Goodreads Rating: 3.68 / 5 stars
My Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy
Publication Date: March 17th 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series for readers of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price…
Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there’s anything I’ve learned from him in the years since, it’s that the dead hide truths as well as the living.
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 received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Catching up with Rin Chupeco’s novels, I made the right decision to binge read the series this year before the third & final book releases. The Bone Witch is about a young girl named Tea, who accidentally resurrects her brother, Fox, a soldier who recently passed away. Lady Mykaela, a bone witch, discovered her and trains her to be a Dark Asha / Bone Witch.
The book was well-written and intricately detailed. Without a doubt Ms.Chupeco is excellent with the descriptions enough for readers to visualize each events. Tea’s journey reminded me of Nita Sayuri / Chiyo from Memoirs of a Geishaas she underwent training and hone her skills from a lot of mentors. Wielding her powers, training in combat, learning history and crafting arts. Halfway through, I’m still guessing the plot because nothing happens other than Tea’s routine. To be honest, I almost give up as I’m getting impatient and an impending reading slump. I’m patting myself on the back for finishing and having a LONG patience.
Things got more intriguing until the last chapters which makes me excited for the sequel as it ends up with a cliffhanger. TBW is a good start. It’s an excruciatingly slow read but its world building makes it worthwhile. Crossing my fingers The Heart Forger has a better pacing.