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The Bone Thief

(The Bone Charmer #2)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  166 ratings  ·  49 reviews
“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
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 26th 2020 by Page Street Kids
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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
Zoe L.
May 22, 2020 added it
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
Jenny (Bookbookowl)
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
E. Noelle
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book was alright, but the first one was better. I waited two years to read it, so I was a bit disappointed when it wasn’t as interesting as I’d hoped. It was just slow and kinda dull to the point where I was wading through chapters and the plot wasn’t very impressive. However, I enjoyed the side characters (especially Talon and Tessa) and Breeana Shield’s lovely writing style will always draw me in.
Paige Green
May 20, 2020 rated it liked it
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

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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
Jun 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, duology
-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
Nikole Clow
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
At the end of The Bone Charmer, we saw Saskia’s two futures become one. Now, she returns to Ivory Hall to participate in The Bone Games, which is made to help test Saskia (but it turns out to seem like her own personal torture). She teams up with her friends and Bram, the boy she loves, to pass The Bone Games and defeat Lathan once and for all. But Saskia learns that it’s not just her future and her friends that are at stake – it’s also the past. As Latham works to gain the ability of all three ...more
Aug 05, 2020 rated it liked it

I was less impressed with the second book in this series than I was with the first. The appeal of the first novel was seeing two timelines play out, and now that there’s only one timeline, the singular story became a little dull. Watching Saskia go to school took up the majority of the first half of the book, and it felt like we started at the beginning again. I was also frustrated by all the time spent on Saskia pining over Bram and the fact that she wouldn't just come clean to him about eve
Destiny Henderson
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good twists and turns, adventure, and a strong emphasis on friendship! A bit weak on the romance and villain motivation. Saskia was horrible and obsessively focused on her task yet I didn't hate her. I also think some characters were underused like Niklas. Still, the pacing was great.

In the midst of Saskia's quest for revenge, the apprentices have bone games, different trials they must complete for their studies. I enjoyed the first one because it dealt with morality and the law, whereas the sec
Samantha Hastings
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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

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
D. Page

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 fleshed 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 enough to keep me engaged in the story. I was excited to explore the magic system more in this book. I was excited to solely follow Saskia’s t
Jan 09, 2021 rated it liked it
I had finished The Bone Charmer a year ago and been wanting to read this book ever since then. The first book was one of the best books I read last year and one of my favorite high fantasy novels. I had ended my review of that book with hopes and concerns because the end of the first book signaled a total shift in format to that of a more traditional high fantasy book, which is exactly what happened. Shields's masterful use of parallel universe POVs was what made the first book so gripping. With ...more
Nannette Demmler
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
gwendalyn _books_
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing

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
Staci Campbell
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing

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
Stephanie Ward
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Chelsies Reading Escape
The main character Saskia has lost so much and where many people would lose hope she keeps on fighting. Saskia is set on the path of revenge where she realizes she has more in common with the villain then shes comfortable with. It really frustrates me when miscommunication is used to cause tension, especially in a romance. I dont find it very believable that Saskia would avoid hearing Bram out. Human nature doesnt typically work that way. I preferred the romance between Saskia and Bram in the fi ...more
This book is a train wreck. I didn’t think the second in the series could be worse than the first, but oh was I wrong. I don’t even like rating things this low, but I haven’t felt like I’ve read a series with such wasted potential in a very long time.

Saskia is an incredibly unlikable protagonist. I can’t even call her a heroine because she just ISN’T. She repeatedly puts those who’ve helped her in danger, and compromised their future in order to get what she wants. She’s angry at Bram for not be
Kasey Giard
I have lots of feelings about this book. First, I loved the characters. Saskia and her friends are all great, and I loved following their stories. The choices that Saskia has to make were heartbreaking and I felt myself holding my breath so many times as she wrestled with which path to take and what the right thing truly was.

I’m a latecomer to this duology– I haven’t read the first book. I do this fairly often, and I don’t mind it. Occasionally the story is such that you really need to read the
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 ...more
J.L. Slipak
Jan 02, 2021 rated it liked it
“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 t
Erica B (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'
Megan Jackson
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy, romance
I love these books. I know they won't be everyone's cup of tea, and at times the plot gets a little convoluted, but I'm usually pretty content to just hang on for the ride if I'm enjoying myself. And I really enjoyed myself! The world building was delightfully strange and unique and a little sparse (which I like), and we get just enough time with the side characters that I love them and want to take care of them.

Readers who get bored with a lot of inner dialogue about romantic feelings and year
Megan Oneail
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was provided with an eARC of this book in exchange for a fair review.

A GREAT sequel for a super underappreciated duology! I feel like this book (and its predecesor) dont get nearly the hype they deserve. Saskia is such a great MC and I really love how this story has played out. In book 1 we saw her life timeline split and then rejoin (sort of...), and now we see the result of that. We see Saskia try and reconcile the events that happened in her current timeline with the things she remembers fr
Cindy Kilbourne
May 26, 2020 marked it as to-read
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
Angie Taylor
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was so fun to get sucked into! The magic was do dang interesting. The Ivory-Hall setting and Saskia’s individual journey to vanquish her mortal enemy reminded me so much of Harry Potter. And I don’t say that lightly. The similarities had more to do with the feeling of camaraderie among friends, a unified goal to overcome challenges, a fascinating magic system, and incredibly enjoyable characters and twists and turns that kept me reading when I should have been sleeping. Such a perfect ...more
Perla The IB Teen Book Blogger
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
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. ...more
Jennifer Jackson
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
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Breeana Shields is an author of fantasy novels for teens including THE BONE CHARMER, THE BONE THIEF, POISON'S KISS, and POISON'S CAGE.

When she’s not writing, Breeana loves reading, traveling, and playing board games with her extremely competitive family. She lives near Washington D.C. with her husband, her three children, and two adorable, but spoiled dogs.

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