Review| The Bone Charmer – Breeana Shields

Sometimes you keep seeing books around and finally need to give them a try! The Bone Charmer was one of these books. I kept seeing it pop up from time to time, but didn’t hear many people talking about it. After awhile, I was still really curious. I did a buddy read with a friend and want to tell you what I thought of this one. Keep on reading!

Review| The Bone Charmer – Breeana Shields

In Saskia’s world, bones are the source of all power. They tell the future, reveal the past, and expose secrets in the present. Each village has a designated seer who performs readings for the townsfolk, and in Midwood, the Bone Charmer is Saskia’s mother.
On the day of her kenning—a special bone reading that determines the apprenticeships of all seventeen-year-olds—Saskia’s worst fears come true. She receives an assignment to train as a Bone Charmer, like her mother, and even worse, a match-making reading that pairs her with Bram—a boy who has suspicious tattoos that hint of violence.
Saskia knows her mother saw multiple paths for her, yet chose one she knew Saskia wouldn’t want. Their argument leads to a fracture in one of the bones. Broken bones are always bad luck, but this particular set of bones have been infused with extra magic, and so the break has devastating consequences—Saskia’s future has split as well. Now she will live her two potential paths simultaneously. Only one future can survive. And Saskia’s life is in danger in both.

The Bone Charmer (The Bone Charmer, #1) by Breeana Shields
Published by Page Street Kids on 21/05/2019
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover


“Fate is predictable. Choice is not.”

I love when you stumble upon a book that really surprises you. The Bone Charmer is one of those books and I’m so glad I picked it up. A lot of the books I read are the same concept with a different executions, this isn’t a bad thing, but happens. The Bone Charmer is definitely unique.

The Bone Charmer is told along two timelines. When Saskia had her kenning (a special bone reading), there were things she was hoping for. When things don’t turn out how she wishes, the bone breaks and that’s when things get interesting. Saskia’s fate is split into two and in the end only one path can keep existing.

Breeana Shields really knew how to get me sucked into this world. Her writing really makes it easy to picture the world and what’s going on. I loved the concept with the bones. The magic system is really interesting (and even though I would’ve liked to have read even more) and fits this story perfectly. We get to read about both of Saskia’s paths and I loved how this was set up. I loved all the twists and turns. The differences between these lives were really interesting and how everything came together was everything I was looking for.

The characters definitely added to the story. I loved how the characters I ended up loving seemed like they were hiding something and the ones I had my doubts about ending up being really genuine. The Bone Charmer is a book you don’t want to stop reading and I’m so grateful I didn’t read this until right before the sequel was released. I know this review is a bit vague, but I really think you need to experience this one from start to finish.

If you’re looking for a unique book, amazing characters and interesting twists and turns, definitely read The Bone Charmer!

The Bone Charmer was so good and deserves so much more hype than it’s gotten! The sequel, The Bone Thief, releases today and I’ll be reading it soon. So keep an eye out for the review. If you’ve read this book, let me know. I’d love to talk about it!

2 thoughts on “Review| The Bone Charmer – Breeana Shields

  1. I can’t believe I’ve never actually heard about this book, but when I read that blurb, I knew it was a book for me, even more so when I read your review! This sounds great and I’m definitely adding it to my list! Great review as always! xx

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