I can’t quite tell if The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields is going to be a good book or not. On the one hand, it does sound fairly interesting. On the other, it’s a kind of dark that isn’t quite my style. Dead things tend to creep me out. And this book is about bones. That said, there’s something really intriguing about the way the bones work in this world. I’m especially curious about how the split future bit is going to work out. So, I’ve added it. We’ll see.
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.
What do you think of The Bone Charmer? Does this sound like a novel you’d be interested in reading? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!