The Bone Witch {Review}


30095464When 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.

Received an eBook ARC from NetGalley in
exchange for an honest review.


Rating: ★★★☆☆ {2.5}
Release Date: March 7th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

The Bone Witch is told in alternating chapters from the perspective of the main protagonist Tea (pronounced Tey-uh). Every other chapter is of Tea telling the story of her past to a character simply known as Bard and the others are of Tea’s journey from accidentally raising her brother from the dead and forward from there.

I found the story moved at a very slow pace and that much didn’t happen in the way of developing a plot up until the last quarter of the book. The switching back and forth between past and present Tea was confusing at times but I found I much preferred the “Older Tea” chapters over the “Younger Tea” chapters as they had a slightly more darker tone to them. Sadly I found the chapters of young Tea to be very specific from describing the outfits a character wears to the answers Tea gives when questioned by her instructors – as a result I often found myself pulled from the plot of the story and most of the time weren’t entirely necessary to the story.

There were aspects of the story, such as the heartsglass, that I wish were explained a little earlier in the book as opposed to having the explanations spread throughout the entirety of the book in intervals instead of in one moment. That being said I was fascinated by them all the same, I loved how one simple piece of glass was so in tune with the wearer that their emotions and health are displayed in shades of colours.

Overall I found The Bone Witch to be slow paced and confusing at times, which prevented me from getting fully immersed in the world Rin Chupeco created. If you’re a fan of Memoirs of a Geisha and The Name of the Wind you’ll really like The Bone Witch.




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