maybe an hour, and I’m already missing these characters. The Bone Thief comes out at the end of the month, so you still have time to get caught up!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Bennett

    Thank you to the publisher for sending me an arc to review. All opinions are my own. I am so thankful I was able to read this before publication. I absolutely loved the first book. It was so easy to get caught up into the story the author created. With any sequel, I was hesitant to pick it up. I never want to be disappointed. Luckily, this book was everything I wanted it to be and more! The format is different for this one than the first and although it doesn’t have that uniqueness it still isn’t Thank you to the publisher for sending me an arc to review. All opinions are my own. I am so thankful I was able to read this before publication. I absolutely loved the first book. It was so easy to get caught up into the story the author created. With any sequel, I was hesitant to pick it up. I never want to be disappointed. Luckily, this book was everything I wanted it to be and more! The format is different for this one than the first and although it doesn’t have that uniqueness it still isn’t hard to become enveloped in Saskia’s pursuit of justice. Saskia remains so strong but it could also be the revenge keeping her that way. I would feel the same if I had to go through what she has. Even when she feels like everything is out of her control she has the best people around her to make sure she stays safe and do what needs done to bring down the villain. I was so happy to see those she knew from book one come back and be right at her side even if they had no idea they knew her before. There was a moment between them all where it talked about family and I just couldn’t help but smile and be filled with happiness. The plot continues a few weeks where book one left off. There are plot twists laced throughout that I definitely didn’t see coming. It’s how I like them! I wasn’t sure where the villain’s story would head but I think that it was done nicely and didn’t take away from him being so cunning/evil when his background story was told. I can’t write this review without talking about the relationship. I am always so pleased when relationships don’t take up the entire book, are slow coming, and just hit you right in the feelings. Everything ended perfectly and the last seen was honestly the highlight of it all. I even shed a few tears. Overall, if you haven’t read this duology yet, go do it! It has become one of my favorites and I can’t wait to read more from this author because I am hooked!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Miranda

    Saskia returns and must train to win one more fight with Latham. This picks right up where book 1 left off. Saskia is still grieving her losses and trying to move on, but she also knows she is the only one who can stop Latham while at the same time seeking her revenge for all he has done to her and her family. This was a fantastic conclusion. Highly recommended as a series and will definitely watch for future works from Shields.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sue Ambrose

  29. 5 out of 5

    Josh Nicole

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

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