Synopsis:Twenty-five years ago, five heroes risked their lives to defeat the bone maker Eklor—a corrupt magician who created an inhuman army using animal bones. But victory came at a tragic price. Only four of the heroes survived.
Since then, Kreya, the group’s leader, has exiled herself to a remote tower and devoted herself to one purpose: resurrecting her dead husband. But such a task requires both a cache of human bones and a sacrifice—for each day he lives, she will live one less.
She’d rather live one year with her husband than a hundred without him, but using human bones for magic is illegal in Vos. The dead are burned—as are any bone workers who violate the law. Yet Kreya knows where she can find the bones she needs: the battlefield where her husband and countless others lost their lives.
But defying the laws of the land exposes a terrible possibility. Maybe the dead don’t rest in peace after all.
Five warriors—one broken, one gone soft, one pursuing a simple life, one stuck in the past, and one who should dead. Their story should have been finished. But evil doesn’t stop just because someone once said, “the end.”
Review:I would like to start off by thanking Harper Voyager for sending me over a beautiful finished copy of The Bone Maker for review.
I will admit that when I requested this book I went in without knowing much about the story. The cover was the first thing that caught my attention, and then the fact that it was a standalone fantasy story sealed the deal for me. The only thing I knew was that Sarah Beth Durst was known for creating an AWESOME atmosphere in her books, and this book was no exception. I think that the atmosphere in this book was one of the shining points for me. It takes place in this dark fantasy world within the mountains, where there are tiers within the mountains and tons of cliffs. It adds that extra bit of danger when it comes to exploring the world. The second thing that REALLY made this book stand out to me is the characters. I absolutely loved our entire band of heroes. There’s something about a group of middle-aged ex heroes having to band together and save the world again that I absolutely love. I felt like I knew every character so well and was in the story with them.
My only downfall with this book is that the pacing just kind of felt all over the place and kept me putting down the book and picking it up. A lot of that could be because I am personally a more plot-driven reader, and this is such a character-driven book. There was a lot of time spent just sitting with the characters, and less time spent when they were actually out on their adventure.
Ultimately I ended up giving this book a 4⭐️ and it will definitely be a standalone that I will recommend often. I think if you were a fan of Foundryside, Kings of the Wyld, or The Bone Shard Daughter, then this is definitely one to pick up!