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 was different than I was expecting. Kind of like Memoirs of a Geisha but with magic. (That probably would have been more obvious to me if I had paid more attention to the blurbs in the summary.) I have to admit that kind of turned me off at first. I don’t know why but the similarities between the two annoyed me. It didn’t take long though for the story to become it’s own much larger entity.

Rin Chupeco has created a rich world, beginning with the role magic plays in the eight kingdoms and how those who can use magic are viewed. Each kingdom has it’s own distinct cultures and are often fighting yet share one common enemy known as the Faceless. I feel like at this point the story has just dipped a toe into the Faceless and what their end goal is. I look forward to seeing that element of the story develop in the next book.

I loved Tea as a character. She is smart and strong but still a girl trying to figure life out as she navigates the complex system of the asha and begins to learn how she wants to live her life. Fox, her brother, is incredibly likable as well as are the other various characters. Even the ones you are supposed to hate.

The fact that they story was not heavily romance driven was a nice break as well. There is romance there, and the story hints that is will play a bigger role later on. But love is not Tea’s biggest motivator throughout the book and I felt it gave more depth to the character.

I don’t know, this review feels like it’s a bit of a ramble to me so I will just wrap it up. I loved this book! I got wrapped up in the world, in Tea and Fox, in what’s going to happen next. It’s killing me that the next one won’t be coming out until next year. Ugh! I hate waiting…..

Book Review: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

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