The Heart Forger – By Rin Chupeco

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Goodreads Synopsis: In The Bone Witch, Tea mastered resurrection―now she’s after revenge…

No one knows death like Tea. A bone witch who can resurrect the dead, she has the power to take life…and return it. And she is done with her self-imposed exile. Her heart is set on vengeance, and she now possesses all she needs to command the mighty daeva. With the help of these terrifying beasts, she can finally enact revenge against the royals who wronged her―and took the life of her one true love.

But there are those who plot against her, those who would use Tea’s dark power for their own nefarious ends. Because you can’t kill someone who can never die…

War is brewing among the kingdoms, and when dark magic is at play, no one is safe.

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Wow this is probably the most disappointing book I’ve read all year. After reading and enjoying the first book I was so excited for The Heart Forger, it seemed like I had to wait forever to get it from my library. And then I sat down to read it and boy does this book suffer from sequel syndrome.

Reading this book was like wading through mud. Nothing was happening and whatever tension started was cut off when the chapters kept switching from the past to the present. I didn’t mind this style too much in the first book but I hated it in the second. It made the story so freaking slow.

Maybe if I had been able to read this book much closer to my read of the first book I would have felt more attached to the characters. As it was I just felt that the characters lacked the depth they had in the first book. Everything I loved about Tea was gone, she seemed to be just wandering around the story with very little reaction to the events.

As far as the plot went…To me it felt all over the place. Again, this is the problem with the chapters switching back and forward in time. Things would be revealed in the present and I couldn’t feel sad or empathetic for the characters because I hadn’t seen how we had got there yet. It was just like “oh and now the prince is in jail” and I couldn’t help but feel like it didn’t matter. Why? Because we hadn’t seen the events in the right order!

I really wanted to like this book, but I didn’t even finish it that’s how bored I was. I feel sad that I wasn’t able to get into it, but I definitely won’t be reading the third book. Hopefully Chupeco writes other series in the future because I do like her world-building. In the end I gave this book 1 star on Goodreads.

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