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  • Amazing fantasy novel

    The Bone Maker by Sarah Beth Durst is a fantasy novel. My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) All she wants is her husband back. She lost him 25 years ago, when she and four others risked their lives to defeat the corrupt magician Eklor. Her husband did not survive the battle. Since then, Kreya has lead a solitary life in a remote tower, trying to resurrect her dead husband using human bones and a sacrifice of her blood. For every day she resurrects him, her own life loses a day. That is no concern, but finding the bones has become an issue, and even though she uses the bones from the already dead, what she does is unlawful. She has no choice left. She approaches Zera, once her best friend, and one of the five heroes who battled Eklor. Only Zera's skill at creating talismans can protect her while she searches for bones to resurrect her dead husband. But the reunion was not as she had hoped, and although Zera eventually agrees to Kreya's rather outrageous idea, nothing goes according to plan. It forces the original 5 hero's to re-unite to once again save the day. And so they come together 25 years after the first battle. Kreya, the leader, the one who can make the bones into mechanical "constructs" to perform almost any task. Zera, who can make talisman's out of bones to empower them. Jentt, who could manipulate talismans and perform amazing feats. Marso, who could read the future in the bones. Stran, whose warrior strength is enhanced even more by the talismans that Zera creates. All of them have changed since that first battle, but their enemy remains the same. But this time, the five alone will not be enough. My Opinions: Well, this novel surprised me, as did the author. The author created a new world of magical creations that had me begging for more. I loved the banter between Kreya and Zera. It felt like a true friendship. The characters were amazing, and they all sucked me in to caring about them. Both their strength and weaknesses made them "real". Strangely enough, even the "constructs" earned my admiration and devotion. Those little rag doll constructs had me on edge every time they were asked to do something. I feared for their lives! And that little bird..... The plot was fast-paced, wildly entertaining, and it was very well-written. There were no major surprises, but none were needed. The story just carried the reader through. It is a long book, but it didn't drag. It was a story of friendship, of love, of redemption, of second chances. It is also a story of overcoming fears, of ethics, of sacrifice, and of acceptance. I liked the ending. It wasn't a true happily ever after, but it was right...and it left me wanting more.

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  • interesting world and narrative but

    Its a pain how much the author goes out of her way to explain what is blatantly obvious given the context. I found myself getting very bored and frustrated with the prose as i got further into the book because of this

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  • Overall very predictibal

    the bone maker has a very interesting plotin the way it almost tells us what happened to the heros after the story has ended but i found myself guessing most of the main plot before it happened from the way it uses obvious clicques. Wouldnt recommed for under 15s as it does has quite alot of referances to sexual actives

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