The Bone Witchby Rin Chupeco
Series: The Bone Witch #1
Published on March 7, 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Publisher (via NetGalley)
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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 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.
The concept for The Bone Witch was very interesting and I was definitely looking forward to reading this, however, it fell a little flat. There was so much more that could have happened in this book. There could have been more magic! I was looking forward to Tea (pronounced Tey-Uh as I finally found out near the end) raising more dead things or fighting more of those weird skeleton things. But, while the descriptions were beautiful and well done, there just wasn’t enough of everything else.
There didn’t seem to be a clear plot that the story was following. Basically Tea raises her brother, Fox, from the dead, goes off with another bone witch in order to train to be a Dark Asha, and then that’s basically it. Tea spends the next two to three years being a servant to the Mistress of House Valerian. We got a lot of descriptions about the other Asha’s hua’s, the dresses that special for each and every Asha, she talked vaguely about her dancing and combat lessons when she finally became a novice, and then there was the small, minuscule amount of magic she did.
Honestly, my favorite parts of the book were when the bard was narrating the story in the “future” parts, or maybe it’s present parts…idk. But it was there that we got to witness the most magic use. Though at the end I was a little upset that the person she was in love with was spoiled. We were given no background for her romantic relationship with that person and it just kind of popped out of nowhere. To be honest, there wasn’t really any romance in this book, which I would have been totally okay with if it hadn’t of been hinted at. First with Prince Kance, and then with her “one true love” at the very end.
Most of the characters didn’t have any development at all throughout the book. They were very one dimensional characters and that saddened me because the world building was done so eloquently. There was so much world building, in fact, that it basically took away from the rest of the story. The descriptions of the hua’s and the food and all of the other aspects of the asha’s life were so long that it took away from Tea’s personal story, and from each supporting characters story. I didn’t particularly care what happened to each character. I mean, there were characters I liked more than others of course, but I had trouble keeping an interest in what was happening.
I know all of this sounds like I hated the book, even though I rated it 3.5 stars, but there were still parts I enjoyed. There was still enough there to keep me reading all the way until the end, so I count that as a win. Plus the ending made me interested in the next book. While I probably won’t be purchasing this for myself, I will definitely give Rin Chupeco another chance to redeem herself with the second installment.