The Bone Witch

The Bone Witch, Book 1
Series: The Bone Witch, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
4 out of 5 stars (498 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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Volume changes

The difference in narrator volume was annoying. The story was imaginative and interesting, but I did not like the change in narrators.

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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.

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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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Intresting

I really enjoyed this book and loved the world of the Asha. The slow burn romance really had me guessing. The only reason I can't rate this book a solid 5 stars is because at times the narrator was a little too quiet, and I felt as though the author could have gone into a lot more depth about the magic of the world. But the magic that was shown was fascinating and I can't wait to see how this series ends up.

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Not the story I thought it would be

Well, I made it to chapter 22 and then couldn't take it anymore. I jumped to the last chapter and finished it.

The author writes well but I found the pacing of the story to be slow and focused more on the heroine becoming an asha (I don't know the correct spelling of asha since I listened to the audiobook). And apparently, it's like becoming a geisha, which can be an interesting story.

It's just not the story I was looking for. But you might really enjoy it.

Emily Woo Zeller did a great job with the narration.

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poor volume control but good story

the female narrator uses a vast range of volumes. i get the intended effect, but at the same time i keep javing to adjist my volume.

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Loved it.

I loved the unique story and take on magical worlds. Performances by EWZ are always fantastic! Thank you.

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1st time reader of author

liked the story enough to get 2nd in series read, wonderfully and with good emotions

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Beautiful Beginnings and Narration

A wonderful fantasy series with a unique heroine, Tea (Tea-ah), that gets thrown into a society of magic, dance, and darkness. A twist on the typical YA coming of age story that will have you wanting to binge read within the first few pages.
This book is appropriate for all ages but feels very adult. The two narrators really bring the story to life in a way that I believe reading the book would not. Even if you have read the book already, this is a perfect reread that will add more life to the plot.

****SPOILERS****


This first book follows Tea during her beginning years of becoming an Asha. She learns of her powers and how to wield them, along with societal rules of her new life.
This book has many troupes, but bring a new light to them very well. There is a lot of foreshadowing in the first book that makes for a very fun reread. Good investment, especially if you like heroines.

Review done after 2nd reread.

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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!

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  • mulberry summer
  • 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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  • Anamelia Regan (EldritchFae)
  • 04-22-20

Started slow, eventually started to enjoy it.

Really struggled with the first half of this and almost gave up several times, but got better as it went on. There was a lot of infodumping and confusion, but the world was interesting and I eventually enjoyed the story.
didn't enjoy the "bard" narrator but enjoyed the narrator who did Tea's parts.

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  • Areeje
  • 09-13-19

Ok not bad

Was ok not bad just a bit boring tried to finish as quickbas possible so that I could listen to something else

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  • N. D. Taylor
  • 07-02-19

Does anything ever happen?

18 chapters in and absolutely nothing actually happened... lots of plot developments that didn’t make sense (and with no direction!) and I got really tired of the main character sounding like she was constantly on the brink of despair. It was a DNF for me!

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  • Rinike
  • 06-11-19

Cool story, but..

Performance for this was very disappointing. Narrators were good but sometimes when they would whisper it was extremely hard to hear and then suddenly they would talk normal voice or louder and it would make you toggle the volume all the time instead of enjoying the book.

The short summary of the book immediately caught my eye. I mean, for me it's hard to say no for witches & magic in general. Story and idea wise I would have given 4 star, but and it's a BIG but, how it's written (and with audio recorded) I'm only giving 3 star.

The story idea itself is so cool but the narrative and two story timelines makes it so difficult to focus on (at least for me). First few chapters I had to relisten because I would be so confused by the two narratives and frankly (in my opinion) it doesn't add that much to the story (now thinking back after finishing the book).

I still recommend the book, just don't have your hopes too high up :)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-28-18

Great overall

I really enjoyed this book. I found the universe incredibly rich and the story exciting. The performances were also very high quality and great to listen to. Looking forward to the next book!

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  • Trinire
  • 08-23-18

superb

loved thumis book, so strange, so real, lingering sadness and I wonder and hope Tea will succeed and her Brother joins her. very surprised that Laymad is her beloved, when did this happen? . Narration is wonderful
liked the way there were characters I could get to know.

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  • aklyen
  • 06-24-18

Abysmal synthetic narration

I am sure the story is a great one; but the narration is the probably the worst example of spoken english. I think the punctuation has been ignored meaning the sentences make little sense in english, at least.

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  • Ellie
  • 03-28-18

Loved it

An amazing book that I ate up every single second of. Really, really good read

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  • Gary
  • 05-25-18

Interesting protagonist, but slow, uneventful plot.

I will admit that I am a sucker for a fast paced, action novel that takes full advantage of the mystical and magical, but this story never really got going at all. An interesting protagonist, great setting and story concept, but the plat plodded along with only minor sparks of interesting conflict. This story had such potential, but failed to engage me.