GUSH Spoiler Free Review: The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco


Title: The Heart Forger (The Bone Witch #2)

Author: Rin Chupeco

Pub. Date: March 20th. 2018

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS FIRE

Pages: 528

Buddy Read: Melanie from Meltotheany

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I read The Heart Forger, sequel to The Bone Witch around the time of its release and have yet to find any singles book or trilogy to top it in my favorites. Buddy reading this one with Melanie from Meltotheany who loves Rin Chupeco’s world building and characters as much as I did only further enhanced the whole experience. There are but a few I can count one hand authors who can transport you with their writing the minute you start a new chapter. The Bone Witch books are so much more than a story about Necromancy and a demon slayer. With so many layers and complex well fleshed characters, it’s a story about the bonds that keep us close to those we love most. Once again I found myself riveted and absorbed into Tea’s world not wanting the story to ever end. This Asian inspired Fantasy has introduced me to one of my favorite authors of all time & for that I am very thankful! 💜

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The events of The Bone Witch changed Tea and she voluntarily went into exile last we saw her. The Heart Forger picks up with Tea in exile waiting for the day when all would descend upon her. Bard the Chronicler is back with Tea documenting all of her life, both the good & the bad. Although things have already come to pass when we start the book, Chupeco worked her way back to the events leading up to where they are now. Too much can be considered spoilery & so I will stick to what I loved most about this sequel. Once again, the characters proved to be one of my favorite parts of this trilogy. Tea is definitely in a dark place but I won’t deny LOVING her I don’t give a hmm attitude! she’s come to be this powerful necromancer who can defeat Daeva aka demon creatures or control them. She chooses to control some and seeing her empathy with these creatures makes her more human where most of the time she’s viewed as cold and overly ambitious. Tea is still bonded to her brother Fox who passed away (given fact at the very beginning of The Bone Witch) and nothing makes me more happier than seeing the relationship between these two. Theirs is an unusual relationship given Fox is deceased and their bond allows them to be in each others head space. Yet Chupeco chose to maintain the same issues all siblings deal with which made for an authentic read. I enjoyed the moments where they practiced their fighting skills together & when they shoved each other out of one another’s mind in order to experience the more private sentiments alone.

With such a fantastic cast of main & side characters, It’s hard to choose a favorite! I did enjoy seeing Likh back in this world and standing up for what they believe in. Likh’s heartless is silver which means they’re fully intended to go study with the soldiers. However, Likh is a lover of all things fashion and design, life as a soldier is not something they can quite imagine a life in. It was AMAZING to see this character receive so much support by everyone. My heart legit felt full, the outpouring of love and support they received was one of the BEST scenes in this book. We also get to see Prince Kance on a different path where he’s taking his  royal responsibilities very seriously & perhaps realizing that Tea may not have a place in his future. Prince Kalen is back in the tinker room making Heartglass and setting up to be the next great one in his field. Prince Kalen, *giggle* yea…this guy was an unexpected surprise considering how much time he spends trying to protect Prince Kance from the dangers that come with being by Tea’s side. Hate to love relationships are one of my top fave tropes! and I say this with no shame! the relationship in this book was a slow burn but when it takes off, it soars! so many swoon worthy moments 💓 but if I had to pick a favorite, Tea remains my #1 💜 I love this character to the moon & back simply because she’s unapologetically herself.

Last year when I read The Bone Witch (see review hereI was BLOWN AWAY by Chupeco’s writing! Beautiful lush descriptions of a world that gave me Memoirs of a Geisha vibes with a Fantasy twist. I wasn’t expecting to get one of the BEST sibling relationships in all of YA, gender role positivity, actual dark necromancy, special bonds with animals & demons, and a steamy romance as the cherry on my sundae 💜 yet that is exactly what I got and so much more! If per chance you happened to have read The Bone Witch and felt that possibly it was a bit slow paced, worry not! The Heart Forger is a real page turner where the author stays true to their writing style while adding on awesome action sequences and vivid imagery. Chupeco actually gave us scenes where her necromancy was in over drive and Tea sees herself putting back together the bones of the dead! also, she’s learning some pretty neat runes and testing them out on herself & her brother was fun to watch. The character development is also worth mentioning, whether it be purposefully or not, Tea is much darker and willing to take risks and go the extra mile for those she loves. I’ll be honest, I’m a little worried about the consequences of how far she stretches the limits. Nonetheless, I am really looking forward to the final installment in this trilogy and also super curious about how it will end and whether Tea will get what she’s after…


Hello Bookworms! Hope you’re all having a FAB Friday! 💜 have any of you read The Bone Witch and/or The Heart Forger? if so, comment down below with your fave character/aspect of these books 💓


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18 thoughts on “GUSH Spoiler Free Review: The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco”

  1. Your review!!! ❤ I admit to struggling with The Bone Witch. I thought the writing was beautiful, but I was one who eventually struggled with the pace. However, it sounds like I need this! I love the idea of seeing Tea evolve more and with some increased action. I think that will balance this out very well for me 🖤

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    1. Thank you! ❤ ❤ ❤ I remember but trust me on this one! the pacing is on point and the action is A+ but the best part remains the story chronicled by Bard. Let me know if you're really interested, I have a spare hardcover I can send your way 🙂

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  2. Girl, these picture and gif? You need to make Rin an aesthetic board. I got CHILLS! Also, amazing review! This has honestly been my favorite buddy read of the entire year, I swear to God. So thankful for you, your voice, and your friendship! And I can’t wait to read Shadowglass (and 102 other books) with you! 💖xx

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    1. It was legit 1am when I contemplated making a full blown aesthetic board 🤦🏻‍♀️ you already know how I feel about Rin’s books, we legit can start up a fan club for her 😂 I can’t wait for Shadowglass 🖤 & yea that 100+ sounds about right 🙈thanks Mel! 💕

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  3. I already have a copy of The bone witch but the mixed reviews scare me away from actually reading it. I wanted to see how well the sequel would be received before committing to this series. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! The whole concept just sounds so AMAZING and you’ve convinced me to try it out. Even if I don’t like the first book, I’d like to at least read Heart forger before giving up on it. Great review ❤️

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    1. Omg! Yes! This comment legit made my morning! 🖤 I have friends who struggled a bit with the pacing in the first but really enjoyed the story. Well this sequel is almost as if the author heard what was being said and put pen to paper to fix the pacing issue. Everything I loved about the first one is still there only the progression is so much more fluid and will keep you flipping those pages. There’s also more humor here and there & the romance is 🔥 I can go on & in but I’m really happy you’re giving it a shot! 🙌🏼 thank you for reading ☺️💕

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