The Bone Witch: The Bone Witch (Book 1)
by Rin Chupeco
“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.”
I saw The Bone Witch a while ago on Goodreads, and liked the sound of it, so I preordered it (and got some preorder goodies). But since it has come out, I have seen some people not liking it or DNF’ing it. So I got a little worried, however, I knew that I had it coming and it sounded interesting, so I knew I was going to read it and have an open mind going in.
A bard has come to find out the bone witch’s story, due to a dream he had. So she tells her story. Tea raised her brother from the dead, and discovered that she is a dark asha, more commonly known as a bone witch. Mykaela was nearby when this occurred and took Tea in, they travel to … for Tea to be trained.
Woah, that was intense. I have literally just put it down and I want more. Like, how can you leave us like that? I was hooked within a couple of chapters, and I went on a rollercoaster of twists and emotions. I really enjoyed the mythology included within the story.
My favourite characters are Tea, Fox, the bard, Polaire and Althy. They are all different and have their own opinions and react to the same thing in different ways. I really enjoyed reading the bard’s parts in the present, although we do not find out his name which I am hoping we will at some point. There are so many great characters, they make the world so vivid and alive.
Can I choose just one part as my favourite, I am not sure. There were some many parts that were awesome. I really enjoyed the going backwards and forwards between past and present, and how they linked together as Tea is telling her story.
The Bone Witch does end on a cliffhanger, I need the next book now! The Heart Forger will be out March next year.
While reading this book, I described it as a girl finding out about her powers and making friends in her new position. I would recommend to adults and teenagers. 5 out of 5.