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The Heart Forger: The Bone Witch, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Complex monster/kingdom fantasy amps up gore.

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Fans of complex fantasy, witches, zombies, and palace intrigue will be excited to dig into this more mature sequel. The format stays the same as the last book, with flashes forward and back every other chapter. (With unnecessary italics used for the forward flashes.) The struggles are vastly different, with Tea's dark raising-the-dead witch training mostly complete. She's ready to cause some real trouble now, flirting with the power of a forbidden book of runes and getting booted from a kingdom, with the prince's handsome bodyguard -- who swears he hates her -- in tow.

Sometimes it's hard to keep all the kingdoms and characters straight. And sometimes the writing goes overboard with the mystery -- it's OK to cut out some of the complexity sometimes in favor of clarity, even in a story trying to sound epic. But it's well worth immersing yourself into this rich world where so much is at stake at all times: Tea's sanity, her brother's existence, whole kingdoms under corrupt rule, a magical tradition that heals and protects vs. one steeped in evil and darkness. Readers will be eager to see what happens to Tea and this troubled world next.

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