Author: Rin Chupeco
Series Number: 1
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from the publishers via netgalley to review.
Summary: 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.
there was so much potential for this book. honestly, the summary and everything i’d heard about online painted this book in a positive light. sadly, this book was a lot less than what i’d hoped for. the writing style was beautiful. some reviews i’ve seen say it’s too descriptive, but i really enjoyed it in this book. even though it’s so poetic, i felt confused a lot of the time. i had no idea what was going on or why.
this could also be due to the lack of actual plot. it felt as if nothing was actually happening. i didn’t particularly mind this, but it did make the book very slow to get through and to understand what’s going on. i feel like this is a good setup for the next few books, and could’ve been a novella rather than a full-length novel. there is definitely potential here.
The two timelines thing was very confusing. I honestly had no idea what was going on and skim read it as I was so lost. According to some reviews I’ve looked at, it’s like a flash forward type thing(??). it didn’t add anything to the story and it would’ve been better had it been cut out.
the beginning/first 50% of this book was very good. i was hooked. i loved the world, the characters and nearly everything. unfortunately, the second half of this book was totally different. there’s hardly any action (when i thought there’d be quite a lot). i wish there was more dealings with the necromancy stuff. i found that really interesting. pretty much all that happens is a whole bunch of tea party stuff and socialization. and her training consisted of dancing and singing, which made no sense to me and wasn’t really explained. like, how is dancing or singing going to help her use her dark magic?
on a good note, i really liked tea. although her name is very strange. i liked fox, her brother, and their relationship. i wish there was more development with these characters (as well as their relationship, especially since fox is dead). i absolutely loved likh, and how he wanted to do something even though it was looked down upon as a “woman’s thing”.
overall, yes this book is fairly boring and confusing, i still really enjoyed it. i think it sets up everything well for the sequel, and i can’t wait to read it. (i certainly hope there’s more use of magic and action).