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The Bone Witch Hardcover – March 7, 2017
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From School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Chupeco craftily weaves magic, intrigue, and mystery into a captivating tale that will leave readers begging for the promised sequel. Being a witch, or an asha, is not out of the ordinary in Tea's world, but being a "bone witch" is another matter entirely. After Tea accidentally raises her brother from the dead, she discovers that she is destined to become one of the infamous Dark asha. Dreaded and feared yet highly valued for their services, the Dark asha are the only ones who can tame the demonic daeva, who threaten the kingdoms, but their taming comes at great expense. Tea must decide if the cost of losing her life, one battle at a time, is worth staving off the demonic onslaught. Or can she choose another path to save herself, her friends, and the boy she loves? Chapters alternating between her past and present seamlessly narrate the novel, leading up to Tea's mysterious exile. Because the plotlines have yet to converge in this installment, the book ends on the most excruciating of cliff-hangers. Chupeco uses vivid, descriptive detail, with nominal coarse language and violence, to set a rich tone that immerses readers in a vibrant and believable world. The short alternating chapters help move the story along quickly. VERDICT A strong choice for engaging reluctant readers and younger fans of fantasy who might not be ready to heft titles by Ursula K. LeGuin or Tamora Pierce.—Rose Garrett, Cliff Valley School, Atlanta
"Mesmerizing. Chupeco (The Suffering) does a magnificent job of balancing an intimate narrative perspective with sweeping worldbuilding, crafting her tale within a multicultural melting pot of influences as she presses toward a powerful cliffhanger." - Publishers Weekly,starred review
"The Bone Witch is fantasy world-building at its best, and Rin Chupeco (The Girl from the Well; The Suffering) has created a strong and colorful cast of characters to inhabit that realm. " - Shelf Awareness, starred review
"Readers who enjoy immersing themselves in detail will revel in Chupeco's finely wrought tale. Game of Thrones fans may see shades of Daenerys Targaryen in Tea, as she gathers a daeva army to unleash upon the world. Whether she is in the right remains a question unanswered, but the ending makes it clear her story is only beginning." - Booklist
"Chupeco delights us with a fascinating world and a rich atmosphere for a story that is exceptionally written from beginning to end." - Buzzfeed.com
"Rin Chupeco already captivated and horrified us with The Girl from the Well, but she may have outdone herself on this one. The Bone Witch is the first in a new series about a young witch who realizes she has the dark gift of necromancy after she accidentally raises her brother from the dead. Now, an older bone witch has taken Tea under her wing to teach her the art. The story has been pitched as high fantasy meets Memoirs of a Geisha, so yes, you need your hands on it now." - Bustle.com
"Chupeco craftily weaves magic, intrigue, and mystery into a captivating tale that will leave readers begging for the promised sequel." - School Library Journal
"The Bone Witch is a fantasy lover's fantasy, with a rich history and hierarchy of its own. The secrets and workings of its magic are revealed slowly in a suspenseful novel that is sure to appeal to those with a love of serious, dark fairytales." - Foreword Reviews
"Fans of high fantasy looking for diverse representation will be eager to get their hands on this book...this will become a series to be reckoned with." - School Library Connection
"A high-fantasy Memoirs of a Geisha, Chupeco's latest excels in originality... Chupeco is a writer to watch." - Kirkus
"In this sweeping high fantasy, Chupeco concocts a grim world of magic, both light and dark" - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Reminiscent of Leigh Bardugo's Grisha world, " - Manhattan Book Review
"An adventure with light romance that will appeal to fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sarah J. Maas." - VOYA Magazine
"Readers intrigued by the carefully crafted magic and the evolution of Tea's character from a homesick, guilt-ridden girl into the fierce warrior who opens the tale will discover a multi-faceted drama of revenge and heartbreak." - RT Book Reviews
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Top customer reviews
So Tea (pronounced tee uh), is a bone witch who can bring death beings back to life. She learns that this is her talent when she accidently brought her dead brother back to the world of the living. A big no no in the asha world and something that is very rare. Tea is whisked away from her family, along with her now alive brother, and begins her training as a bone witch.
I am in love with the characters in this read and enjoyed learning about the culture of the asha and the people of their world. I especially enjoyed the tales that were told through the asha’s dancing and how it added to the explanation of the asha’s origins. I think this is an area where readers will either love the story or be bored, because not everyone loves learning about these things. So I would caution you here if you are not really into this kind of thing and I believe that this may explain why there are some reviews that claim it gets boring. I personally love learning about other cultures, even made up ones, and just loved this part of the book.
My favorite part of all? These quotes in which Tea is questioning why gender roles are so rigid and makes great points about equality.
“In the course of my wonderings, I have seen men who could be just as graceful as women. Men who, with the constant training we have had to endure, could perhaps rival even the likes of Lady Shadi.”
“If women are encouraged to fight and draw runes and strive to be a man’s equal in those regard, then why can’t a man be encouraged to sing and dance and entertain as we do?”
I especially love the way she describes the gracefulness of the first male dancer among the asha.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this read and highly recommend it to anyone interested in a new take on witches and diving into a new culturally rich literary world
Only bit I didn't care for was how it turned out Kalen was the boy in the grave, only because a huge gap in the story seems to be missing near the end. I'm sure there will be another book only because there was so much unexplained. For instance why her brother who was so close to her since the beginning who's bond seemed to grow stronger with each obstacle they face could turn against her near the end.
I'm really really looking forward to reading more from this author
The Bone Witch had NO PROBLEM doing that. I haven't felt this enthralled and attached to a fantasy book since reading Uprooted, and it left me with such an intense book hangover/high that I had to rearrange my books just to work off the energy.
I need the next book, like, right now. I need a time machine and I need it now.
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I was so excited to find out that I had been approved by NetGalley to receive an eARC because I have been dying to pick up The Bone Witch ever since I saw...Read more