In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price.
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.
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The Bone Witch - A series with potential
I think what I disliked most about this book was the fact that I chose to listen to it on audiobook.
Yes, my method of listening to the first book in a fantasy series has finally failed me.
The narrator of Tea just made the character came across as so whinny that on more than one occasion I found myself knee deep in eye rolls.
Also, the man narrating from what I can tell is a yet unknown character was rather monotoned in his rendition.
Looking back through certain passages, that really got on my last nerve, I found myself reading them in a different less obnoxious way.
3.5 out of 5 stars.
If you like dark high fantasy then The Bone Witch by Rin Cupeco should be the next book you pick up.
The magic system is what makes it dark, with one of the two narrators, Tea, being able to bring back the deceased.
There’s a part with some rats, so you have been warned.
But just because she has this fantastical ability, doesn’t mean she’s accepted by either non-magic or asha’s (other magical folk).
I may sound like a broken record but I enjoyed the lack of romance in this YA book.
While Tea did have a love interest in Prince Kance, it wasn’t as developed in this first book, with only a dinner happening between the two.
Furthermore, the relationships explored between Tea and her brother Fox, and Tea and her mentor Mekayla.
And can we just gawk about the cover for a second?!
Even with this issue I think I am going to continue with the series.
I feel this book really set the ground work for an epic fantasy, and as such was slower because of it being the first.
Second, that ending has me intrigued enough to pick up The Heart Forger when it is published in March 2018.
There is potential.
- Sara Lester-Vanderheide
Story was pretty good, main narrator not so much
I would like to read the sequel to find out what happened between the present day (Will Damron) and the past (Emily Woo Zeller). I plan on avoiding Emily Woo Zeller's work, though.
I thought Fox was the most interesting character. I wish his adjustment from dead to un-dead had been explored more.
Zeller tended to make the main character's voice whiny and wobbly any time she spoke, especially in the beginning. I get that the character is a kid, but the voice was just terrible. Same for other characters - weird, annoying voices getting in the way of what little plot there was.
- Seth Emery