The Bone Charmer

The Bone Charmer

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’...

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Title:The Bone Charmer
Author:Breeana Shields
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The Bone Charmer Reviews

  • Katie Nelson

    A captivating story that will leave you eager for more!

    In a world where seventeen-year-olds are assigned a future based on a kenning, or reading of the bones, Saskia gets in an argument with her mother and breaks one of the bones, splintering her future into two different paths. The story unfolds following each timeline, alternating between the two possible futures for Saskia. The novel explores the themes of fate versus choice, as well as the sacrifices we make for the ones we love. I was fasci

    A captivating story that will leave you eager for more!

    In a world where seventeen-year-olds are assigned a future based on a kenning, or reading of the bones, Saskia gets in an argument with her mother and breaks one of the bones, splintering her future into two different paths. The story unfolds following each timeline, alternating between the two possible futures for Saskia. The novel explores the themes of fate versus choice, as well as the sacrifices we make for the ones we love. I was fascinated by both of Saskia’s futures, and by both boys vying for her heart. In both timelines, Saskia uncovers secrets and dark magic that threaten her present and her future, and she must draw on reserves of internal strength to survive.

    With both a tightly-woven plot and an intense beating heart, The Bone Charmer will keep you breathlessly reading until the final page.

  • Isabella K.

    I was one of the lucky people who got to read this book early. The Bone Charmer is an intriguing fantasy that I just couldn’t put down! It’s thought-provoking and romantic in all the right ways. Easily in my top 5 favorite books!

  • Brenda Drake

    I really enjoyed this Sliding Doors-esque story. The two timelines Saskia ends up in were both so intriguing that they kept me turning the pages. Bram totally stole my heart! The magic, world, and characters are well-crafted and compelling. I loved how The Bone Charmer explores the consequences of choices and their outcomes. The Bone Charmer is a gripping read that will charm you and keep you up late at night reading until the end.

  • Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)

    PLEASE tell me there will be a sequel to this!! RTC!

  • Sheila Goicea

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    Death, Murder, Overall morbid vibe with the theme of bones

    See this full review along with others on my blog at

    Death, Murder, Overall morbid vibe with the theme of bones

    To be completely honest, I’ve never read anything quite like it.

    is creative, exploratory, and crafty. You’ll notice that my review for this book will be shorter than my normal reviews, because I just don’t want to spoil anything for anyone (which, should be everyone) who picks up this book! It’d be very difficult to talk about certain topics without it becoming spoilery, so I just won’t.

    Saskia is the protagonist. Living in the town of Midwood, in a world where the bones of ancestors hold sway for

    , life looks very different.

    Saskia comes from a family of Bone Charmers--those who have the ability to read the past, present, and/or future depending on their sight ability. First sight is past, second sight the present, and third sight is the future. In this world, Bone Charmers are the most esteemed--as they are the “guides” for people of the community. When adolescents reach the age of seventeen, they are matched with their future apprenticeships through the Kenning--as well as their future partner.

    Not having much experience with the Sight herself, Saskia’s afraid that her abilities will cause her to do harm instead of good. Her mother has the third sight, and can see into the future, which obviously causes issues for Saskia’s future. She and her mother have differing opinions of what she should pursue. After her Kenning, Saskia disagrees with her mother about the path that was chosen for her, and she ends up breaking a bone that was used in the reading of her future--also done by her mother. When the bone breaks, Saskia also has to live out the two different paths--the one her mom chose for her, and the one she chose for herself--until her fate is decided.

    It was really hard to feel attached to characters because they simply weren’t fleshed out.

    There are several elements of this world that sounded amazing from the few descriptions given, but that was it! I want

    .

    Despite this, I really enjoyed this book. The ending is set up for a sequel, so I will anxiously be looking forward to that!

    None that I recall.

    Minimal.

    Quite a bit--considering there is a murder scene.

    ★★★★

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  • Jessica

    So very impressed with this book! It took me a few chapters to really settle into the way that Breeana Shields wanted to tell this story, but once I was there I was hooked. Saskia's life has has always been dictated by bone reading. Each moment painstakingly created so that she'll stay on the path to her happiest life. That is, until it's her turn to find her true calling. I can't remember if I knew that this book was about to split into two stories, or not, but I can tell you that it's a wonder

    So very impressed with this book! It took me a few chapters to really settle into the way that Breeana Shields wanted to tell this story, but once I was there I was hooked. Saskia's life has has always been dictated by bone reading. Each moment painstakingly created so that she'll stay on the path to her happiest life. That is, until it's her turn to find her true calling. I can't remember if I knew that this book was about to split into two stories, or not, but I can tell you that it's a wonderful way to navigate Saskia's journey.

    First off, let me be the first to assure you that there is no love triangle in The Bone Charmer. You have no idea how happy that made me, since that's one of my pain points in YA lately. Instead, there are two very seperate romances here. As Saskia's life splits off, one road leading to what she believed she wanted and one road leading to what her mother believed was best for her, these two romances grow in very different ways. I absolutely loved how Shields doesn't shy away from putting Saskia through all manner of trials. As she follows each of these paths, she learns more and more about herself, her mother, and the two boys who she has been matched two. The idea that we don't always know what is best for us, even if we are so sure of it, is heavily featured in this story. It's perfection.

