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The Heart Forger

(The Bone Witch #2)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  2,989 ratings  ·  499 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, 528 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. And Rin Ch
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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
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 ~ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic
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
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 pick
Tara ☽
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
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
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
5 stars

- I loved it I loved it I loved it. It wasn't slow at all. The tone is slow and languid, but this time the actual plot doesn't drag. There was action and death and lots and lots of magic and court politics (which I lovee)
- The writing again is so beautiful. It's lush and descriptive and beautiful. The characters are so complex and layered. Plus there are so many important messages that you can draw from the book! 
- I love Tea! She's the perfect protagonist. She's extremely flawed too. She
Samantha Clysdale
I don't know if I can wait a whole year for the next book.
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
Raquel Flockhart
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-shelf
“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 Th

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.
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
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
Lexxie (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 wowed
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This whole series is glorious - I know book 1 gets some flack and mixed reviews - but I adored it - and this book is the perfect next book in the series - I totally thought this was a duology so I expected a conclusion the whole time I read this book - but it set it up so nicely for another book - I can't wait to find out what happens next. I want one of her "pets", literally I keep imagining how it would be to control something like that and it's so fascinating. I love Tea she's one of my favou ...more
I loved The Bone Witch so The Heart Forger was high up on my wish list for 2018 releases and I'm happy to say it surpassed all expectations. It took all the things I loved about the first book and then ramped them up to an even higher level, this book was much faster paced, had far more action, lots of twists and some fantastic monsters. I know some people didn't like the the slower pace of the first book but I thought that Rin Chupeco laid a brilliant foundation and helped to create a fascinati ...more
Under the Covers Book Blog
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Tea’s adventure continues in the Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco.  As tea becomes more powerful, she takes on the responsibility of saving the kingdom but with revenge in mind. She’s definitely not the same girl who had just discovered she can raise the dead.  

Tea tells her story of how she became consumed with her magic and how she continues to figh
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book, my little heart could not take it. ♡

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
Aneta Bak
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, arc
I adored The Bone Witch, but I absolutely fell in love with The Heart Forger. This book was everything I wanted and more. I can't even describe how perfect it was.

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
Lilly (Lair Of Books)
Buddy Read with Melanie <3 <3 <3! Inhale reading & LOVING every minute of it! Full blown Necromancy, one of the BEST sibling relationships, a flying dragon, vivid imagery, and a MC walking the line between good & evil! I need all of Rin Chupeco's books *extended hands* :)

UPDATE———> this was EVERYTHING & MORE than I could’ve ever asked for from a sequel!!! RTC on LAIR OF BOOKS (Link is in the bio)
Feb 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
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Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book Review
The Heart Forger, Rin Chupeco
"Life isn't fair, dear one. And sometimes, neither is death. "
Second in The Bone Witch series, The Heart Forger begins where the previous story ended. Tea, a bone/asha/dark witch, in exile, has gathered her army of daeva to attack Daanoris. With the Bard and her lover, Kalen,they march. Tea wants revenge for all the wrongs heaped on here by Kion, Odalia, Faceless, Elders..its a long list. No spoilers here! There are battles and surprise twists in
michelle (magicalreads)
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, arcs, reviews, 2018-again
Sooooo it's been a bit since I've finished The Heart Forger and I'm still so in shock. I was lucky enough to read The Bone Witch as an ARC last year, and I wholeheartedly loved it. I was so excited for the sequel, and I was not disappointed! It's been almost a year since I've started this blog and The Bone Witch was actually one of the first reviews I posted, so this is really fitting.

This book continues in the same style as the first one where there's a past Tea and a present one. The two point
Clephiro (The Book Coven)
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, fantasy, arc
This book was just such an absolute pleasure to read. Rin Chupeco somehow made her second book even more captivating than her first. The Heart Forger continues the elegant tale set out in The Bone Witch, utilizing her distinct style of storytelling which alternates between past and present.

Considering that this is the second book in a trilogy, I was not expecting it to be nearly as action packed as it was. Now that Tea is done the majority of her training, things pick up a lot in the past seque
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
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: publisher-sent
I enjoyed this installment a lot more than the first. I think now that we are introduced to all of the characters, the story finally has room to expand and move. It seems that Tea, the bone witch, hovers between being a villain and a hero, and there's a love story brewing that I cheered for, as I ship these two characters together very much. The bard's story makes more sense in this installment, but it is an odd mesh of future and present that I still don't know if it works for me. The world has ...more
I’m such a huge fan of this series. Seriously. There are so many things to love, particularly the transformation of Tea, the Bone Witch, but the highlights for me are the sheer darkness of the story - from the dark magic and the resurrection of the dead, to the daeva, to the potential for darkrot and the depravity that comes along with it. But hands down, my favorite aspect of this story is the nonlinear narrative and how slowly, ever-so-slowly, the past and the present are coming together. This ...more
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