Review – The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Posted March 2, 2017 by Emily in review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley, SOURCEBOOKS Fire in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review – The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
TITLE: The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, #1)
AUTHOR: Rin Chupeco
SERIES: The Bone Witch #1
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
PUBLICATION DATE: March 7th 2017
Source: NetGalley, SOURCEBOOKS Fire
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RATING: 2.5 Stars

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.

Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!


The Bone Witch is a high fantasy novel that alternates between the point of view of the main character, Tea, telling her story to… somebody (oops, I forgot, a guy gifted with storytelling?) for most of the chapter and the guy’s point of view for the chapter’s introduction.

Oh, The Bone Witch, how I so desperately wanted to love it but just couldn’t. The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis, interesting, but I could not keep following the story. The writing was elegant, yes. But maybe too much so. It was so descriptive and static that I may have dozed off while I was scanning, sorry reading, the book.

I’m honestly surprised I didn’t DNF this book. I came close several times, especially near the quarter and half way marks. It felt like the story was moving so slowly and I felt like nothing was happening even though there were things going on. Part of this is because Tea is not particularly memorable. And the only thing worse than a main character that you find annoying is one that you are indifferent to.

Oh, and then there’s the romance. How can I forget the romance? Oh wait, maybe because it was pretty boring. Besides the ending paragraph, the romance was not very memorable with its use of common romantic tropes (royal love triangle and insta love, in the house).

That being said, I am kind of interested in reading the sequel. In the read the summary, get spoilers, kind of way. The ending of The Bone Witch was just so… inconclusive. It made me feel like The Bone Witch was just setting up the series and the real fun was yet to come.

In Conclusion…

I was really disappointed in The Bone Witch. Despite spending more time scanning it than reading it because it bored me to death (but not enough to DNF), the plot had the potential to be great but everything else prevented it from reaching its potential.

Final Rating
2.5 Stars
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3 Stars
World Building
2.5 Stars
Overall: 2.6


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