Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Release Day Review: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Title: The Bone Witch 
Author: Rin Chupeco 
Publisher: Sourcebooks 
Source: Publisher 
Published: March 7th, 2017 
Purchase: Amazon | B&N 
Summary: 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.


The writing in this book most definitely lives up to the stunning cover of The Bone Witch. I had a bit of apprehension prior to beginning this story because I saw a lot of DNFs due to slow pacing. And the pace is slow at times… but so what? This is a book that is well worth the effort put in by the reader.

In the present, a bard requests Tea’s story and the reason for her exile. Tea’s story takes the reader into the past, to the day she accidentally raised her brother from the dead, setting her on her path to become a dark asha. Told in both past and present narratives, there might not be a heap of action and adrenaline rushes; but there is a unique and magic-filled plot.

I love a book that I can consume in one sitting, but there’s a lot to be said for a book you read in small increments. Tea’s story is richly detailed; and yes, sometimes that much detail can be overwhelming, but I can’t say it was all unnecessary. It painted a picture that was captivating and beautiful. This book may not be for everyone, but I’m happy I read it. It’s a unique story with solid world building and gorgeous writing. I’m definitely curious to see what comes next. While The Bone Witch is not a thrill ride or a book to be devoured in just a few hours… it is an intriguing story and one to be savored.

  A huge thank-you to the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 
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  1. Sometimes a slow burn is just what you need. You have me so intrigued by this one Wifey. Great review!

    1. There are so many things you will appreciate about this one! Thanks, lobster <3

  2. I don't mind a slower pacing! I'll have to check this one out! Great review :)

    1. Thank you, Sarah! It's such a great book! Enjoy :)

  3. Anonymous3/08/2017

    That cover is SO BEAUTIFUL. I'm glad to hear the writing measures up to it. I'm super interested in this one, I need to try it!!

    1. It really is, and the writing is just as stunning. You do! Happy reading :)


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