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In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price.

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.

©2017 Rin Chupeco (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Great story but too quiet

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. the world and magic in it was very unique and we'll explained. I look forward to the next book since there is still much to be explored with Tea's past and how she got to where she is now.

my only complaint is that the female (and primary) narrator was way too quiet. I had to listen to this at pretty much full volume. Much of the narration was spoke in a soft voice and it was hard to hear when characters were speaking quietly. when they talked in a whisper I couldn't hear anything. it was really irritating to strain to hear and then get blasted when characters like Mother (who has a loud screechy voice) would start talking.

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Story was pretty good, main narrator not so much

Would you try another book from Rin Chupeco and/or Emily Woo Zeller and Will Damron ?

I would like to read the sequel to find out what happened between the present day (Will Damron) and the past (Emily Woo Zeller). I plan on avoiding Emily Woo Zeller's work, though.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I thought Fox was the most interesting character. I wish his adjustment from dead to un-dead had been explored more.

What didn’t you like about Emily Woo Zeller and Will Damron ’s performance?

Zeller tended to make the main character's voice whiny and wobbly any time she spoke, especially in the beginning. I get that the character is a kid, but the voice was just terrible. Same for other characters - weird, annoying voices getting in the way of what little plot there was.

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info dumpster, and whisper mummble

struggled to finish because the story was heavy weighed down by details, world biulding, and descriptions.
the narrator albeit lovely voice whisper mumbled a lot and proved difficult to enjoy. disappointed

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The Bone Witch - A series with potential

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I think what I disliked most about this book was the fact that I chose to listen to it on audiobook.

Yes, my method of listening to the first book in a fantasy series has finally failed me.

The narrator of Tea just made the character came across as so whinny that on more than one occasion I found myself knee deep in eye rolls.

Also, the man narrating from what I can tell is a yet unknown character was rather monotoned in his rendition.

How could the performance have been better?

Looking back through certain passages, that really got on my last nerve, I found myself reading them in a different less obnoxious way.

Any additional comments?

3.5 out of 5 stars.

If you like dark high fantasy then The Bone Witch by Rin Cupeco should be the next book you pick up.

The magic system is what makes it dark, with one of the two narrators, Tea, being able to bring back the deceased.

There’s a part with some rats, so you have been warned.

But just because she has this fantastical ability, doesn’t mean she’s accepted by either non-magic or asha’s (other magical folk).

I may sound like a broken record but I enjoyed the lack of romance in this YA book.

While Tea did have a love interest in Prince Kance, it wasn’t as developed in this first book, with only a dinner happening between the two.

Furthermore, the relationships explored between Tea and her brother Fox, and Tea and her mentor Mekayla.

And can we just gawk about the cover for a second?!

Even with this issue I think I am going to continue with the series.

I feel this book really set the ground work for an epic fantasy, and as such was slower because of it being the first.

Second, that ending has me intrigued enough to pick up The Heart Forger when it is published in March 2018.

There is potential.

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loved the story 4/5 stars from me

I absolutely loved this story.
the reader did their job well
sounds could have been made clearer as there are a few points in the story where I had to turn down my volume to my headphones in order to not get a headache from how harsh it sounded. excellent but just short of gold

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Love this book!

I absolutely adore this book and the narrators who read it for us. The story and time changes made it so interesting to read and listen to. I’ve listened to and read this book more times than I can count now and I cannot wait for the sequel!

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This book is an amazing read!

This is a wonderful world they have created , I wanted to be part of . Your imagination will soar and you will be left wanting more! Now on to book 2

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Wonderful

The characters and the setting were very vivid. The story was riveting. Now I can’t wait for the next one. I have to see if there is a release date. I must know what happens!

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Good story but...

I found this story to be interesting and confusing all at once! I found parts of it hard to follow and many holes were left in the end! I really hope there will be a sequel to fill in the holes that were left and answers all my questions!! Because I was left with many questions!! Otherwise good story and book! I loved that there were no curse words or scenes that my ten year old couldn't listen to with me!

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Great Fantasy

I was skeptical as to whether or not this book would be a good fit for me, but let me tell you that I really, really enjoyed it! Tea leads a quiet life with a big family, surrounded by older siblings and a chaotic but fairly loving environment. When family tragedy strikes, her powers are dramatically exposed and she must leave to train her rare gifts in a new city with people she's never met. The world of The Bone Witch was magical and fascinating. Every person gets something called a heart's glass, a sort of necklace that shows the world who you are and what you're feeling. The concept of the heart's glass was one of my favorite parts of the story and much of the book revolves around its meaning in society. The world of the asha is complicated by a strict hierarchy and the amount of detail shared about how it works and how Tea had to navigate her way through it was one of many aspects of The Bone Witch that made it a fully immersive storytelling experience. Although Tea's powerful gifts were sought after, Bone Witches also faced prejudice and danger from enemies. Much of the book was about Tea's journey, of course, but it also introduced relationships and political intrigue that I know will play a part in the next installment.

The Bone Witch starts at the end with the storytelling vehicle being a bard, who travels to find Tea and persuade her to tell her story. I really loved getting both voices because we hear Tea's own view of her life and we also get see her as the bard sees her. If you are a lover of fantasy, especially those set in unique worlds, I highly recommend reading or listening to The Bones Witch.

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  • mulberrysummer
  • 06-21-17

Interesting

Great start and a unusual fun story but where as the author had taken time in the beginning to describe each scene they started to cram it in at the end and it got abit confusing. Then they leave you hanging

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  • Kernow Girl
  • 03-17-17

Not the Best Ending!

Loved this book up to the last chapter.... then it ended too quickly with lots unexplained. Such a shame!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful