The Bone Witch
author: rin chupeco
page count : [hardcover] 432
memorable quote :
Sometimes it is good to remind ourselves how bitterness tastes.
In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series for readers of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price…
Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there’s anything I’ve learned from him in the years since, it’s that the dead hide truths as well as the living.
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.
The Bone Witch is a beautifully written unique fantasy that draws you slowly into this world rather than slamming it in your face with over-the-top action. The pacing allows for more character study, more charm, and more storytelling, as the main narrative of Tea progressing in her studies as a bone witch is interspersed with a future perspective. I loved the juxtaposition and that we as readers don’t quite know how to piece it all together, until the very end. An end that leaves you wanting the sequel–which is out now, that I haven’t read yet, and will get my hands on soon.
This isn’t just a book with a beautiful cover. Rin Chupeco truly has a way with words. I’ve loved The Girl from the Well and The Suffering, two of her previous books that succeed in being simultaneously terrifying and charming. Somehow that has seeped into The Bone Witch as well. How can it not, with a narrative that revolves around necromancy? But Chupeco always writes the unexpected. Tea’s resurrected brother was my favorite character. Others in the story who are outwardly perfect are often the worst in personality. The sly wit that slips into the book is perfect.
Although I definitely read for characters, this world is amazing as well. The world-building is done so well, which is amazing in the fact that it is detailed so quickly without becoming confusing. There weren’t many moments where I needed to pause to think about what was happening or being referenced.
I highly recommend this book. It’s unique. It’s lovely. It will make you laugh and, honestly, leave you a little uncomfortable because of the monsters you’ll meet.