Friday, March 15, 2024

🍷🍷🍷 #Review of The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

: The Bone Witch
Series: The Bone Witch #1
Author: Rin Chupeco
Format: Audible
Narrator(s):  Emily Woo Zeller & Will Damron
Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
Published: March 7, 2017 by Blackstone Audio
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N 
Source: Purchased
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating:  🍷🍷🍷 / 0🌶️
In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series for readers of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price...

Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there's anything I've learned from him in the years since, it's that the dead hide truths as well as the living.

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she's a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles...and make a powerful choice.

Crystal's Thought's:

"We can endure any amount of sadness for the people we love."

Narrated by an exiled bard and our protagonist, Tea, The Bone Witch tells the tale of a young Asha who discovers her powers as a bone witch when raising her dead brother. 

"There is no greater strength than the ability to understand and accept your own flaws."

The Bone Witch is one of those books that I probably would have enjoyed more reading, as opposed to listening to. The tale alternates between the past Tea, age 12-15, and present Tea, Age 17. There was a lot of world building and character development. It was difficult to keep track of it all, and it slowed down the pacing quite a bit. The story itself is rich with a lot of intriguing faucets to it. However, it just did not hold my attention and I'm not sure if I will continue with the trilogy. 

"Then perhaps we should carve a world one day where the strength lies in who you are rather then in what they expect you to be."

Tropes to Expect: 
✔️ Witches 
✔️ Monsters
✔️ Necromancy
✔️ Royal Politics
✔️ Sexism
✔️ Blood Magic
✔️ Loss
✔️ Found Family 
✔️ YA Fantasy

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