The Bone Witch
Sci Fi & Fantasy, Teens & YA
SYNOPSIS: 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.
REVIEW: The Bone Witch wasn’t quite what I was expecting but then again, I probably couldn’t adequately describe what I was expecting. Inside this YA fantasy tale, the reader will find a heady mix of genres: supernatural thriller, coming of age tale, political intrigue, witchcraft with a well-crafted magic system, zombie raisings, espionage intrigue, mystery and a few others I’m probably forgetting at the moment. The book also includes post-chapter flash-forwards which hint at what’s to come in future volumes, including revenge and epic battles—conclusions based upon events we aren’t quite privy to in the first book but can anticipate learning about in the next book. It’s quite a juggling act. Chupeco is a skilled author, adept at world building.