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.
A book that crept into my heart and left a wonderful memory on it.
This book tells us the story of Tea, a girl who was born as a dark asha or also known as the bone witch. Being a bone witch was not as easy as people feared and hated them. On this book, we’ll see how she will overcome the obstacles blocking her way and how she will be able to surpass them.
The book was also written into two views. One from Tea herself from her own experience in the past and the other was from a guy named Bard who talks and hears Tea’s story from the present.
I like how the author has written it that way. It gives curiosity on the reader’s part – mine to be exact. It made me think about what was happening and why Tea was talking like that to Bard. What happened when she was an asha and why she wasn’t one anymore? Every chapter gave me different questions that I’d like to know the answers to, but every time some of it was answered, more questions would arise. It made me keep on guessing what might happen next.
The way it was narrated was slow, and I hate reading a slow narrated story because they made me sleepy, but this book was an exception because I just loved it. The world-building was very different from the other fantasy books I’ve read. The plot was also good and also the characters. I just want to know if they would be able to find Lady Mykaela’s lost heartsglass in the future or not. I am also interested in learning more about Kalen and Kance.
Tea was very admirable. I like how she stays strong despite the hard tasks put on her shoulders. She might be stubborn, but there was always a reason for being like that. Her relationship with her brother, Fox, was also one of the things I liked in this book.
The ending left some unanswered questions to me, and I hope I’ll be able to read them on the next book.
I am recommending this book for fantasy lovers. If you don’t like slow narration, then I suggest you decide on your own if you’ll read this book, BUT I am really telling you that you should read this. The story was very unique, especially the way it was written.
Disclaimer: I received an advance reader copy from Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley.
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Series: The Bone Witch, 01
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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