January 06, 2023

#BookReview: Bone Weaver by Aden Polydoros

Synopsis: The Kosa empire roils in tension, on the verge of being torn apart by a proletarian revolution between magic-endowed elites and the superstitious lower class, but seventeen-year-old Toma lives blissfully disconnected from the conflict in the empire with her adoptive family of benevolent undead.

When she meets Vanya, a charming commoner branded as a witch by his own neighbors, and the dethroned Tsar Mikhail himself, the unlikely trio bonds over trying to restore Mikhail’s magic and protect the empire from the revolutionary leader, Koschei, whose forces have stolen the castle. Vanya has his magic, and Mikhail has his title, but if Toma can’t dig deep and find her power in time, all of their lives will be at Koschei’s mercy.

A haunting fantasy following Toma, adopted daughter of the benevolent undead, making her way across a civil war-torn continent to save her younger sister as she discovers she might possess magical powers herself.


Rating: 3 Stars
My Review: Another one of those stories that although it was good it wasn't anything to write home about.  I loved the myth and the way the author created something new.  But overall it just wasn't as good as I thought it could be.  I was just wanting more. 


"A heart-pounding adventure. Magic and monsters lurk in every corner as a headstrong trio search for their place in Aden Polydoros's haunting world." ––Chloe Gong, #1 New York Timesbestselling author of These Violent Delights

"A dark and thrilling tale."  —
Kirkus Reviews

"Superb... Polydoros is a master of world building and conjuring suspense in a page-turning plot. His characters are highly empathetic and memorable, as is this emotionally charged story."  —

“Polydoros crafts a magical world that readers will revel in exploring… Fans of Justina Ireland’s 
Dread Nation and the Shadow & Bone series will love this dark fantasy with a touch of horror.” —The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

Bone Weaver is a bloody and unflinching fantasy that balances its darkness with an unwavering cascade of love." —BookPage

"In his lauded YA debut, 
The City Beautiful, Polydoros showed how adept he is at taking history and myth and spinning it into something believable and true. Though Bone Weaver is imaginary world fantasy, the real history behind it is treated with the same deep respect and consideration." —NPR.org

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