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Book Tour: 3 Things You Don’t Know About The Bone Witch World | Rin Chupeco #GuestPost | #Gifted

Hey guys, I’m super excited for y’all to be here today as I’m part of The Shadowglass Tour which is hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club! If you’re not familiar with this series you can check out my review of the first two books here; The Bone Witch and The Heart Forger. For the blog tour I was super lucky to be given the chance to have Rin Chupeco write a guest for the blog and I suggested the theme “3 things we don’t know about The Bone Witch world” so keep reading to find out what they are.

As this blog tour is dedicated to the wonderful finale in the series I also made sure to post my review of The Shadowglass ready for today. I can’t believe this series is now over.

The Shadowglass by Rin Chupeco
Series: The Bone Witch #3
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult
Length: 432 pages
Published on 1st March 2019 by Sourcebooks Fire
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In the highly anticipated finale to the Bone Witch trilogy, Tea’s life—and the fate of the kingdoms—hangs in the balance.
Tea is a bone witch with the dark magic needed to raise the dead. She has used this magic to breathe life into those she has loved and lost…and those who would join her army against the deceitful royals. But Tea’s quest to conjure a shadowglass—to achieve immortality for the one person she loves most in the world—threatens to consume her heart.

Tea’s black heartsglass only grows darker with each new betrayal. And when she is left with new blood on her hands, Tea must answer to a power greater than the elder asha or even her conscience…

“3 things we don’t know about The Bone Witch world”

1. Bone witches / Dark asha are based on Filipino witches called mangkukulams. Mangkukulams are at their core medicine women who also use curses and hexes to sell on the side for those who want to seek revenge against their enemies, or for people who disrespect the witches. They are something of a fixture among many rural areas in the Philippines; while they are generally feared and disliked by most people in society, they are still considered a necessary evil, as many seek their help for potions or for reversing a curse they believe they’ve been put under. Many people also believe that mangkukulams are capable of shapeshifting into different creatures, often black animals like rats or dogs, or that they can control certain animals like rats – a nod to bone witches’ ability to control daeva.

2. While Dark asha are also expected to entertain visitors in parties to earn their living like most other asha, there are many Dark asha throughout history who have chosen not to do so, because there are better financial alternatives at their disposal. One such revenue is raising the dead for nobles who are willing to pay for the privilege – wives, family members, etc. The rates for this are high, since bone witches have a finite number of familiars that they can raise at a time, and clients are charged per annum that the familiar remains resurrected. Most of their clientele tend to be kings and queens, but bone witches themselves are not above raising deceased loved ones for their own, often spouses or significant others. These tend to be slightly scandalous, as it is considered a breach of ethics / abuse of their responsibilities (hypocritical, given that it was NOT considered a shirking of their duties if they raised a person for a noble who can pay them). When Tea raised Fox from the dead, one of the main reasons she was allowed her to keep him was that Fox was her brother rather than a boyfriend.

3. Although asha are easily the most powerful faction within the kingdoms, a whole industry was formed around them entertaining and playing host to customers. This was a deliberate move by Kion’s founder, Vernasha of the Roses. Realizing that society would find it harder to accept powerful women on their own merits, Vernasha sought to subvert expectations by encouraging asha to dance, sing, and charm – encouraging the charade of being outwardly submissive and seemingly harmless, to make their influence more palatable. She has claimed in the past that it would help to soothe men’s ego and distract them from asha wield and foment greater authority in courts across the land.

If you want to know even more about Rin Chupeco and her books, I also have a spooky Q&A with her here. Rin is a superstar.

About Rin


Despite uncanny resemblances to Japanese revenants, Rin Chupeco has always maintained her sense of hummus Raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. She’s been a technical writer and travel blogger, but now makes things up for a living. The Girl from the Well was her debut novel.

Enter the tour giveaway to win:

1st Prize – Win a signed copy of Shadowglass, stickers of Tea, Kalen, and Fox, an
art print of Tea & signed bookplates (INT)

2nd Prize – Win stickers of Tea, Kalen, and Fox, an art print of Tea & signed bookplates (INT)giveaway-2


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16 thoughts on “Book Tour: 3 Things You Don’t Know About The Bone Witch World | Rin Chupeco #GuestPost | #Gifted”

  1. This is absolutely fascinating! What a brilliant world Rin has built! I enjoyed book 1 but I had no idea how amazing the trilogy went on to be. I love dark fantasies and this one is just my cup of “tea” (oh, that was so bad, but it was just a perfect set-up). I need to catch up and finish these books!

  2. Great facts/insights! I haven’t gotten to this series yet but I think I need to add it to my TBR.

    This series has become a favorite and Rin is one of my greatest inspirations in life. Her being Filipino in the trad pub world is no easy feat and I am so proud of everything she has achieved. It also makes me want to cry because now I know that this whole series is based on a Filipino belief. I’ve grown up with stories about mangkukulams actually. Thank you for this post! It was nice to know more about this world I have come to love.

  4. This was a great post! I love knowing more about the history of where a mythology or a focal point in a novel comes from. It adds a personal touch to know that the author did their research as opposed to creating something new. I really enjoyed this post ^_^

  5. I want to cry. I swear I want to read the book, but I think I hit the slump zone. Will be reading short stories for now then I’ll dive into these! AHHH

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