Book: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Rating: 3.5 stars
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 went into this book barely knowing anything apart from the fact that it was a fantasy, there was magic and it said witch on the front cover (like what else do you even need?)
The start was so ridiculously slow for me. I think it took me 7-8 chapters to get into? Maybe more? Also while the start felt so slow, the story actually moved pretty quickly in the first few chapters and then kind of slowed down from there. However, after those initial chapters, the story had me hooked and I really did enjoy it.
I definitely feel this isn’t the book for most people. I honestly considered DNFing this book at one point, but if you push through and you like slow, lush writing you may really enjoy it. It’s not a book I’d jump to recommend by any means, but if you enjoy this kind of writing style and need to be absorbed in a world and it’s writing, I’d say at the very least consider it.
THE WRITING WAS SO GOOD. I loved it! Everything was so vivid and descriptive. The world building and explanation of the magic system was so good and not boring at all. I will say there did seem to be a bit too much description. It does work beautifully and I’m not really complaining, but it could’ve been cut down a lot.
Also I’m a philosophy geek and this book does raise some important questions that were nice to think about. One of the major ones was how it was looked down upon by their society when men wanted to pursue the arts because it was classed as a woman’s job + I think the author handled this well.
Tea: I liked Tea. I loved seeing her growth and change, her confidence in her abilities. Yes she does make some stupid and irrational decisions but it wasn’t anything that made me want to rip my hair out. Also there are little snippets of future her reflecting on her past (before each chapter) and she’s wiser and stronger there so that’s kinda nice to see more growth + be able to remind myself she grows out of her impulsiveness
Complaints? Tea’s the special snowflake and the romance/not really a romance romance didn’t work with me. I didn’t really need it at all.
A shorter, bullet point review can be found on my Goodreads here.
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Have you read The Bone Witch? Is it on you TBR? What about Rin Chupeco’s other books? Are your opinions the same as mine? Or are they totally different?
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