The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

The Bone Witch

Author: Rin Chupeco
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Pages: 400

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Goodreads Synopsis: When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!

Jen’s Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 1/2

REVIEW: The Bone Witch is one of those reads I didn’t expect to enjoy as much and it left me wanting more. There were many great aspects to this story, much of it centered around Tea’s training. She has an ability that not many have and many more fear. The power she can wield shows itself later on in her life when she loses her brother. Not knowing what she could do, her brother is brought back from the land of the dead into the world of the living, sending her world into chaos.

“Bone witches were not a respectable trade. They said bone witches gave sleeping sicknesses to innocent princesses with the prick of a finger, they said bone witches ate the hearts of children who strayed too far into forests.”

This revelation completely destroys any ideas she has for her future. And without knowing it, it will shape her destiny and make her who she was meant to be. With all of these realizations she is forced to leave behind the place she calls home, her family, and find a way to take control of her new powers before they consume her entirely.

“Tea will not be safe here. Not from the villagers’ prejudice, which can be rectified. Your daughter must have training or the Dark will chew holes into her heart, eat her from the inside out, until she shall be more husk than the dead we trade in.”

Tea embarks on her journey, meeting many distinctive people that will help shape her and show her that life as a Bone Witch is not just made of intimidating and chilling moments, but can be a very powerful craft. We meet Mistress Parmina and Lady Hami who will help her become the Asha she should be, even though she doesn’t have the ability of bending the elements to her will. It is not an easy feat in any way, and there are many stumbles along the way, but her persistence and perseverance will make her a force to be reckoned with.

And there are so many other aspects to this world. A very special heartsglass that they carry with them around their necks, which has the capability of making them cherished loved ones or victims to those they entrust with this very special part of themselves. A closer sibling connection that is formed between Tea and Fox when she brings him back, which I am hoping to see more of in the next novel. And of course horrific beasts that don’t necessarily stay dead.

“They told of daeva- strange and terrible monsters, maimed creatures assembled from scale-slicked bodies and yellowed fangs and spined limbs and horns. I was familiar with the legend: the daeva are the False Prince’s final curse on the world, and the Faceless are said to command them. Occasionally, the curse would take hold once more, and a daeva would rise from the dead to wreak havoc.”

There were truly great elements in The Bone Witch, but I was often left hoping for more of the story, more action, and less of the training. Even though I know this was meant to build up her repertoire in this mythical realm, it left me wishing their was an equal amount of both aspects to the story. And although I felt there were lacking factors, I very much liked this novel and I’m looking forward to see how it will play out in the next book.

***I received this copy from Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***

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