The Bone Maker by Sarah Beth Durst

“It’s always about time… How much you use, how much you waste, and how much you waste regretting the time you already wasted.”

The Bone Maker

Rating: 🪐🪐🪐

An action-packed story starring a charming cast of middle-aged heroes who set out to save the world with bones. A book for young-adult fantasy lovers or someone just looking to read something uncomplicated and entertaining.

This book was described as adult fiction on NetGalley, but it was either labeled incorrectly or the author, who typically writes YA fiction, can’t shake her established writing style. However, while I do not typically enjoy YA books, I actually didn’t mind this time around. The writing itself may have been a bit shallow, but the story itself was not, and the likeable characters and exciting, if cliché, narrative arc made it a genuinely enjoyable read.

The Bone Maker tells story of a band of heroes who saved the world from an evil bone magician 25 years ago, and who now must reunite and dust off their skills to do it all over again. I really appreciated the fact that the protagonists, especially the women, were all older. You don’t see that often in speculative fiction (or any kind of media, since women become useless when they turn 30 y’know). There wasn’t a ridiculous amount of character development, but I still felt invested in the relationships between the characters. That is where I think this books shines.

The magic system, like the rest of the world, was not over-developed or complicated. The book primarily deals with themes of death and resurrection through the use of bone magic. The bones do other things as well depending on who is wielding them: they can give their users powers, animate inanimate objects, and tell the future. To me, the mechanics were interesting and unique (though, I have not read many of the “bone” books that seem to be published by the dozens nowadays).

Overall, this was a delightful, easy read and just what I needed to get out of a reading slump.

Thank you to Harper Voyager and NetGalley for providing me with an advance review copy in exchange for my honest opinion. The Bone Maker will be published on March 9th, 2021.

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