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. ~Goodreads Blurb
I once read about a comedian’s love for Dickens. He spoke about how he loved how descriptive the author was. The sheer joy he had in immersing himself into Dicken’s world, that he could practically breathe Dicken’s world all excepting the smells of that world, all of that made him so happy. I started out feeling the same way about Rin Chupeco’s new world in The Bone Witch. Her world building and descriptive nature holds you captive in the beginning. The problem for me came when I began to look for more than just that. I began digging through descriptions looking for plot and action. The mythology Chupeco created was very unique and intriguing, but it just wasn’t enough to hold my interest. I feel as though this the book readers have to get through to reach the second book. If it was a film these would be the flashback points. Beautifully written and full of rich descriptions, but just like a meal needs more than sugar, this book needs a bit more substance to make it a sure-fire read. I was intrigued enough to put the next book on my TBR list but I won’t be putting this one on my Read Again list.
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