Book Review: The Bone Witch
Title: The Bone Witch
Series: The Bone Witch #1
Author: Rin Chupeco
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Source: Purchase Barnes and Noble
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Quote: It was true that I was born at the height of an eclipse, when the sky closed its only moon eye too wink back at the world, like my arrival was a private joke between old friends. Or perhaps the moon read my fate in the stars and hid, unwilling to bear witness to my birth. It is the kind of cataclysm people associate with bone witches. But surely normal children have been born under this cover of night, when the light refused to shine, and went on live perfectly normal lives?
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.
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.
I really loved the idea of this book, geisha like witches that are both entertainers and warriors. Rune magic, necromancy and a world in tumult. That all sounds pretty amazing! Honestly, for the first part of the book, everything is interesting, and the scene is beautiful set, but, than for some reason, it stalls out and doesn’t pick up again.. pretty much nothing is happening, the Asha go to parties and clean the house, train and learn to control their magic. There is some action at different parts, when Tea accidental raises more of the dead and obliterates a tea house, and then when she fights the un-dead monsters, created by the false prince. The problem falls when there is no action, the rest of the story almost becomes unnecessary. Tea is also, concerned to learn that when the dark Asha face the various monsters, it drains their powers, almost to the point of death. She watches as her mentor becomes weaker and weaker though she is not an old woman, and wants to find a way to save her, while still performing her duties.
You may find it a little confusing, as each chapter starts with a current day scene, and then morphs into Tea telling a memory. There is a sequel planned, which hopefully will answer the questions that the books brings up, such as why Tea is exiled, how are the monsters controlled. Maybe too we will learn more about the faceless and the part they play in it all. Who is the man on the beach with Tea?
There are a lot of parts that are I found to be boring, I’m all for character development and setting up a book for a series, but it just seemed to be a bit much. Overall though it was an interesting story, and I enjoyed it. I am giving it 3 stars because I like the authors writing style, and honestly I will most likely read the next book just to see what happens. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t as good as it could have been.
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