The Bone Witch
Series : The Bone Witch
Publisher: Source Book Fire
Source : Nsw Wales Books
Release Date : March 7th 2017 US / July 2017 Aus
The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.
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.
Do you ever have a book that you wait in anticipation for and then it doesn’t live to your overwhelming expectations that you have. Unfortunately this was the case for me with The Bone Witch. It wasn’t quite the book I hoped it would be. I’m not overly disappointed, I just hope that I would be totally in love with the book and gushing about it right now
There is nothing wrong with the book. I wasn’t finding myself connecting to the story like I hoped I would as a fantasy reader. It’s very descriptive and isn’t a bad thing but I wished there was a bit more action sooner as this fantasy reader wants to be midst of the action. However then I do see the point of delaying the action to end as these a gentle woman all things considered as the asha culture is based on a very famous real culture that is known for their arts right then fighting skills. Tea was totally ignorant and very young at the beginning but I’m getting ahead of myself here.
Inspired by geishas and their culture , the author weaves a story where witches are revered and treated as important members of the community because of their abilities and the happiness they bring to the community . Except for Tea who discovers her gift for necromancy unintentionally when she raise her brother from the dead and makes her a outcast in her community. Fearful of her powers, she is forced to take leave under the care of older wise bone witch and sent to another land to become an asha.
For Tea, barely a teenager she was surprisingly strong about the whole situation considering things. Her beloved brother Fox was back so it seemed no harm for her to go and train to become something . As least she would have a future where she was looked after like a human being and had a chance to become someone thanks to her powers. Though now looking back I wonder if the maturity she lacked at the beginning was there would she have made the same decisions. Tea was from a simple background and whilst she was very knowledgeable about the kingdoms and people. I found her lacking when it came to the finer details of life. She was book smart yet she was very innocent in others way. It really came to light as the story progressed as arrives at her new home and began her training. Her innocent was slowly taken away and sometimes it wasn’t easy being Tea especially when she undertook her training.
The home of the ashas is magical and mysterious and this where the story starts to take its shape as the author delve into the mysterious culture that Tea is now part of. Unlocking the door to the world that is govern by hierarchy . It was an intriguing world though it was sometimes mundane as we watched Tea in her new life . Forced to start from the ground up and learn about the world she was thrown into . She embraced it and allowed us to experience may things and met people along the way that added to the story and the world we were in
A world that was secretive and still an enigma by the end as we only saw in the perspective of Tea. As a teenager Asha who was supposed to be a gentle woman yet Tea wasn’t that person exactly. It was very late in the game but we saw a shift after basically building up the life of Tea as this asha who would be responsible and prim so to speak. Guided by the elders and forced to live up the rules
That when we really got to crux and then the climax of the story. Whilst there was action and saw Tea becoming her own person and challenge the norm. The action element that we deemed the norm with fantasy was very much lacking until to the later part of this book.
The Bone Witch has an intriguing premise and fantasy is one of the bigger trends in YA currently and I’m spoiled for choice. So when this originally came across my radar. I was intrigued by the premise and was curious about the second half of the blurb. As it alluded to Tea becoming something special and not being feared which intrigued me as this power could be dangerous. Whilst this book did deliver the answers I sought though very late in the book of what she could become. It was a very long journey to that point. I love the inspiration that was taken with this book and enjoyed it some what . But this book takes a very long time to really get going because we watch Tea grown into her teenage years and as an asha . The author really spends time building the geisha inspired culture that forms the basis for this novel and explore relationships that Tea makes in her new life. And with all the building with the culture and the world to allow Tea come into own. I do hope the next book will explore some of the ideas that were introduced in this novel and take more of an action approach .