THE BONE CHARMER, by Breena Shields, Page Street Publishers


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.

Out May 2019

411 Pages


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

I thought since I hated the first books this author wrote finding huge issues regarding her background researching of cultures, in particular, errors… I thought, to be fair, I’d like to read something else this author wrote and give her another chance. So I got this one, started reading it… finished it and well, where to start.

Realistically speaking, this book should have been broken down differently with more time taken on developing the magic system used. It was incredibly difficult to follow and quite frankly full of information dumps that changed constantly as you read forward. Dual names, incomplete explanations and poorly developed structures, purposes and categories of magic left my head spinning.

There was potential and I was willing to write out the magic system to try and keep it all straight as I plodded along, however, when it came to the vague character development, unanswered questions regarding about their backstories and goals, that’s when I decided that the struggle to read anymore of this author’s work just wasn’t worth it. So it ends here.

I leave it up to you if you wish to pick up this book.

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