bone witch book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

I knew I would like this book. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco intrigued me with its descriptive story telling and unique characters. I fell in love with the world the author created, and wanted to know more about every character.

Tea lived in a small town–a town that is part of a magical world where only certain types of magic are warmly regarded. When Tea accidentally summons her brother back from the dead, she has to come to terms with being a “bone witch” and a wielder of the dark arts. As Tea begins her training as an asha, a wielder of strong magic, she learns all magic is not equal and some is prosecuted against–even if she and the few other bone witches are all that stands between life and death for her world.

I love books that transport me to another world. I see them as little mini vacations. This book managed to transport me to a world filled with similarities to our own. Our world often persecutes people for traits they have no control over, like race. Tea struggles with her new abilities and wonders if the power is worth the cost.

The story is told in an interesting way as well. Instead of having flashbacks, the author includes snippets of the future. While it took me a while to warm up to this literary device, I ended up enjoying the connections the author made between the past and future in each chapter.

The book is the first installment of a series, and thus has a few holes and ends on a cliffhanger. However, I believe the story was developed enough to leave the reader wanting more.

I think The Bone Witch is an excellent source of young adult fantasy. While some other novels may be more intricate, this book offers detailed, likable characters you can relate to. My only criticism is the beginning left me wanting to know more about Tea’s family – particularly her newly resurrected brother – but this also kept me reading to learn more. I fully enjoyed my mini vacation to the world of the bone witch and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a little fantasy mixed with relatable issues.

Sarah Emily Lelonek has a BA in English Literature from Kent State University. She is currently enrolled at Tiffin University in their Master’s of Education program. She enjoys traveling and gaming while on breaks from working on her novel.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Sourcebooks Fire. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.