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The Shadowglass by Rin Chupeco
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it was amazing
bookshelves: dragons, fantasy, magic, paranormal, romance, young-adult, witches, own-voices, arc, read-in-2019, lgbtqiap


ARC provided by Sourcebooks in exchange for an honest review.

1.) The Bone Witch ★★★★
2.) The Heart Forger ★★★★★

“There are worse things than black heartsglass, Tea. Silver is just as capable of hate.”

Most of you know this The Bone Witch trilogy is a series I hold very close to my heart, but I truly have been looking at this word document for the last twenty minutes completely unable to start this review. I’m not ready to say goodbye, and I’m equal parts in denial that it’s over, but in awe of how perfect Rin Chupeco closed this series out. I am so thankful for these books, and I will truly carry them with me forever.

The Shadow Glass is the concluding book in an ownvoices Asian inspired fantasy series, that stars a bone witch named Tea who has the power to resurrect and control things, which she finds out in The Bone Witch when she accidentally resurrects her brother at his funeral. From there, Tea and her newly risen brother, Fox, go on a journey for Tea to learn about her asha powers, but they quickly feel and realize the expectations that all eight kingdoms are going to put on her.

In this world, all the people wear heartsglass around their necks. Your heartsglass will change colors depending on what you're feeling but will overall stay mostly the same color. Yet, silver means you draw runes and they are so very important and are so very sought after. Other ashas control elements; fire, earth, water, and wind. But Tea is a dark asha who can control death. Bone witches are not very respected in this world, even though their powers hold the most important job in this world; defeating Daeva, which are different demons who dwell in this world, who are resurrected every so often.

“The darkness was inside me, I think, long before I raised my brother from the dead. My silver heartsglass merely gave it a mouth, made the darkness realize that it too can hunger…”

This story is told in my favorite format ever, which is half of it being told in present day from a bard, where you see the ramifications of everything that has happened in the past, where Tea appears to be the villain, but the other half is the past, from Tea’s perspective, where we get to slowly see the events unfold to bring us up to date with current day. Two timelines brilliantly woven together to give us the most epic finale of all time and truly is a masterpiece.

I feel like I can’t say that much more of a synopsis, because this is the last book in a trilogy, but watching Tea grow, from this girl who was so unsure of her future and her new powers, to this woman who learned to love not only others, but also herself and this power that felt so uncontrollable, and it was an honor to read, truly. And seeing this new journey that Tea has to take for herself in The Shadow Glass was completely enthralling and such a treat to read.

“I knew that shadowglass spell; I had committed it to memory nearly two years ago, and it was now a mantra, buried so deep within my psyche that nothing could pull it loose. I had pored over those words for so long that sometimes they came easier to me than my own name.”

But I couldn’t write up this review and not talk about the romance and how it completely still leaves me weak in the knees. I would completely lay my life on the line for Tea and Kalen and they are honestly everything. Also, I am just such a sucker for the protector/bodyguard/personal-warrior element in romances, and I seriously will never stop swooning over them. Truly the stuff dream OTPs are made of.

I do want to take a minute and talk about the sexual and gender representation in this book! There is a side f/f romance, which you don’t get to see that much of in this installment, but I still love them with the sum of my being! But what I really want to talk about is Likh and her transition. In all three books, we see Likh discovering how fluid gender can be, yet also testing out the waters of new things because of the gender roles, and power imbalances, people place on so many things in the societies all these characters explore, but in this book she decides her pronouns and after that everyone instantly respects her pronouns and her transition and it’s truly beyond words beautiful.

Okay, so I feel like I should write up a little personal paragraph, even though I don’t want to take away anything from this masterpiece of a trilogy. Rin Chupeco pulls from many Asian inspirations, but as a biracial Filipino it just means the world to me to see a Filipino author not only writing books that are completely in my wheelhouse, but to really have it reflect so much of my culture. Then, I also get to see an Asian girl and her Asian brother be best friends and willing to sacrifice anything for one another, and if you’ve followed my reviews for a while, you will know my brother is my best friend in the entire world, and I would sacrifice anything for him, and I’m just weak and soft and it really means so much to me. But lastly, we really get to see Tea living during the good mental health days and living during some really terrible mental health days. Mental health and Tea’s guilt, grief, and trauma is never shied away from in this story, and to even see this in an Asian inspired fantasy story is enough for me to build a shrine to Rin right this instant.

“I will save the kingdoms, and I will save you in the process, and maybe I will save the bits and pieces of myself that need rescuing too.”

And I don’t have an eloquent way to say it, this ending broke me. I read the last twenty-percent of this book with tears streaming down my face. So much perfection. Overall, this really is the book of my heart, and Tea is the character of my soul, and Rin Chupeco truly wrote a love letter for every girl out there who wants to change the broken world that people think is the default. If you haven’t started this series yet, please give it a try. I truly love it with my whole heart and soul, and I truly think it is so very worth your time.

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Content and trigger warnings for violence, death, loss of a loved one, grief depiction, brief mention of past parental abuse, and war themes.

The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.


