The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

The Bone Witch #1. Sourcebooks Fire (March 2017) NetGalley
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.

Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!

In the world of The Bone Witch, people controlling the elements is common. What isn't common is what Tea has. She has the power of necromancy and displays that skill in her older brother Fox's funeral. Tea and Fox have always had a special bond and that bond will continue after death when he becomes her familiar. They can feel each other in their minds so they know if the other is in trouble. Fox tends to be protective of her while doing some of his own things. Tea goes with him and a dark asha from their village to train and become the ultimate badass. 

How do I know she becomes awesome? Her future self has chapters and she's in this end of the world land with the "evil" creatures everyone fights against. She was sent there because she supposedly betrayed everyone. And she's apparently extremely dangerous. She also has this coffin there, I believe, of her true love. As I got deeper in the story I enjoyed reading and learning more about this future self because it posed implications about the world that everything isn't what it seems to be.

The main thing that caught me right away was how S.L.O.W. the pace was. I mean inching closer to the end like a caterpillar would. There were also a lot of high fantasy type words and things going on that made everything go slower. I did trudge through and like how everything was going but this wasn't until close to the end. There were moments in the middle where I wanted everything to hurry up. I don't mind slow paces in some books but all the different things happening in this particular world was a bit much. Everything got interesting towards the end when Tea realized some things... I'm excited to see where everything goes in the next book though. The end was so bittersweet because I was right and it's a pretty sucky situation. I'm excited to finally see her past story meet with her present self. I hope things pick up like it looks like and I want to see how that true love came to be. 

Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for letting me read and review The Bone Witch in exchange for an honest review!


  1. Although it is slower, this synopsis still grabs my attention. I think I should give it a whirl. I really have read a lot about this. Thanks for the review!

    1. I did end up liking it but you'll see if you can handle the slowness when you try it out.

  2. Hmm- this sounds fascinating. I am glad to know it is slow and worth it to stick with it because slow paced books can be tough. :)

    1. Well it depends. I did manage to stick with it but that's me. The action seems to be coming up in the second book which is good because I can't so much of her backstory.


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