Tea comes from a family of witches. But after unintentionally resurrecting her brother Fox at his burial, she soon discovers she is not like the other witches in her family. Tea is a bone witch or dark asha. Unlike other witches, bone witches are viewed in a negative and less respectable manner, and held in fear by many. Now Tea will leave her home and family to seek out guidance and proper training from and elder asha, accompanied only by her brother Fox. But soon danger lurks as darkness arises and Tea will have to defeat the challenges that lie ahead and make a big decision.
*I received a copy of The Bone Witch via Netgalley & Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thank you for allowing me this opportunity.
The Bone Witch starts off as a heavy hitter. The cover is gorgeous! And the characters are strong and solid. The author writes tremendously well leaving no want for detail with some seriously rich world building. I was captivated by the first 100 pages. The concept of ashas and bone witches felt truly unique and exciting. Ashas wield elemental powers and while bone witches cannot, they have the ability to resurrect the dead. Now picture bad ass, magic wielding , geisha ninjas! Hello!! Freaking awesome!
The heroine Tea narrates as she shares her tell with a visitor on her island of exile. Obviously, if you read the story, that will make sense in the long run, but I am not one for spoilers. As the tale unfolds the author starts to add a slight touch of romance, some jealous rivalry and some necromancy, wow this is really going places! Hello book, I think we may have a future together.
Then something unexpected happened. As I continued to read, I realized that there was just way too much detail for me. I was nearly 50% through the book and felt like I had spent chapter after chapter reading about the hua (garments worn by asha). Wait.. when did this become an issue of Vogue? Literally every garment was described in painstaking detail. Seriously, it was becoming painful. And then the training. Oh sweet mother of macaroni the training sessions! It was just constant droning.
But I decided to stay strong and carry on. Surely this will pick up. I mean the concept is brilliant! 70%.. more training. What?! OK now I am skimming. You know exactly what I mean. Fast reading. So then a few things begin to happen. Things that have the potential to be incredibly interesting, but the pace just never seemed to shift gears accordingly. I admittedly almost DNF’d this one several times, but I clung to hope. Unfortunately, it just never quite made it for me. I am not saying this was a horrible book. I am saying this is not the one for me. I truly appreciate attention to detail, but at some point I need more action. I need something that feels likes a climax if I may. I have needs!
So why am I giving this three stars? For several reasons. First of all I found the overall concept to be genius and full of promise! Secondly, I may not have enjoyed this book as much as I had hoped, but I like this author’s writing style. I just feel like she just got carried away with details, details, details. Hopefully in the sequel, there will be more attention to this unique plot and less need to focus so heavily on world building, as it has definitely been established with this title.
I would recommend this to fans of serious character depth and heavy world building that enjoy fantasy and paranormal.
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