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Review: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

The Bone Witch by Rin Cupeco
Series: The Bone Witch #1
Fantasy | Young Adult
Length: 432 pages
Published on 7th March 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Rin Chupeco: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Copy received from my secret santa

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.

You know when you read a really good book and you’re like hell yeah I’m gonna review that and then sit on it for a few days because words, how do they work again?

And then you just never write the review.

Hi welcome to my life and experience with The Bone Witch.

Why now, after half a year, am I deciding its finally time? Because the sequel is out now and I’m lucky enough to have received a review copy for the blog tour (full link to the book tour schedule at the bottom of this post) so of course I had to finally get around to saying why I loved The Bone Witch prior to that.

I’d asked for this book from my secret santa due to the cover being gorgeous and because I’d seen some very positive reviews from twitter friends.

I was glad to see when reading that it lived up to my expectations.

One of my favourite elements of this book is how the story is told with both past and present chapters. I think its great how the present chapters often reflect or include nods to the elements of the story we experienced in the past too.

Tea as a character was great to read about as she develops a lot within the story and you’re hooked on reading to find out how she gets from one position to another as her environments are vastly different.

Due to both of these elements and the thorough exploration of magick and beasts the world building is amazing. I loved it so much!

The training Tea goes through to become a full fledged Bone Witch is intense but i really enjoyed reading what she goes through and how she grows and uncovers some truths about the world.

5 stars / 5 stars

Stop back on the 26th for my review of The Heart Forger, full blog tour here.

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17 thoughts on “Review: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco”

  1. I’ve actually never heard of The Bone Witch before, but then again, I haven’t been keeping up with YA reads. The cover looks gorgeous though. And, yea, I totally get what you mean about writing reviews way past your intended date. I do them too. Other times, I never get around to a book until a year after it was published, so the review might be outdated too.

  2. I just read and reviewed The Bone Witch recently — also as part of my participation in a blog tour for The Heart Forger. Anyway, I totally agree with everything you said! I love Tea as a protagonist, and I love the world the author has created, especially upon learning that there’s a hint of Filipino folklore in there. Specifically, the bone witch is rooted in the Filipino myth of the mangkukulam.

    Anyway, wonderful review! I’m glad to see another person who loved the book as much as I did.

  3. I’m so glad you liked this book and you’re so lucky to be on the blog tour! Not sure if you read The Heart Forger yet, but it is absolutely fantastic! I hope you love it!

  4. This sounds like a great book – I like anything that had to do with witches and magic in general, but I am also intrigued by the chapters being divided between past and present.

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