ARC Book Review: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco


ashley | Everything about The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco spoke to me. I loved the cover, I love stories about witches, I had super high expectations for this book going into it and was worried it would let me down, as a few other reviews didn’t seem to share my enthusiasm.

But I liked Tea immediately and I enjoyed the format the story was told in, with Tea in present day introducing each chapter, and then flashing back to tell her story. I enjoyed watching Tea apprentice as a Bone Witch and start to grow and see the world from a different perspective. I really loved her relationship with her brother Fox, and his protectiveness and loyalty to her. It was such a strong bond and I loved how even when she started to apprentice for something bigger, she never forgot him.

I also enjoyed the flowering affection between Tea and Prince Kance. It wasn’t a cheesy instalove situation, though there was definitely intrigue and attraction. I enjoyed how it was sprinkled in among the rest of the story and never fully took dominance, though still played an important and interesting part. This is my favourite way to read about love interests.

I felt that all the characters were really strong here, even the people we only catch glimpses of at the beginning, they make an impact. Prince Kance’s cousin Kalen has that dark and brooding intrigue about him, the ladies of the Fallen Leaf add a touch of that mean girl competition, even Tea’s former coworkers-come-maids add another layer of depth and another way to watch Tea grow and interact in different situations. I loved the well rounded cast and how strongly they all worked together.

The world that they dwell in is not at a loss for its own depth and magic. This is a very rich story, but not one that has a lot of action really fast. There are beasts that are slain and situations that need to be resolved, but there’s not necessarily a lot of action or immediate gratification, this is very much Tea telling her story. Even towards the end, the last half of the book doesn’t really increase in speed, but we’re being taken on a journey into the depths of Dark magic and the slow but growing build makes the journey a full experience.

There were a few things that came up that I found confusing. A few words that were a part of this world that I didn’t feel I was given enough context of, so it left me a little uncertain. This sometimes made the overall story a bit complicated for me to follow, I wish there was a bit more time spent on describing certain elements or explaining exactly how they worked, so that we weren’t just quickly introduced to and left to take at face value. Unless I just missed something?

That said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially the ending, which I did not see coming at all. I can’t wait to read what comes next because I need to know how things ended up the way they did! I feel completely satisfied by this read, it was exactly what I was hoping it would be.


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march 7, 2017

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