Hi awesome nerds!
Today I am SO PUMPED to be a part of the blog tour for The Shadowglass by Rin Chupeco, which is the third and final book in her Bone Witch series.
This is one of those series that took me forever to read, and when I finally did, I was kicking myself for waiting so long. I haven’t yet reviewed books one and two (look for that on Sunday/Monday!) and if you haven’t read those books this post may contain spoilers for the series! So please be aware, because it is an awesome series that you should TOTALLY read.
The tour is hosted by the lovely folks over at Fantastic Flying Book Club, and started yesterday with a kick-off stop at The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club. Today, I share stops with Confessions of a YA Reader and Shut Up, Shelea, both of whom you should 100% check out. For the rest of the tour schedule, click here!
The BookRin Chupeco
Series: The Bone Witch #3
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on March 5, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
I received this book for free from the author or publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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...
I honestly don’t even know where to start, you guys. My emotions are all over the place right now.
Chupeco’s writing is so incredibly rich and vibrant. Everything in these books comes to life, from the clothing the characters are wearing to the monsters Tea is hunting.
Following its predecessors, The Shadowglass is told in dual timelines alternating between the past and the present. Tea is nearing the end of her quest when she finds that there is more to it than anyone, except maybe the Elder Asha and the Faceless, have ever known.
Tea’s character is so incredibly written. I felt her sorrow and her joy. I was right there when she was learning about the things people had been keeping from her, and when she was being beaten down simply for having opinions that clashed with those of the people in charge.
Even when you are questioning her sanity, you can’t help but root for Tea.
The romance felt real and right, on all fronts. I am deliberately leaving some names out, as I don’t want to spoiler anything. But unlike a lot of YA, I found this romance to be authentic-feeling, and in no way forced.
And that twist! I am not ashamed to admit I did not see it coming at all. And yet, it didn’t feel like it was coming out of left field, or was just thrown in for laughs.
On the diversity front, I found that The Shadowglass delivered a very natural and well balanced cast of characters, including a lesbian couple, a gay character, a transgender character, and many characters of colour. The one criticism I have here is that Chupeco chose to use the following line: “[she] wanted me a slave to power like an addict to opioids”. As a chronic pain patient who constantly has to fight my doctors for access to painkillers, I found that one line really hurt, and it resulted in a half-star markdown.
The books progressively get better in this series, leading to this amazing and explosive finale. While the first book can drag a times, this series is definitely worth picking up if you are a fan of fantasy.
So part of my stop was to pick out some of my favourite quotes from The Shadowglass to share. And I am not going to lie, it was tricky, because I don’t actually generally note that stuff as I read. Added to the whole “trying not to spoiler people” and I had a real challenge on my hands. Super thanks to the FFBC crew for including some graphics of two of my favourites, though!
About the Author
Despite an unsettling resemblance to Japanese revenants, Rin always maintains her sense of hummus. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. Dances like the neighbors are watching.
She is represented by Rebecca Podos of the Helen Rees Agency. She is also fond of speaking in the third person, and may as well finish this short bio in this manner. While she does not always get to check her Goodreads page, she does answer questions posed to her there as promptly as she is able to.
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Have you read this amazing series? If so, what did you think? Be sure to comment below! Thanks for stopping by!
Stay bookish, lovelies ♥