Bone Smith

Bone Smith
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July 25, 2023
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Gideon the Ninth meets the Game of Thrones White Walkers in this dark young adult fantasy about a disgraced ghost-fighting warrior who must journey into a haunted wasteland to rescue a kidnapped prince.

Ready your blade. Defeat the undead.

In the Dominions, the dead linger, violent and unpredictable, unless a bonesmith severs the ghost from its earthly remains. For bonesmith Wren, becoming a valkyr—a ghost-fighting warrior—is a chance to solidify her place in the noble House of Bone and impress her frequently absent father. But when sabotage causes Wren to fail her qualifying trial, she is banished to the Border Wall, the last line of defense against a wasteland called the Breach where the vicious dead roam unchecked.

Determined to reclaim her family’s respect, Wren gets her chance when a House of Gold prince is kidnapped and taken beyond the Wall. To prove she has what it takes to be a valkyr, Wren vows to cross the Breach and rescue the prince. But to do so, she’s forced into an uneasy alliance with one of the kidnappers—a fierce ironsmith called Julian from the exiled House of Iron, the very people who caused the Breach in the first place…and the House of Bone’s sworn enemy.

As they travel, Wren and Julian spend as much time fighting each other as they do the undead, but when they discover there’s more behind the kidnapping than either of them knew, they’ll need to work together to combat the real danger: a dark alliance that is brewing between the living and the undead.

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Ready your blade. Defeat the undead.
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What I liked:
Wren is a formidable female lead who’s easy to route for. She’s not soft, but she has some emotional baggage and plenty of nobility. Without much choice, she teams up with Julian, an enemy Ironsmith and an equally complicated, likable guy. An enemies-to-friends romance, however, is a subplot, leaving the conspiracy and tons of action as the story’s driver as we reveal some hard-hitting truths, and Wren is left reeling for most of the last half of this first book.
Final Verdict:
Bone Smith is a hard-hitting, action-packed thrill ride full of
twists and turns, ghosts, walking dead, betrayals left and right, and even a corpse queen. I found this to be the perfect fall read as we are dealing with things that bump in the night, and October is the best time to pick up this kind of story.
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