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The Bone Witch(#1)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
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 give 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.
What I Loved:
‘The Bone Witch’ tells the story of ‘Tea’ who was given the gift of necromancy. Because of this gift, she is ostracized by those around her. She is than brought to a live with other Asha (witches of varying types).
High fantasy usually isn’t one of my go to genres. I am more of a real world kind of gal. However, the premise (i.e. necromancy) of this story along with the fantastic cover, made me decide to give this one a shot.
I loved the character of Tea. She was both amazing and touchingly vulnerable. Her character was well-developed and relatable. I felt myself rooting ‘Tea’ throughout the book.
Since I am not much of a high fantasy reader, I generally am not used to world building so this was initially a lot to dig through. Once I got through the details the setting really brought me into ‘Tea’s’ World. The description (especially of the clothing) was vibrant and truly amazing ( I want a hua for myself). I also thought it was unique the way Chupeco gave each kingdom a unique personality. Each kingdom had unique dress, customs, and rituals.
‘Tea’s story was unique and created an interesting tale for me. It had a interesting perspective and created a fairytale feeling .
I loved that the underlying story. I also loved that real world issues were explored inside the fantasy setting. ‘Tea’s’ ostracism by those around her was definitely one of those issue. Tea couldn’t help who and what she was born as but this didn’t stop those around her for judging her because of it.
What Left Me Wanting More:
I was a little confused by the alternating POV. The POV’s are ‘Tea’s’ during her Asha training and an unknown narrator who speaking about ‘Tea . Much of what is mentioned in the second POV is never explained.
The second half of the book did drag a bit for me. It felt as if some of the Asha daily life routine could have been skipped.
I also was constantly confused by the Eight Kingdoms and the cities within. There is a map at the beginning and a break down of each kingdom at the end that helped me sort things out a little.
The ending did leave me hanging a bit. Hopefully, the next installment with time up some of these loose ends . There is a twist at the end that was a little difficult to pick up on. Again, hopefully this will be explained it book two.
My Final Judgement:
‘The Bone Witch’ is a high fantasy novel with an amazing backdrop, complex characters, and timely topics. I loved it and it has inspired me to dive into more high fantasies soon. I can’t wait to read the next installment of the series. Hopefully, future books will tie up some of the cliff hangers.
Rin Chupeco wrote obscure manuals for complicated computer programs, talked people outof their money at event shows, and did many other terrible things. She now writes about ghosts and fairy tales but is still sometimes mistaken for a revenant. She wrote The Girl from the Well, its sequel, The Suffering, and The Bone Witch, the first book of a newYA Fantasy trilogy. Find her at rinchupeco.com.
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