The Bone Maker – Sarah Beth Durst

Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Pages: March 9, 2021
Release Date: 476

Twenty-five years ago, five heroes risked their lives to defeat the bone maker Eklor—a corrupt magician who created an inhuman army using animal bones. But victory came at a tragic price. Only four of the heroes survived. 

Since then, Kreya, the group’s leader, has exiled herself to a remote tower and devoted herself to one purpose: resurrecting her dead husband. But such a task requires both a cache of human bones and a sacrifice—for each day he lives, she will live one less.

She’d rather live one year with her husband than a hundred without him, but using human bones for magic is illegal in Vos. The dead are burned—as are any bone workers who violate the law. Yet Kreya knows where she can find the bones she needs: the battlefield where her husband and countless others lost their lives.

But defying the laws of the land exposes a terrible possibility. Maybe the dead don’t rest in peace after all.  

Five warriors—one broken, one gone soft, one pursuing a simple life, one stuck in the past, and one who should be dead. Their story should have been finished. But evil doesn’t stop just because someone once said, “the end.” 


The Bone Maker featured a great concept and interesting magic system, but fell flat in its execution.

The opening chapters of The Bone Maker were incredible. Readers are introduced to the main character, Kreya, as she lives with the sole purpose of resurrecting her husband. These chapters give readers a sense of the world, Kreya as a character, and the magic system. They are practically perfect.

Unfortunately, as the story progressed it failed to keep my attention. I enjoyed the story while I was reading, but never felt an urgency to continue reading once I put the book down. The last half of the novel was action packed, but was slightly boring as well. It read as if Durst was checking off plot points from a list she had to get through.

The characters are older, but they don’t read like adults. Their past exploits and adventures explain their skillsets, but not all the characters read like hardened heroes. This may be due in part to the lack of character development for most of the heroes. However, I did enjoy the friendship dynamic between Zera and Kreya. Their struggle was easily one of the best aspects of the novel.

Overall, The Bone Maker fell flat in its execution despite its interesting concept and magic system. Durst’s writing is skillful, but she failed to keep me interested.


Have you read The Bone Maker? What did you think?

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