The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Summary from Netgalley:
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.
I appear to be in the minority about this book. At least from a quick look at Goodreads, most people don’t seem to have liked this amazing book as much as I did. Most of them complained about the lack of action and that there is too much description. I really appreciate a book that I can see in my mind’s eye exactly the world that the author is trying to create. I will admit that this book is a little slow in parts, but I really came to care about Tea and her brother Fox as well as the other Asha we meet.
The world Chupeco has created reminded me very much of the Geisha’s in Japan, but with magic infused into the culture. The concept of the daeva was interesting as well. Creatures that rise from their deaths after a certain length of time, so they are never truly killed. I also liked the fact that the Bone Witches can control them to a certain extent. The second story that was being told at the same time as Tea’s rise to Asha status was a little disconcerting at times. But eventually I came to see how the two intertwined with each other.
The characters of Prince Kance and his cousin Kalen were interesting and I think there will eventually be a love triangle in their future. I think that Kalen started to appreciate Tea’s abilities and how that would affect the kingdoms and Prince Kance towards the end. I think that his feelings about and for her will change in the next book. I also found the parallel story of Mykaela’s lost love and Tea and Kance’s relationship very interesting.
The ending was totally gripping, and had an unexpected twist as well. All in all, I thought that this was an amazing world that the author has created. I will certainly continue with the series and I am looking forward to seeing how Tea grows into the powerful Bone Witch we see in the second narrative.
Have you read this book? What did you think?
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.