Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller, Will Damron
Published on 4 June 2019
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Source: my local library
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In the highly anticipated finale to the Bone Witch trilogy, Tea’s life—and the fate of the kingdoms—hangs in the balance
Tea is a bone witch with the dark magic needed to raise the dead. She has used this magic to breathe life into those she has loved and lost…and those who would join her army against the deceitful royals. But Tea's quest to conjure a shadowglass—to achieve immortality for the one person she loves most in the world—threatens to consume her heart.
Tea's black heartsglass only grows darker with each new betrayal. And when she is left with new blood on her hands, Tea must answer to a power greater than the elder asha or even her conscience...
So… The Shadowglass.
If you’re a regular follower of the shenanigans here at The Moonlight Library, you will likely be aware that when I listened to The Bone Witch and The Heart Forger on audiobook, I kind of lost my shit.
This series is AMAZING. The world building is so rich and detailed, the characters are fully formed, with motivations that affect the plot, which itself is full of twists and action and romance. The cast is diverse, not just among their skin colour but among their sexualities, too #represent. It has tough girls who can also be ultra feminine, it has boys who fight and boys who don’t fight, it pushes against the establishment, and it has a motherfucking zombie dragon. This series has everything you ever wanted, and the audiobook narrators are divine.
I caught on to The Bone Witch late, over a year after is had been published, but when I listened to the audio, I went directly on to The Heart Forger as well, knowing that I would have to wait a year for The Shadowglass audio to become available at my library. I could have requested – and probably received – an ARC, but I wanted it to be read to me. I regret nothing.
This book continues Tea’s story, from her fall from grace to the resolution of everything she had been fighting for. It detailed beautiful romance, fraught danger, tough moments, and plenty of humour. It broke my heart several times, and I’m still not over it. Sometimes I got so frustrated at Tea that I wanted to shake her! She had it really tough in this book, and it really hurt me to see her struggle with her mental health along with everything else. I think it’s safe to say that mental health isn’t something we often see in epic fantasy novels (unless it’s madness, of course!).
Also, there is a trans character who asks for people to start using their correct pronouns, and everyone does without any fuss, and it’s beautiful and respectful and wonderful.
I’m not ready to say goodbye and I have already started hunting down paperback copies of this series to re-read and experience in a whole new way.