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The Bone Witch von Rin Chupeco
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The Bone Witch (2018. Auflage)

von Rin Chupeco (Autor)

Reihen: The Bone Witch (1)

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Tea's gift for death magic means that she is a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community, but when an older bone witch trains her to become an asha--one who can wield elemental magic--Tea will have to overcome her obstacles and make a powerful choice in the face of danger as dark forces approach.… (mehr)
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Titel:The Bone Witch
Autoren:Rin Chupeco (Autor)
Info:Sourcebooks Fire (2018), Edition: Reprint, 448 pages
Sammlungen:Deine Bibliothek, Read 2021
Bewertung:***1/2
Tags:hb, YA, fantasy

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The Bone Witch von Rin Chupeco

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    Das alte Königreich 1. Sabriel. von Garth Nix (bibliovermis)
    bibliovermis: A cultural tradition of Necromancy
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DNF 60%

The Bone Witch had such a great premise and such a gorgeous cover that of course I was excited about this title. Also, a main character by the name of Tea is so cool!

Inside, this book was every bit as pretty as its cover and every bit as decadent..but, sadly it fell flat for me. The world was interesting and dark, with characters that stood out and a plot that moved towards the promise of a great ending - and yet I did not finish this book at 60%. What went wrong? The Bone Witch was indescribably slow and was so bogged down with beautiful details about clothing, face paint and other details that, while lovely to read, did nothing to move the story forward.

I understand all of these parts of a costume is important as Tea's work is obviously based on the Japanese culture. I just got bored of the endless description of each character's outfit, make up, non-essential social rank and instrument/skill set even if Chupeco is an incredibly talented writer. I'm a terrible student of the world, I know.

Once Tea moves on from training and begins her tale as a Bone Witch, I lost complete interest. The love story felt unnecessary since the world was lush and engaging enough by this point that I felt like the story was ready to really hit it's stride. Regardless, all YA novels seem to need a romantic interest of some sort. So, okay I went with it and continued reading..and reading..and reading..

I basically felt like I was reading pages and pages of detail and very little plot substance at the half way point. Chupero designed this novel to be in the "show-dont-tell" vein of storytelling which, for me, completely detracted from the plot once more complex things began to happen to our heroine.

The politicking seemed to have too much unrelated additional detail. To be fair, the first book was probably focused on the foundational development for the rest of the series, hence the monotonous details..but I just couldn't..

I really wanted to love this book since it had all the trappings of an amazing novel, I really did. And Ive put off writing this review because this book definitely deserves better lip service.

The Bone Witch didn't do it for me. Maybe if you have the patience it'll work for you?

Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks for a copy of this novel for review purposes. ( )
  trigstarom | Aug 23, 2021 |
I’ve known a bit about this trilogy for sometime but I never thought I would read it because my tbr is already so huge. But my dear friend Krisha assured me that it’s brilliant and we also chose it as the May BOTM for our Stars and Sorcery book club, so here I am. And it definitely didn’t disappoint.

I loved the world building in this book. The whole book is essentially the main character Tea learning about the world around her, the histories of all the eight kingdoms, the various kinds of magic and monsters and we learn it all right alongside her. Even though not in huge detail, we get to know the distinctions between each kingdom and it’s people, how it all came to be and what are their beliefs. The witches in this world are called asha and there are various different kinds of them including the elementals and the necromancers. We also get a good glimpse into how these asha are trained and their daily lives - all of this could feel boring to some readers but I liked the steady pace, and there was always something happening to keep me interested. There was also a bit of Middle Eastern influence in the world, from using face veils to the food consumed and also some of the very familiar language used and I absolutely loved it all. I’m not much of a fan of descriptions but the way the wraps (called hua) that the asha wear, their combs and their hairpins are described, it’s all totally stunning. There is not a lot of plot in this book, but I thought this brilliantly developed world made up for it.

Tea is such an interesting character. From a scared girl who just can’t believe that her brother is dead to a Dark asha who is confident in her magical abilities, her development is phenomenal. She is good at heart, has a lot of interest in learning more about her abilities and is not afraid to use it. She is also quite clever and quick witted, using her skills to almost manipulate others to agree to her proposals. However, she also sees that despite the very important job she and others like her perform as a Dark Asha, which essentially leeches off their life force, the people will never truly respect her kind. She is also unsure about the methods used to get rid of the monsters or daeva of this world, and just wants to find a better way. Most of this story is actually a flashback, but we also get to see Tea on a totally different path in the present, and that made it all even more interesting for me. I can’t wait to see how this amazing powerful asha with good intentions veered away from her friends.

There are so many wonderful relationships in this book, the major one being between Tea and her undead brother Fox. They are bound due to the magic that she performed, but their bond is much stronger than that. She loves him with all her heart and he would do anything to protect her. I’m very very eager to know how their dynamic changes later in the series. Tea also forms some very special friendships with the other asha who mentor her and I really enjoyed all their interactions. Well written female friendships are hard to come by, so I really liked that this book had multiple such ones. There also seems to be a budding romance but it’s only hinted at, whereas the ending completely shocked me, so I’m even more excited to see how the love story will play out.

To conclude, I can say that I found this book very interesting to read with its phenomenal world building and amazing cast of characters. If you are looking for more plot driven or action packed fantasy, this might not be the book for you. But if you enjoy slow paced but excellent storytelling with characters you can’t help but love, then I think you’ll really enjoy this book. The book seems to have taken quite an interesting and dark turn towards the end, and I can’t wait to read what happens next. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher via Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

Please see my full reviews at www.coffeeandtrainspotting.wordpress.com. ( )
  SarahRita | Aug 11, 2021 |
awful I got about 10 chapters in and called it quits horrible ( )
  debbiedd24 | Jul 21, 2021 |
I am marking this as DNF for now. Almost no dialogue and very little happening. Planning to try the audio version, but for now I am marking DNF and 20%
  starslight86 | Jul 20, 2021 |
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Rin ChupecoHauptautoralle Ausgabenberechnet
Damron, WillErzählerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Zeller, Emily WooErzählerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt

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Dedicated to the countless bowls of ramen, who have supported me throughout the writing of this book and have still continued to do so long after I was done.



And also to Ramen Santouka, for supplying said ramen.
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Tea's gift for death magic means that she is a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community, but when an older bone witch trains her to become an asha--one who can wield elemental magic--Tea will have to overcome her obstacles and make a powerful choice in the face of danger as dark forces approach.

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