    It's honestly tough to say too much more about the plot without giving anything important away, so I'll start focusing on the world building instead. In Saskia's world, as I mentioned above, bone readings are part of life. Matches, both with jobs and with romantic partners, are an essential part of a person's future. It was fascinating watching the way that this played out, in a place like Midwood. Much like our own world, the people with the most money always seemed to have an advantage over those who were poorer. The fact that Saskia's mother, the bone charmer herself, was so upset about that made me smile. This book speaks of "wild magic" and how it used to grow without monetary interference. As I found my way through Saskia's story I saw how that could both help, and hurt, a civilization. There's a lot of deep thoughts in this book, hidden in a way that almost makes them invisible. I loved every minute of it.

    Was this book perfect? Perhaps not. There were a lot of things I wished for more of. I wanted more time with Saskia's potential matches. I would have loved more background on Saskia's family, and especially on her amazing mother. While the magic system was fairly well fleshed out, I also wished there would have been more time spent with Saskia as she learned to grow her abilities. I do believe that this is the first book in a series though, so I have hope! There's still time for all of this to become a reality.

    Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my read through of this book! I'd recommend it to those out there who love "sliding doors" stories, and are looking for something without a love triangle. You might just enjoy it as much as I did.

  • Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]

    I had pretty high hopes for this one, but I'm quite disappointed:

    This book reminded me strongly of Tessa Gratton's

    - the heroine,

    , is the daughter of the town's leading Bone Charmer, a witch who uses bones to see the future. But when a bone-reading to see her future goes wrong, Saskia becomes trapped in two realities. In one reality, she's been paired w

    I had pretty high hopes for this one, but I'm quite disappointed:

    This book reminded me strongly of Tessa Gratton's

    - the heroine,

    , is the daughter of the town's leading Bone Charmer, a witch who uses bones to see the future. But when a bone-reading to see her future goes wrong, Saskia becomes trapped in two realities. In one reality, she's been paired with

    , a boy she's spent her life being terrified of; in another, she's with

    , a boy she used to love but is now acting suspiciously.

    In both realities, she's in danger.

    Okay, so first of all:

    .

    There are a whole bunch of bone magics available - in addition to bone charming, there's bone breaking, bone singing, etc. I struggled to keep these different areas clear in my head. It doesn't help that each individual bone magic seems to have a bunch of other names too, e.g. bone singers are also called Watchers. Even Saskia's own area of expertise, bone charming, wasn't always explained very well; I have absolutely no idea of how the other areas work.

    The physical worldbuilding was also poor. Nothing about this fantasy country is described. What's their system of government? Who rules them? Are there other countries in this universe? If not, why not? The character names were all clearly Anglicised, but

    That includes characters. I know Declan and Bram are blond and dark-haired, respectively, and I think Saskia is blonde too. But

    In fact, I'm not sure I'd even say there's a romance. We honestly learn nothing about Declan, let alone his motivations, and she barely interacts with Bram.

    There must be a sequel planned, because the ending was extremely open and non-conclusive, but I'm not sure I have enough interest to read it.

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  • Hannah Greendale

    DNF at page 77. This is following some all-too-familiar paths with love interests and is simultaneously going nowhere. Really wanted to get lost in this tale of bone magic and blood, but it’s too uneventful to push through any further.

    DNF at page 77. This is following some all-too-familiar paths with love interests and is simultaneously going nowhere. Really wanted to get lost in this tale of bone magic and blood, but it’s too uneventful to push through any further.

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    *Note: Quote taken from an Advanced Reading Copy.

  • Breeana Shields

    UPDATE 1/28: The cover for THE BONE CHARMER is live, and I couldn't be more excited! This gorgeous cover was designed by Kylie Alexander and illustrated by Mina Price. I love the exquisite attention to detail and how many of the story elements they captured in both of Saskia's realities.

    I hope you love the cover as much as I do, and I seriously can't wait to share this book with all of you!

  • Candace Robinson

    I really liked the author's Poison's Kiss duology, so when I saw this one was from her as well, I hopped right on to read it! The idea of the story line being dual POV from the same MC but with a different version of herself was a neat concept! 

    Have you ever wondered what your life would have been like if you'd taken a different path? I've often wondered that, and this story gave a cool glimpse into two separate paths with a fantasy spin on it! I'd have to say Saskia's bone charmer chapters were

    I really liked the author's Poison's Kiss duology, so when I saw this one was from her as well, I hopped right on to read it! The idea of the story line being dual POV from the same MC but with a different version of herself was a neat concept! 

    Have you ever wondered what your life would have been like if you'd taken a different path? I've often wondered that, and this story gave a cool glimpse into two separate paths with a fantasy spin on it! I'd have to say Saskia's bone charmer chapters were my favorite, though! And can I just say—Bram!

    The writing created quite the page turner, and there were twists and tons of interesting descriptions! Now, based on the ending I'm assuming there will be another book?

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