Book Reviews

review; the bone witch

Title: The Bone Witch
Series: The Bone Witch Trilogy
Author: Rin Chupeco
Genre: Young Adult, fantasy
Type: E-book
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price.

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.

I started this book as an audiobook in July last year, and switched formats when I had a few chapters left and sped through it. The only reason it took so long was because I could never find the time to actually listen to the book, even though I’ve been enjoying the story so much.

Tea is such a wonderfully layered character. Passionate and stubborn and yet scared at times – it is clear from the way she is written that she is a young teenager, still growing, still learning. The characters around her are also wonderfully fleshed out, and varied. I adore her relationship with her brother, and with her sisters, and I cannot wait to know more about them in the next two books.

The exposition in the book could be seen as info-dumping, but it is written so well and makes the world so rich that it is so easy to read and absorb and enjoy. I love the world-building and the magic, and the way it is described. It feels very real and tangible.

The audiobook makes the flash forwards a little bit difficult to grasp, but I love how it is done, because it makes me wonder how the Tea in the majority of the book because the girl in the flash forwards. While there were certain bits of information I was spoiled for accidentally, I still do not know how they occur and I cannot wait to see them unfold.

I’m Ara, a Southeast Asian writer who someday hopes to have published a novel, and who is currently losing herself in the worlds created by others. I love books and food and television and blogging and I get distracted and sidetracked easily.

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