Review: The Bone Witch – Rin Chupeco

I’m on a role with getting out new YA fantasy release reviews within a three month period. It seems like a lot of readers are looking for the next great YA fantasy read and I am oh to happy to oblige when making the choice easier.

Today’s review, for example, is on The Bone Witch by Rin Chpeco.

A lot of people on Goodreads have been giving this book mediocre reviews, and I’m good and ready to put my two cents into the conversation.

Intersted in what I thought of The Bone Witch? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

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30095464The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (March 20, 2018)

Print Length: 400 pages

Audiobook Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins

Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller, Will Damron

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 

If you like dark high fantasy then The Bone Witch by Rin Cupeco should be the next book you pick up.

The magic system is what makes it dark, with one of the two narrators, Tea, being able to bring back the deceased. There’s a part with some rats, so you have been warned. But just because she has this fantastical ability, doesn’t mean she’s accepted by either non-magic or asha’s (other magical folk).

I may sound like a broken record but I enjoyed the lack of romance in this YA book. While Tea did have a love interest in Prince Kance, it wasn’t as developed in this first book, with only a dinner happening between the two. Furthermore, the relationships explored between Tea and her brother Fox, and Tea and her mentor Mekayla.

And can we just gawk about the cover for a second?!

I think what I disliked most about this book was the fact that I chose to listen to it on audiobook. Yes, my method of listening to the first book in a fantasy series has finally failed me. The narrator of Tea just made the character came across as so whinny that on more than one occasion I found myself knee deep in eye rolls. Looking back through certain passages, that really got on my last nerve, I found myself reading them in a different less obnoxious way. Also, the man narrating from what I can tell is a yet unknown character was rather monotone in his rendition.

Even with this issue I think I am going to continue with the series. I feel this book really set the ground work for an epic fantasy, and as such was slower because of it being the first. Second, that ending has me intrigued enough to pick up The Heart Forger when it is published in March 2018.

There is potential.

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Purchase Links

 Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indigo

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And those are my thoughts on The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco. Do you have any eerie recommendations that you think I should check out? Leave it as a comment below and help my TBR grow.



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