{Very Late ARC} Review: The Shadowglass by Rin Chupeco || The longest buddy read in history

The Shadowglass

The Bone Witch #3

Rin Chupeco

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…

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Publication Date: March 5th 2019 

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Violence, Death, Grief, Mention of Parental Abuse, War Themes

I have very conflicting feelings about this one. And as I’m writing this review, I did bump the rating up from a three stars to a four. And I’m hoping I can convey said conflicting feelings in this review without making my statements contradictory? So, bear with me please.

Here’s some context: I started this in June. That’s two months after publication…and I finished three months later.

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I think my main issue with this intsallment was how… heavy it was? And I don’t mean in content, but with how much this book was doing.

The first two books had each other. Book one had heavy world-building, expanding the world and making sure we were immersed and knew the layout. I liked that about The Bone Witch.  Book two decided to put it’s focus on the characters… not saying the first book didn’t give us some character development, but they were really fleshed out and delved into a bit more-they balance each other out.

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This book tries to do both, but in doing so leads to slow pacing, info-dumping and maybe too many characters? I found myself only caring about a select few and with the time switches, I was very eager to get to one POV over the others.

And when I speak about characters I cared about more than others, Likh is 10 out of 10 who I’m talking about. Her, journey, her transition- we’ve come a long way from book one following her come to terms with her gender and questioning and overall finding herself.And seeing her have such a strong support system, seeing those around respect her and her pronouns… easily the one part of the book that grabbed onto my soul the most.

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Yet, though I was struggling through this one, I was still heavily into this story. I needed to know how The Bard fell into the story, how Tea and Fox’s relationship got here, how she descended into darkness, would redemption be in her future, where the magic would go if she succeeded… I NEEDED TO KNOW AND I ENJOYED THE SLOW TREK TO GET THERE.

And that hike to the finish was a rough one. People die, reveals are shocking, heartbreak ensues… tears were shed. And I won’t lie—Tea was the cause of the majority of said tears. 

She’s just been through so much, it’s no surprise her mental health isn’t at its peak. But seeing her go through the ups and downs, having to be this chosen one in a sense, having this huge weight on her shoulders… you can’t not root for her.

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I can’t leave this review without mentioning my favorite couple, Tea and Kalen. I know this book is all about loving yourself, forgiving yourself, of forging your path, but it’s also about having a solid support system and their relationship was 100% that. Did they argue? Disagree? Yes. Did they communicate and work it out and compromise????????? Y E S  T H E Y  D I D.  A N D  I  L O V E  T H E M.

There was only one way this book could’ve ended and not only did it break my heart, it felt like it did the series justice and the last 22% did end up swaying my rating up to a four star rating. Bittersweet, emotional, this series is a definite recommendation from me… I actually can’t recommend it enough with my entire heart and soul.

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