The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Expected publication: March 7th, 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire.
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. (Goodreads)
I don’t often feature book covers this large on reviews but this cover takes my breath away. It is stunning to say the least. I am going to keep this short and sweet. I love witches. I watch witch movies all the time and they often are some of my favorites. With Halloween just around the corner, I wanted to find a witch story I could love just as much since I realized I don’t read books with witches despite them being one of my all time favorite types of characters. When I read the synopsis of The Bone Witch I immediately requested it via NetGalley. As I am still building my status there I was super surprised to be approved for this title. I wanted to wait until October to read this story but I could not hold off any longer so I picked it up and immediately regretted it.
I don’t often read fantasy novels and The Bone Witch reminded me why. I was only able to force myself through 5% before I concluded I needed to DNF it and move on. Fantasy novels require a reader to become fully immersed in the world that the author creates. I had the hardest time connecting to anything (the world, the characters, the plot) because of the foreign terminology. I understand there will be unfamiliar terms in a fantasy story but I don’t expect there to be so much that I am completely confused and disinterested this early on. There needs to be something I can relate to, to draw me into the story, to want me to finish.
From what I gathered barely pages into the second chapter, there are two stories being intertwined to tell a larger story about the witches and other beings of this world. This was completely lost on me. Like I mentioned earlier the cover is to die for and there is going to be a map too. I bet it’s going to be just as stunning however, the story is what makes or breaks it and this time, it’s a big old pass from me. Better luck to the readers that can stick through the tough times in the beginning and get to the meat of the story.
I was provided a digital review copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest feedback.