Book Review: The Bone Witch By Rin Chupeco
The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite.
BUT THE GIRL WAS FIERCER
Tea is unique for she is a bone witch feared by all in her kingdom. Her magic sets her apart from other asha for it goes beyond the boundaries of the living. However, power comes with a price forcing Tea to leave her home and train with an experienced bone witch. There, Tea puts her energy into becoming a dark asha. But even as she gains knowledge and power an evil rises forth from its hiding place intent upon destroying the kingdoms and the asha. So, Tea must be stronger than she and anyone thought she could be. Because war is brewing placing everything and everyone that Tea holds dear in mortal peril.
This book was good but I had a major issue with it. The chapters in italics were horrible. They raised more questions than were answered in the book and it gave away what could have been major plot twists. I understand that Tea was telling her story in the past tense but sometimes it was boring and hard to follow what happened in the past and what was currently happening. Plus they did nothing to contribute to the story and it was told from a different perspective telling us things that the Bard noticed about the bone witch such as her scar but we didn’t learn about how she received the scar until the very end of the book. It would have been better to just skip all of the italic chapters and the book would have still flowed somewhat smoothly.
Beyond that, I thought the book was good. I liked the idea behind the book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the daeva. The characters were diverse and interesting to read about. Tea grew from a girl who knew nothing of magic to a very powerful bone witch. I hated Prince Kance for I felt that he had little character growth and was one of the those boring princes who are kind, good, and handsome but that is about the end of their character. Fox, Tea’s brother was fun to read about for I felt that he grew beyond the fact that he is dead. He was always willing to help his sister and guard her. Kalen was amazing. He hated Tea which added arguments and spice to the book. Halfway through the book, I predicted that he would become Tea’s lover and at the end, I realized I was right. I liked Khalad’s character for he was kind and sweet plus his job as a Heartforger was enthralling. He seemed to me to be the quiet and wise friend. The other asha made the book slightly more engaging but sometimes I was confused as to who was who in the Valerian household.
Despite the chapters in italics I enjoyed the book and would recommend it especially if necromancy and magic are intriguing to you.