Publisher: Sourcefire Books
Date of Publication: March 7th, 2017
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.
My Rating: ★★★★★
My actual rating is 4.5, because this book makes use of a lot of slow building, which may not be everyone’s cup of Tea *badum tssss*
With that in mind, I really, really liked this book. Yes, it was slow, but it was all worth it for the end, in my opinion. Tea grows so much from when we first meet her to when we leave her, and I love that she learns something new and important from almost every person she meets in between. Each character is important in some way, and they all have their own stories and personalities. There are definitely some side characters that could have their own spinoff book, if Chupeco were to considered writing one (0 pressure, though). Tea and Fox became my little babies right from the start, and I worried about them constantly throughout. I also decided that some of the other characters are my babies, and I am very concerned about their well-beings in the next book.
The world is large and interesting, with some political intrigue but mostly a great sense of magic and fantasy. Being able to learn more about this world and its magic along with Tea was exciting and mesmerizing, and it all made for an immersive reading experience. Chupeco’s writing is beautiful and lyrical, the words almost coming to life in my mind as easily as if they were in a movie. Especially the descriptions of the clothing and the food! This book made me want to dress really nicely and eat really good, complexly flavoured food. No doubt that I would watch a movie based on The Bone Witch.
I also like that we get to see glimpses into Tea’s life in the future, which gives away enough information to tease the reader, but keeps enough hidden to make them wonder what the heck happens in the next book to cause future Tea to be that way or have those things. That ending, though – great cliffhanger. Now I’m impatient to get my hands on the sequel.
Overall: A slow burn, but still a wonderful, engaging story of intrigue, darkness, and magic.