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The Heart Forger

(The Bone Witch #2)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  9,570 ratings  ·  1,198 reviews
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
Hardcover, 503 pages
Published March 20th 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire
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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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $1.99 Kindle US 11/16/19

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!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars

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
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
1.) The Bone Witch ★★★★
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,
Deborah Obida
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
“Life isn’t fair, dear one. And sometimes, neither is death.”

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
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, kindle, series
Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review.

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
Beatrice Masaluñga
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, arc
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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
Aoife - Bookish_Babbling
Ack I've deffo left it too long to write any semblance of what passes for a "coherent review" from me...going to give it whirl & hope it'll be somewhat shorter than my usual deluge 🙊

This continues the interlocking dual timeline storytelling which I found super compelling and is much more action/character driven than the descriptive world building of the first book. I really loved seeing all the characters relationships build and blossom as events unfold.

Lol'ing at my "love geometry" commemt when
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Update (14 Nov 2020):

My third time reading this book and here I am, broken and still crying over the same scenes.

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 mu
DNF-ing it at 60%.
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.
Kaycee Bowick (Off_The_Press)

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
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
“Life isn’t fair, dear one. And sometimes, neither is death.”

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
Eliza ☽
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'll be honest, I didn't remember much about The Bone Witch when I started reading this. I read that last year, and I all I remembered was that it was enjoyable but not all that memorable. To my surprise, I found that everything came rushing back once I started reading The Heart Forger. I enjoyed this book much more than TBW; I was totally engrossed in it, staying up past 3am because I just had to know what would happen next. It got me thinking that maybe I just wasn't in the right mood when I r ...more
BAM Endlessly Booked
6-25-19 don't remember this book so I'm rereading before #3

Audiobook #213

Feb 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
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Raquel Flockhart
“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

♡ gillian⁷
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Y'all better stop sleeping on this series, please! ...more
Ughhhh... I’m just so upset that I took so long to pick up this trilogy. I can’t thank the hosts of YARC enough for encouraging me to pick up more Asian authored books and I can confidently say that I’ll be continuing to read them long after this challenge is over. And I also have to thank my dear friend Krisha @ Bookathon for gushing a lot about this trilogy and finally making me read it. I’m so glad to finally have joined this bandwagon because The Heart Forger is truly brilliant.

The plot is s
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
This book was a continuation of The Bone Witch so my opinions are much of the same, aside from the fact that it took me longer to get into the first book. We have a bit more insight into why Tea became the way she is but a few a pieces are still missing to get the full picture and I'm excited to find out more!! ...more
Amanda Kratz
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actual rating 4.5 why won’t it let me add half a star ugh I need this to happen.

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
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Brilliant. I liked The Bone Witch well enough but The Heart Forger takes Tea's story to the next level.

- This book was such a pleasure to read. Considering my terrible reading slump right now, relatively speaking I whizzed through this.
- The story was addictive and the developments so compelling. The way that Chupeco executed the developments were amazing and so engaging.
- The dual narrative, oscillating between present day and the past as Tea tells her story, is brilliantly done.
- I really l
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely can’t wait to read the last book. This was so exciting and I finally got a little romance. There was so much going on I couldn’t put it down. The way she effortlessly switches from the past to the present is amazing. Sometime in books this wears me out, but I have found the opposite true in this case. I can’t stop reading
Jude: The Epic Reader
I love this one. Way more than the first one. I love Tea learning things by herself and becoming more powerful outside of the rules. I love it when my main characters start becoming morally grey. I loved most of the side characters though some annoyed me.
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
This was absolutely brilliant and definitely my favourite of the series so far! I adore the Asian-inspired fantasy world, filled with dark magic, necromancy, demons and intrigue. There's so many intriguing concepts like the dark asha (bone witches who can raise the dead), how Tea has familiars one of which is her brother (basically the walking dead), and heartsglasses that people wear that show their emotions. I also love the use of magical runes and learning different incantations.

The world bu
“Life isn’t fair, dear one. And sometimes, neither is death.”

“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
The Librarian Witch
Unfortunately this second instalment in The Bone Witch series was such a disappointment for me when compared with the first book.

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’s alright.
It just didn’t at all match up to my fierce love of the first book.
This series is incredible, genuinely looking to be one of my favourite series of the year.

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

Rep: South and Southeast Asian coded characters, mlm side character, wlw side characters, trans side character
Cindy ✩☽♔
Jul 28, 2017 marked it as to-read
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
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookviews
*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!

Review - (un)Conventional Bookviews
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
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