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The Bone Maker: A Novel por Sarah Beth Durst
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The Bone Maker: A Novel (edição 2021)

por Sarah Beth Durst (Autor)

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Título:The Bone Maker: A Novel
Autores:Sarah Beth Durst (Autor)
Informação:Harper Voyager (2021), 496 pages
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Twenty-five years after the five heroes defeated the evil Eklor they find out the victory wasn't quite what they thought it was. We have a real mid-life crisis here, with some interesting not-quite usual, but many that have become more standard, twists and bumps. And an interesting magic system. ( )
  quondame | May 10, 2021 |
THE BONE MAKER asks what happens after the heroic actions, the adulation, and the fame and after the story should be ended. Five people defeated an evil bone maker named Eklor twenty-five years earlier and then went their separate ways.

Jentt, who was the thief, died during the battle leaving his wife Kreya who was the group's leader bereft but determined to get her husband back. Zera returned to the seat of power and used her talents as a bone wizard to become rich but not happy. Marso was the bone reader. He couldn't deal with his visions after the battles were over and is now struggling to live. Stren was the warrior who managed to build a new life with a wife and children after the battle was over.

Kreya was a bone maker who could use bone to animate the inanimate. Since the battle, she has been studying books about the bone makers art because she was determined to find a way to make her husband live again. She needs bones and her blood to work her spell. But bones are not easy to come by. In fact, there is a major taboo in the society about bones which causes all who die to be burned to ash.

Kreya knows one possible source of bones - the battlefield where they defeated Eklor. But she needs help to get there. She tracks down Zera to make some of the talismans she needs if she is going to get the bones to reanimate her beloved Jentt. But Zera and Kreya discover something horrible on the battlefield. Eklor is still alive and still making the monsters that almost gave him victory in the last battle.

They need to get their original group back together to convince the leader of the Guild the Eklor is back and that new heroes need to be found to defeat him again. Only there are major problems with this plan...

I loved the storytelling. The worldbuilding was intriguing and the characters well-rounded. I liked the mythology. I liked Kreya's willingness to pay any cost to get her husband back even it it meant defying every taboo and breaking any law. There was a lot of philosophy in this story about the costs of choices and the consequences of them.

Fans of intriguing fantasy about what happens after "the end" will enjoy this thought-provoking story. ( )
  kmartin802 | Feb 21, 2021 |
Series Info/Source: This is a stand alone fantasy that I got from NetGalley to review.

Story (5/5): It was fun to read about heroes that are later in life and I really loved the bone magic throughout. There was a lot of wonderful adventure here and this was an excellent twist on the typical vanquishing ultimate evil type of storyline.

Characters (5/5): The characters are a big part of what makes this story amazing. The story focuses around five heroic warriors but initially mainly follows Kreya. Kreya lives in an isolated tower with her dead husband and bone creations. All the characters are intriguing and easy to engage with. I really enjoyed reading about them and watching them grow and change even though they were older and had already been through a lot.

Setting (5/5): I absolutely adored this world driven by bone magic. The setting itself is fairly typical fantasy, but the bone magic drives most of the world and adds a really intriguing aspect to the story.

Writing Style (5/5): As with all of Durst’s books this was very easy to read and the writing flowed well. There is excellent description throughout, the story was well paced, I really enjoyed the characters and the magic system. I loved that this was more of a classic fantasy adventure story but with a little twist. I love adventure fantasy but I feel like not a lot of good adventure fantasy is being written right now; this story was perfect for me!

My Summary (5/5): Overall I really loved this. I had high expectations for this story and they were all met. This is a great balance of fast-paced adventure, wonderful characters, an interesting magic system, and a classic “evil vs good” fantasy storyline with a bit of a twist. I loved it! Durst continues to be a must-pick-up author for me and I am so excited to see what she writes next! ( )
  krau0098 | Feb 12, 2021 |
Five warriors—one broken, one gone soft, one pursuing a simple life, one stuck in the past, and one who should be dead. Their story should have been finished. But evil doesn’t stop just because someone once said, “the end.”

The low-key premise reminded me of Roshani Chokshi's Gilded Wolves—obviously I was intrigued by this fantasy novel because of that alone and overall, this novel wasn't as impressive as I thought it would be.

Generally speaking, it was not terrible. Nor great. In layman's terms—meh...?

There was great potential there and I am a little surprised the author decided not to expand this to a series considering how each character brought something unique and fresh to the table, and of course, the short description below that initially won me over when picking up what I originally considered a gem:
“You’ve all heard the legends. There were five of us, tasked by the guild master to eliminate the threat posed by the rogue bone maker Eklor.” She held up one finger. “Kreya, our bone maker, a rising star in the guild, chosen for possessing a power that could rival Eklor’s— if she lived long enough to hone it.” A second finger. “Zera . . . that’s me, my loves.” Her audience cooed appreciatively, and Kreya rolled her eyes. “Bone wizard. Unknown until then, but soon to be unrivaled.” Third. “Marso, a bone reader, with a unique gift of seeing the truth of the past, present, and future that far exceeded the skills of other bone readers.” Four. “Stran, a warrior with experience in using bone talismans to enhance his already prodigious strength.” And five. “Jentt, a reformed thief, who specialized in using talismans of speed and stealth to win his battles.”

“The legend says that the guild master tasked five, but he did not. He tasked only one. Kreya. She chose the rest of us. All that befell us is her fault. All the glory, and all the pain.”

That sounded good on paper, right? But the author, in my opinion, didn’t deliver. I felt like I was just going through the motions when reading this and truthfully, I was a bit bored by the halfway point despite finally meeting the rest of the original crew besides Kreya, Zera, and recently resurrected Jentt, who are each dealing with their own struggles/new lives after their disbandment and war.

More so, what made this a somewhat taxing read was the main character, Kreya. I honestly didn't care for her. And more times than not, my primary focus was on Zera, Marso, Stran and less frequently Jentt. I understand her husband died but for her to just abandon her crew/”best friends” after his sudden death (that she caused btw) and to then—after 25 years—go out to seek them for help/guidance in bringing back her dead husband and to save the world (again). Yeah no. I wasn’t feeling that. I would have gladly told her to fuck off.

Altogether, what I disliked—Kreya, slow-going storyline, lack of perspective of the other characters minus MC, did I mention Kreya?, lack of world-building, the abrupt ending (WTF was that?!) that could’ve been more fleshed out, and despite it being an adult fantasy (40’s + 50’s aged team), the strong YA vibes I got was not my cup of tea.

One of the few positives of this book that I really enjoyed was the concept of bone making, bone reading, magic, special use of talisman, etc. The magic system really intrigued me and it was something I haven’t seen in other adult *cough*YA with older characters*cough* fantasy books I have read thus far. I hope to see more of this in the future. ( )
  ayoshina | Jan 12, 2021 |
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