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.
Genre: YA Fantasy
Title: The Bone Witch
Series: The Bone Witch #1
Author: Rin Chupeco
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
HOLY SHIT but that ending was beyond intense and just brought on a wave of feels that left me washed up on shore, wondering what in the world had just occurred in my life. I wish I could tell you, but then I’d spoil it for you. It was a bit obvious to me, but it still managed to hit home in all the right places.
This was a beautiful book. If you’re not a patient reader, you may not enjoy this, as the author goes into vivid details of the young bone witch’s training, flipping back and forth between the present (a mysterious conversation with a bard) and past (her story). It’s a mix of geisha-warriors with powers that isolate them from the rest of society, and because of this, Tea becomes a very intriguing character.
It had all my favorite things, necromancy being one of them. Tea struggles to be a sound version of herself, but with all these new perspectives coming into her life, she finds that the future won’t be so easy. I absolutely loved her journey and development. Chupeco’s writing style might as well have woven those exotic hua herself, I was so enthralled with the details. You could really get lost in these things.
Lord Kalen and Lord Kance, along with a lot of other people who served alongside Tea, were interesting people. Like her brother, Fox, they all were subtle supporters to the story, some more involved than others.
An overall beautifully created piece of personal journey and discovery, while combining a number of action-induced moments and heartfelt incidents. I cannot wait for the second book.