The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco is the first in a YA fantasy series where a young, new witch is being trained to be a grand asha.
“The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.
Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.
Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.”
If you’re looking for a book that just grabs you throughout the story, this book should be next on your TBR-list!
I was a little disappointed in the actual plot-line. Now I don’t like comparing other series to each other, but going into this particular book blind, I was surprised there wasn’t more spooky, paranormal elements engraved in the story. Rin’s other series, the Girl from the Well, was a very creepy, engrossing read, so with the title The Bone Witch, I was thinking it was going to go into that direction more than it did.
BUT, that was, of course, since I didn’t read the synopsis before diving into the book.
I was surprised just how engrossed I got. I had to read a majority of the book in several mini-sittings, and each time, I was able to catch onto the story and sink my teeth into it every time!
Her writing just engulfs you and takes you into detail on all aspects of Tea’s journey to become a powerful witch with more control over her abilities.
I will say that there is ALOT of foundational writing. about 75% of the entire book is just learning more about the world and Tea’s training. This sometimes made the book feel like it was dragging, but at the same time, you were engrossed so much that you didn’t even realize it.
That’s why I gave this one 4 out of 5 stars. Not too much excitement and action-packed scenes take place in The Bone Witch. I think that this could change with how the ending went about for the beginning of Book 2, but I’ll just have to wait and see once it is released next year.
I liked the characters and the sort-of paranormalism of the characters and the magical elements. You can definitely feel the struggle between what Tea has to endure with being a darker witch and the differences in the treatment the world stows upon her.
Overall, this was a fun, dark read that would be perfect for the fall season! Rin has done it again in bringing a story that takes you in from beginning to end.
And can I just say, this cover is AMAZING! Like you literally have to have a hardcover copy in your hand to really appreciate how aesthetically pleasing it is. Your eyes will thank you!
I can’t wait to read on with Book 2!!
Published: 7 March 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
How I Read It: Hardcover
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