The Bone Witch is the first book in this new series, I was really interested in the book because of the tag line on the front of the book. “Let me be clear, I never intended to raise my brother from his grave.”
The book follows Tea, a young girl that finds out the she is a Bone Witch when she raises her brother from his grave. Tea is taken away to be trained as a Dark Asha a witch that can raise the dead. Dark Asha are the black sheep of the Asha (witches that have abilities to control the elements i.e Fire, water, earth etc.), Their job is to kill monsters but that doesn’t stop people being uncomfortable with their abilities.
The book to me felt like a Tea origin story as Tea is telling her story to a story-teller. She is explaining her journey and why she is where she is. The story has chapters about her past from Tea point of view, and smaller chapter from the story-teller point of view as he deals with Tea. By doing this it built the suspense as you want to know what happened to Tea and why. I did find it hard to connect with Tea as we are seeing Tea in two different ways it was a bit of a juxtaposition as you are both seeing both good and bad side of her.
I can’t wait to see what happens next, everything wasn’t answered in this book so I can’t wait to see what happens next. I hope that Rin continues with the style of story telling as i enjoyed having a story told from the character perception as well as see both the past and current in the book.
This book might not be for everyone but if you wanted to try something a little different from the normal YA I would give this book a go.
I give this book 4 out of 5.
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