Rambling about books

Book review: The Bone Witch, by Rin Chupeco

Book cover from Goodreads

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Title: The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1)

Author: Rin Chupeco

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult

Goodreads link

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. Taken from Goodreads.

Let’s start with how gorgeous the book cover is! There’s something beautiful in the purple hue, the calmness in the lone girl sitting by herself, and the intricacies of the swirls that frames the whole picture. And then there’s the ever ominous title, The Bone Witch. When I first saw the cover, I made it my mission to try and get my hands on this book, and it was clearly not disappointing, though not quite like what I expected when I first saw the book.

Clearly the book moves oh so very slow to my liking. I get that with series, the first book is all about world and characters building, but surely I don’t have a need to know every single thing that the characters are eating and/or drinking, and the many countless details that I chose to skip through. I had a hard time reading this book in its first chapters because I couldn’t get my head around Tea as the main character of the story. There’s an air about young Tea that I don’t quite enjoy, but reading the older Tea sharing her story to the Bard is definitely interesting.

I have to say that it took me halfway through the book to actually got my grip and actually starts to enjoy the story. I am also thankful that though there is, of course, still a somewhat potentially a love triangle situation going on, it wasn’t dwell upon. Not that I have anything against love stories in a book, it’s just that for once I want a book that doesn’t force a love trope in a grander scheme of the story, yanno?

To be completely honest, I don’t get why this book ran for about 400 pages and there’s nothing big happening. Sure, there was that battle where Tea got inside the mind of the beast that helps here figure out who is the bad guy all along, but after so many pages unfurl and only to have the battle happening for maybe three or so chapters is quite a bummer. What as wasted hundreds or so pages before it. But, by the time the book ends, I can’t lie for I am hook line and sinker. I am dying to read the next book, I need to know how and why Tea was exiled? I’m curious to see more character development from Tea and Fox.

I just hope that the second will get straight to the point, now that we all get the gist about the world, the characters, and the the whole being an asha thing.

Most definitely!


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