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Reading Progress

March 17, 2018 – Shelved
March 17, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
March 17, 2018 – Shelved as: dragons
March 17, 2018 – Shelved as: fantasy
March 17, 2018 – Shelved as: magic
March 17, 2018 – Shelved as: paranormal
March 17, 2018 – Shelved as: romance
March 17, 2018 – Shelved as: young-adult
March 17, 2018 – Shelved as: witches
March 17, 2018 – Shelved as: own-voices
June 22, 2018 – Shelved as: arc
February 19, 2019 – Started Reading
February 19, 2019 – Shelved as: read-in-2019
February 27, 2019 – Finished Reading
March 3, 2019 – Shelved as: lgbtqiap

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Shealea I just finished and I am wrecked.


gelowmichael crying right now T.T


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Wang Xiaoxi can u be my friend


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chix I'm so interested now !!!!


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Mandy I am afraid to read your review until I have read it! Just waiting for the release date so Amazon can send me my copy!


Lance I’m not ready for this finale omg


Melanie Shealea wrote: "I just finished and I am wrecked."

I am sitting down to write my review now and i'm like... how can I even do this justice? There are no words!! But I hope you're having happy reading currently, love! 💖xx


Melanie gelowmichael wrote: "crying right now T.T"

forever mood! 💖xx


Melanie Wang Xiaoxi wrote: "can u be my friend"

Yes! I'd be honored! 💖xx


Melanie chix wrote: "I'm so interested now !!!!"

This series is just such a blessing! I hope you enjoy it, love! 💖xx


Melanie Mandy wrote: "I am afraid to read your review until I have read it! Just waiting for the release date so Amazon can send me my copy!"

I'm starting to write it up now and... I don't even think anything I say is going to do it justice! I can't wait for you to fall in love with this conclusion though, love! Happy reading! 💖xx


Melanie Lance wrote: "I’m not ready for this finale omg"

Omg, I read it and I'm still not reading, love! Lmaooo! I hope you're having happy reading currently! Only a couple more days! 💖xx


message 13: by Ola (new)

Ola Quinn I so need to get to this series! I promise it's gonna be the nex I'll pick up after I finished Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares 🖤xx


Britt Such a beautiful review💗💗 it completely took me back to how I felt when I finished this series too. So in love and one of my all time favorites. It’s so underrated!! I can’t wait for my hard copy to finally arrive!😍


message 15: by Sumit (new)

Sumit RK Fantastic Review, Melanie!


Raquel Flockhart I love this review, Melanie! I’m not sure if I’m ready for this book because I know it’s going to break my heart. I finished The Heart Forger a couple of days ago and now I’m patiently waiting for my copy of The Shadowglass to arrive.

Also, I don’t understand why this trilogy is so underrated because I honestly think it’s one of the best YA fantasy stories out there. Rin Chupeco’s writing is beautiful and her characters and world-building are just perfect.


Melanie Ola wrote: "I so need to get to this series! I promise it's gonna be the nex I'll pick up after I finished Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares 🖤xx"

Awh! I hope you love it if you give it a try! 💖xx


Melanie Britt wrote: "Such a beautiful review💗💗 it completely took me back to how I felt when I finished this series too. So in love and one of my all time favorites. It’s so underrated!! I can’t wait for my hard copy t..."

Awh, you are so kind! Thank you so much for these sweet words! And I'm wishing you the happiest of reading, always, but especially for this one! 💖xx


Melanie Sumit wrote: "Fantastic Review, Melanie!"

Thank you so much, love! 💖xx


Melanie Raquel Flockhart wrote: "I love this review, Melanie! I’m not sure if I’m ready for this book because I know it’s going to break my heart. I finished The Heart Forger a couple of days ago and now I’m patiently waiting for ..."

Preach it, Raquel love! Yes, yes, yes! And I can't wait to gush with you after to finish this last one! Happy reading, always, beautiful! But especially for this one! 💖xx


message 21: by pris (new)

pris why did your review make me sad when I haven't even read the series yet? (I'm picking the first up from my library tomorrow though, I'm so excited lmao)


Aneta I've only skim-read this review so far but I can't wait to return to it very soon. I've bought The Bone Witch thanks to your reviews, just finished it yesterday and loved it so much! Thank you so, so much for the wonderful and loving way in which you recommended this series, it truly does feel very personal and special. 💕 I can already feel it going straight to my favourites while mercilessly stomping the remaining pieces of my heart into the ground.


Melanie pris wrote: "why did your review make me sad when I haven't even read the series yet? (I'm picking the first up from my library tomorrow though, I'm so excited lmao)"

Awh! Pris! Lmaooo! *Hamilton voice* just you wait! But happy reading, sweetheart! 💕xx


Melanie Aneta wrote: "I've only skim-read this review so far but I can't wait to return to it very soon. I've bought The Bone Witch thanks to your reviews, just finished it yesterday and loved it so much! Thank you so, ..."

It's equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming, I promise! You have to let me know how you feel when you finish them all, love! Happy reading! 💕xx


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Leigh i love it.at the start and the middle it was a bit scary but then i got over it.#1


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Leigh that blew the shit out me.you fucking rock girl


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