Review: The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco

Author: Rin Chupeco
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: March 7th, 2017
Source: ebook (bought)


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.

Tea is not like other witches. Others have powers over the elements, gifts of the light but her powers are over the Dark and Death, she is a Bone Witch. Bone Witches are feared and hated all over the kingdoms, they're powers are considered dangerous and unnatural, they are the freaks of freaks. Being a Bone Witch was the last thing Tea was expecting to be but, she wasn't also expecting to find that out by raising her brother from the dead.
Bone Witches are very powerful but that also means that they have to be very responsible and conscious of what they do. Tea has to leave her homeland with an elder Bone Witch in order to learn the ways of the asha - the elite witches - and rise to her full potential.
Along the way, Tea makes new friends and learns new skills. She will face danger and uncertainty. Will she be able to keep the ones she loves safe? Will she strive and succeed being an asha or will she fail? Will she be able to stop the war that is brewing in the eight kingdoms?
The first noticeable thing that made me like this book was the way that it is written. You have the mix of the present and learn about Thea's life trough a sort of "flashback" main sequences. Usually, you have present Tea talking with a person followed by a large sequence of storytelling by a first person narrator - Tea herself.
The mix of cultures inherent to this story is quite obvious, you have eight kingdoms with distinct cultures and defining features, ones have lighter skin, others darker, they have different ways of dressing and varied ways of talking. That is an aspect that enhances the quality of the story itself.
Even if I have to admit to having a weak spot for dark details mixed with magic and struggle filled with not so obvious and a bit of ill-fated love interests.
Overall all the characters were very interesting and dynamic and made the story better. I have to admit that this is not a book for everyone and that it can be a trigger for people who have trouble dealing with death and loss. You have lost someone recently I would wait a little to read this book, it talks a lot about death and resurrecting the dead which can be uncomfortable. Another flaw this book has is to be very slow paced at times, if you can push trough it I bet you will like it much more by the end.
Lastly, I have to mention the amazing cliff-hanger at the end! Now I really need to read the next book - that only comes out in March 2018 - because that last scene torn my heart into two.
If you are willing then take a chance on this book. It will make you feel all kinds of things, you will cry and you will laugh so be prepared.

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