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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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Cool concept, poor execution.

The premise has tons of potential and really is interesting, but the story is slow to develop and over all underwhelming. I finished the book and still wasn't even sure of what exactly the plot was, and I imagine that it should make more sense in book 2, but I'm not attached enough to the characters to keep reading.
However, the world building is wonderful and the form of magic is unique and fascinating.

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A hodgepodge of themes

As I got more into the book I became aware of many things that seemed familiar to other books I’ve read. Imagine Hogwarts training magic wielding Geisha as well as wizards and set it the renaissance period and you have an idea of how this book reads. As if J. K. Rowling wrote Memoirs of a Geisha and Hermione is the lead character, not Harry Potter. I’m going to give the second book a go and hope it’s better. Not to say this book was bad it was just kind of all over the place yet interesting, too.

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kept my attention

This story had my imagination going. however this is only my personal preference, but I really didnt understand why the male narrator didnt do all of the male voices in the story. I dont really like female narrators doing male voices. ( again only my own opinion here) I feel that if there is a male and female narrator, there really is no need to have a female do a male character. That said...both narrators did do a great job and i really did enjoy the story. Thank you!

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Excellent story and even better performance

This was one of the best books I've "experienced" in a while in that the story was just fantastic (in every sense), gorgeously visual and well told. The voice acting by Emily Woo Zeller in particular was phenomenal as well and really offered an amazing compliment to the foreign and magical elements of the story. I would have enjoyed a slightly less rushed ending to it though.

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Enjoyable

Very enjoyable story. At times the narration seemed to run together when it should have been a longer pause.

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Gripping

A gripping story, can't wait to get the next book and see where Tia goes!

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Amazing story and Amazing narrator!

The world building was amazing and had me captivated the entire length of the book! Cannot wait to read the heart forger.

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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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.