AfroBoricua Reads Book Reviews: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco


Summary: 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.

Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!

My Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Recommendation: Yes!!!

Disclosure: Received eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Publication Date: March 7, 2017  No spoilers.

I want to live in this world. PERIOD. Never have I’ve read a book so dedicated to its world and worldbuilding.  The Bone Witch is the epitome of high fantasy.  Rin Chupeco builds a wonderful world straight from the start with Tea and her family, full of ashas and monsters, and of course the raising of the dead.

Tea is an amazing heroine from the very first page as she unknowingly resurrects her beloved brother who her left her side far too soon in her opinion. Then we are whisked away to the magical city of Ankyo where we meet an amazing cast of character who help Tea in her journey to become a full-fledged asha.

I should mention that Chupeco tells this story in two POVs, the past in which Tea is just discovering her powers as a dark asha and the present where Tea talks with a young man exiled from his kingdom and tells him of her past as she sets in motion her plan to save her world from darkness.

I was amazed at how easily Chupeco was able to switch between the past and present of Tea’s life and leave little teases of how Tea fell out of favor with her makeshift family she was just learning to love and accept in the past. Tea’s growth from a girl just discovering how powerful she can be (the past), to relishing in her frighteningly awesome powers (the present).

The worldbuilding in this book was just amazing. Usually with fantasy books set in their own world it can seem confusing and off putting but as we learn more about Tea’s past we experience this breathtaking world firsthand and discover the amazing world of the asha.

This book may seem daunting and slow but in my humble opinion, Rin Chupeco spins an amazing story set in a dangerous world filled with powerful women who deserve their own series! I just loved this book and I cannot wait to see the rest of this series that will hopefully answer that amazing ending. (I was dead on the floor after reading it)

An epic high fantasy with an epic world to match, I hope you check out this wonderful book when it hits the shelves in March!