The Heart Forger
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 ...more
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1.) The Bone Witch ★★★★
“I suppose the trouble began again when I tried raising a king from the dead.”
This series means so much to me. I loved The Bone Witch so much, but The Heart Forger is now in a tier by itself. This is the type of book that makes you wish there were more than fives stars, because it just feels like it deserves something more. It was glorious perfection, and Tea is my favorite necromancer of all time. An ...more
Omg! I loved it! I still don't understand some things but who cares! And I will never forget starting the book while waiting to get my Pet CT scan all radiated up and drinking some stuff an hour before scan. I'm in the Upside Down!
It was so freaking good!! I want the next one now.
And this cover is even more beautiful then the first book. I wonder what the third book will look like!
Happy Reading Peeps!
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After procrastinating for the last few weeks, I'm glad to say I finished reading The Heart Forger and I loved it. Much better than the first book.
Tea's story from being this young girl discovering she's a necromancer to this dark anti-hero was so well and I want more.
Since this is a sequel, I won't go into that much detail about the plot, but I will say my overall thoughts and feelings.
So, was the Heart Forger better than The Bone Witch? Yes. There was a lot of improvement from the 1st bo ...more
2.) The Heart Forger ★★★.5
“It felt so wonderful and strange to know you are your own person but begin to understand how you could also belong to wholeheartedly to someone else.”
representation: own voices Filipino inspired, queer side characters, f/f side relationship.
[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]
trigger warnings: death, torture, imprisonment, war themes, gore, ...more
That was exceptional, if anyone would have told me when I read The bone witch that I would be a fan of this series I wouldn't have agreed. I started this series on a whim and I don't regret it. I think I'm finally getting closer to why she was exiled, I know of one reason now but not what escalated things.
That is the nature of grief. But to grieve means you have loved. To love opens up the possibility for grief. There cannot be ...more
The sequel to The Bone Witch, a fantasy series that I started last year but that I had obviously forgotten that I struggled with the storyline. But I had stated in my review of book one that I was intrigued enough to see where Rin Chupeco would take Tea, her brother Fox, Kance/Kalen/Khalad, and the rest of the cast. We have the future Tea telling her tale to the Bard and the past story in each chapter. I must confess that ...more
This sequel is a huge step up from The Bone Witch in terms of the pacing, the characters, the plot and the world building. Tea Pahlavi's journey along with her friends was action-packed and thrilling. I'm invested with all the events happened here and you'll feel the war brewing. Truly atmospheric and the characters stood out individually without overshadowing our main protagonist, Tea Pahlavi.
Tea is a remarkable anti-heroine. S ...more
The Bone Witch Series
1.) The Bone Witch ★★★.5
2.) The Heart Forger ★★★★.5
You know... I was reading over the synopsis on Goodreads just now and feel like it really doesn't hold a flame to the events in this novel. Yet here I sit.. unable to come up with an adequate synopsis myself. So let's just cut to the chase--If you are reading this review, then you have more than likely already read The Bone Witch. You know the clifhanger. You know where the story is headed. You know the reasons you are p ...more
Stars (Out of 10): 10/10 Stars
I’ve taken a while to finally get to this review, but I still don’t think I’ll be able to properly vocalize how I feel about this book, and a series as a whole.
This sequel contains everything I loved about book 1, and even more. We’ve got the flip flopping past and present POVs, the same characters and tenuous relationships, and both Tea and the Bard narrate as well. What’s added is more action, more plot ...more
I really tried. The first book seemed like an introduction but it continues into this one. The past never catches up to the present events and I was left confused 90% of the time. I just don't care enough to continue and it wasted enough of my time. Such a shame, I thought I finally found a decent witch book.
“Write her a good story, Bard. They say the best tales spare no mercy and spare no lies.” He paused. “But spare her anyway.”
I don’t know why everyone isn’t raving about this trilogy. Honestly, this is one of the best YA fantasy stories I’ve ever read. I liked The Bone Witch, it was a pretty solid first book, but I loved The Heart Forger way more.
The 12-years-old girl who accidentally resurrected her brother from the dead in the first book is now a young woman and a powerful Dark asha. As in
The plot is s ...more
This is such a change from the first book. (I’m not complaining, mind you) but it doesn’t even feel like the same author.
This was really good.
The first book was so incredibly SLOW! Purple prose, detail detail detail, all world building. There were teases of a story in the first book but nothing really happened. A girl trained to be an asha (magical fighting geisha) would be the most basic summary.
This book however is ...more
I love that I’m never ever right about anything when it comes to this, forever making predictions of what’s to come and I’m always wrong!
I really really enjoy the pacing going between past and present, the building and downfalls of relationships, it’s just so well executed. I genuinely find it difficult to put it down! Looking forward to reading The Shadow Glass next month because I have no idea what to exp ...more
The world bu ...more
“What's one more lie to believe when I am just a scheming, murderous bone witch, constantly seeking stars beyond her reach?”
4.5 stars. The Heart Forger is a worthy second book to The Bone Witch and continues to be Rin Chupeco at her absolute best. Interestingly enough, after rereading this and the previous book, my previous opinion has flipped: I love both of these books, but I honestly love The Bone Witch just the slighte ...more
Update (07 Jan 2019):
I now have hardbound copies of the first two books, and I've decided to reread them before diving into my ARC of The Shadow Glass.
My initial review already nicely summarizes how much I loved The Heart Forger. This book is straight up perfection, really. However, I think it's worth noting that I never expected to love the romantic development in this sequel so much? Tea and her love interest (I won't be dropping names, as it spoils the first book) are so adorable together! I ...more
Which is such a shame as I absolutely LOVED the first one with a passion, wrote it a glowing review, have been recommending it to everyone, and have been eagerly waiting to see what would happen next for about year and a half.
Now I wouldn’t say this was a BAD book.
It’s perfectly fine.
It just didn’t at all match up to my fierce love of the first book. ...more
It says March 20th but I saw this at my local bookstore yesterday when I went to by To Kill a Kingdom, so I guess the store went with the original March 1st release date?
This is one of those books where I think I will need to skim/re-read the first book again to remember what happened. Because I read the first book well over a year ago and so everything is a bit of a blur.
While I liked the original blue cover, I think I like this new gray-white-red themed one more. And thankfully, it s ...more
*I received a free copy of [title] from [publisher] via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *The Heart Forger is an amazing fantasy story, and I have to say I'm surprised by how much I loved it!
I was so curious about The Heart Forger, even if I didn't fall in love with The Bone Witch, I was very curious as to what would happen in this second installment. And I was wow ...more
Tea has finally completed her army of the dead and daeva, and with Kalen and the Bard with her, she is finally read to star her war. As Tea and her army march towards Daanoris to begin her revenge, Tea continues explaining her story to the Bard starting from the time when Prince Kance fell ill with the sleeping sickness, and Tea was bl ...more
Despite an unsettling resemblance to Japanese revenants, Rin always maintains her sense of hummus. Bo ...more