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Book: 6/★’s out of 10
Publishing Date: March 7th 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
With a dark slant that reminds me of Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom series, The Bone Witch takes you on a journey through a magical land, with a female heroin who deals in death. (Although she raises the dead for the good of her country, instead of compelling them into the underworld.)
Tea, is a young girl from a small rural village in the country of Odalia. Who is thrust into the spotlight when her favorite brother is killed on a mission for the King by a Deava (an evil magical creature), and is returned to the family for his funeral causing her to lose control of her power and bring him back to life. Oops. Talk about awkward.
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This draws the attention of the famous Asha Mykaela who takes Tea, and her freshly undead brother to the Willows (Center of society for Asha and Asha in training) as an apprentice to learn her newly discovered and much needed craft. Unfortunately for Tea, she is to become a Dark Asha, who while powerful, are much more likely to be reviled than adored.
I waited for weeks for this to come out after I read the description and I really, really wanted to really, really love it. The thing hurt this book for me was the second narrator that pops up from time to time, causing you to go from past to present without a clear explanation as to why until the very last chapters of the book. Ultimately, I gave this book a rating of 6 out of ten because I have faith that a lot of the things that happened in the plot that kind of seemed off to me
(How does Kalen end up dead? Why has Fox completely turned his back on her? ) will be explained in the sequel that is obviously in the works.
In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series for readers of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price…
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.
Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!
About the author:
Despite an unsettling resemblance to Japanese revenants, Rin always maintains her sense of hummus. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband.
She is represented by Rebecca Podos of the Helen Rees Agency.
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