When Saskia’s future fractures in two, can she survive either path?
On the day of her kenning, when her vocation and possibly her mate will be revealed by bone magic, 17-year-old Saskia’s Bone Charmer mother, Della, views multiple futures and picks the one with the greatest chance of happiness and fulfillment. At a crucial moment, Saskia balks and snaps one of the bones; two futures spin off. In one she has the job she feared was her fate, Bone Charming, and a dark, brooding mate, Bram. In the other she has the job (Tutor) and mate (charming and funny Declan) she would have chosen. If Tutor Saskia and her mother can’t knit the broken bone back together, both futures will vanish. On top of that, both futures are in danger from a dark magic–wielding Charmer intent on amassing more power. Shields (Poison’s Cage, 2018, etc.) creates a dark and interesting world peopled with recognizable (and ostensibly white) characters, but her ultimate message that you can’t fight fate and shouldn’t try might not sit well with free-minded teens. Saskia narrates her own stories in alternating chapters, first one future then the other. A sequel is a certainty, as the somewhat muddy, downer of an ending leaves Saskia in danger.
An enjoyable read as long as logic is not applied strongly. (Fantasy. 14-18)