The Heart Forger

528p. Sourcebooks/Fire. Mar. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781492635857. POP
Gr 7 Up—The sequel to The Bone Witch takes up where the first book left off as Tea, a bone witch with the power to resurrect the dead, continues her rampage against the ones who exiled her and took the life of her one true love. As an impending, all-out war is brewing among The Eight Kingdoms, more of Tea's past is revealed to readers, while her actions in the present race toward impending doom. Chupeco's follow-up shares many of the same aspects of the first book that continue to make for a dark, engaging fantasy series. Alternating chapters continue to reveal the events of Tea's past that led to her revenge-filled present. This installment takes on a darker tone than the first volume. However, it is still accessible for middle school readers because of its short chapters and fast-paced plot.
VERDICT A must-purchase for libraries where the previous entry and other epic fantasies are popular.

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