Hello everyone! Welcome to my blog tour stop for The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields. Sit back, get cozy, and let’s dive into this mystical world on bone magic, secrets, and deception!
About the Book
Title: THE BONE CHARMER
Author: Breeana Shields
Pub. Date: May 21, 2019
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
“I was absolutely swept away by the world of The Bone Charmer.” – Kendare Blake, #1 NYT Bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns
In Saskia’s world, bones are the source of all power. They tell the future, reveal the past, and expose secrets in the present. Each village has a designated seer who performs readings for the townsfolk, and in Midwood, the Bone Charmer is Saskia’s mother.
On the day of her kenning—a special bone reading that determines the apprenticeships of all seventeen-year-olds—Saskia’s worst fears come true. She receives an assignment to train as a Bone Charmer, like her mother, and even worse, a match-making reading that pairs her with Bram—a boy who has suspicious tattoos that hint of violence.
Saskia knows her mother saw multiple paths for her, yet chose one she knew Saskia wouldn’t want. Their argument leads to a fracture in one of the bones. Broken bones are always bad luck, but this particular set of bones have been infused with extra magic, and so the break has devastating consequences—Saskia’s future has split as well. Now she will live her two potential paths simultaneously. Only one future can survive. And Saskia’s life is in danger in both.
About the Author
Breeana Shields is an author of fantasy novels for teens including The Bone Charmer, Poison’s Kiss, and Poison’s Cage. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English.
When she’s not writing, Breeana loves reading, traveling, and playing board games with her extremely competitive family. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, her three children, and two adorable, but spoiled dogs.
The Bone Charmer tells the tale of Saskia, a girl who lives in a world where bones are the source of magic. There are various types of bone magic, but the most important type is Bone Charming, in which the past, present, or future can be seen. Saskia comes from a line of Bone Charmers, but doesn’t want to carry on with it. During the Kenning, which is a coming-of-age ceremony in which one’s career and romantic match are chosen, one of the bones used in the reading breaks, which causes Saskia’s future to split into two very different paths, both of which contain dangers.
The Bone Charmer is truly unlike any other fantasy novel I’ve ever read. It’s told from Saskia’s point of view throughout the entire thing, but when Saskia’s future splits, so does the narrative. From there on, we read the lives of two Saskia’s on two different paths. Both narratives were so compelling, and at each chapter break, I wanted to skip forward and continue reading that storyline. I did find one narrative to be a bit more interesting than the other, but I don’t want to give anything away. It’s a book you really need to experience for yourself. There were definitely things I didn’t expect to happen at all, with twists around every corner.
I really enjoyed that we got to see a strong, yet strained mother-daughter relationship in this book, since most fantasy novels typically have a protagonist out on their own. I also enjoyed that romance wasn’t a big element in this book. (I was worried there would be a weird, parallel world romance!) I liked that all of the characters had their own secrets and motivations. You never know who you can trust. 🙂
I’m deducting one star as I felt like one of the storylines lagged a bit and was less interesting than the other at some points. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed reading the bone charmer and can’t wait for the sequel to come out, because I need to know what happens next!
*Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an e-arc of this book. All opinions are my own.*
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