The Bone Witch by: Rin Chupeco


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.

The Review:

This is another book I kinda picked up on whim, and I kept seeing the book everywhere and since it is a fantasy book I of course will read it.

I also didn’t know much about the author, I heard of the other books she written but never actually read them.

First let’s discuss the characters. Tea is a great protagonist. While she does ask a lot of questions she clearly wants to know what is going on, and how to become a better asha. Her kinda finding out that she is a bone witch comes at a complete surprise to her when she resurrects her dead brother and now has be trained to become an asha. The book switches from 15-year old Tea to a 17 year old Tea, and you see her character progress through her training.

The supporting characters were also good. I did like Tea’s relationship with Fox and I kinda wish there was a lot more scenes with them. You don’t see a lot of brother-sister relationships in YA, so I am glad that it was there. I also did like her mentor Lady Mykeala who basically served as an Obi-Wan role and their relationship was also well done.

The world building was also really good. The book did a good job at giving us backstory and lore with the kingdom it is set in, but I kinda feel that it was almost too much world building. The book is roughly 400 pages, the problem with too much world building is that it takes away from building up the plot The book has such a rich lore to it, in which is describes all the witches, how Dark ashas came to be and the conflict within the kingdoms but throughout the book nothing really happens. Tea mainly goes through her training, and the main conflict feels a bit tacked on at the end in which after reading the book I kept saying “that was it?”. I think there will be more plot development in future books.

In the end, despite my problems with the plot, I thought The Bone Witch was great book for world building and giving us a magical world. Hopefully in future books with the world building out of the way it could focus a lot more at character and plot development.

Grade: 3/5