I bought this book 🙂
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
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.
**note: I’m reading this book as part of #AsianLitBingo, read until end for details.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Bone Witch, with it’s enticing cover, dark magic, and anti-heroes. I particularly enjoyed the world it’s built around; an Asian fantasyland. The point of view is split into two perspectives, the past and present. We begin with older Tea training a new asha about the ways of dark magic, and then we explore the world with young Tea, which is what makes up most of the story.
Oddly enough, I was not effected by the dual POVs. I thought it added a lot to the story; gave it a little more depth.
Although, I have to mention that the world building in this novel is s l o w. I made it 100 pages in, and nothing major had really happened at that point, other than we were introduced to the world Tea lives in. She becomes a servant to one of the bigger houses, and has to run a lot of rediculous errands.
However, I liked Tea and I liked her brother Fox. They had a really cute relationship, but I wish it had some more character build-up. I also liked how the asha can be compared to Geisha. They sing, dance, and they apprentice like Geisha do; except they are also capable and deadly killers. I really enjoyed learning about the asha!
The writing was really pretty, but I wish there had been more plot. If I had to describe the novel in one word it would be “gothic.” There are lots of skeletons, the writing is very smooth, slow, and pretty. I really enjoyed it, despite the slow progress. And I would highly recommend it!
Overall rating: 3.5/5 hearts!!
Cover: 5 hearts
Plot: 4 hearts
Characters: 4 hearts
Pacing: 0 hearts
Writing: 5 hearts
I read this for Asian American Heritage Month! The #AsianLitBingo event is hosted by Shenwei, over on their blog in celebration for the event! You can check out my Sign-Up post for details. The Bone Witch fulfills the SSF With Asian MC slot!