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The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, 1) (edition 2018)
by Rin Chupeco (Author)
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
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The bone witch is a fantasy about a necromancer within a community of Asha. (I imagined these as Geisha girls since they do the entertaining etc.)
Bone witches are healers and necromancers they have incredible power and thus are feared and hated by most people. They can look at a hearts glass and know exactly what you're about.
Anyways. The review.
I listened to this on audible at work, it was free (I think??)
Initially I thought this was quite a nice read, easy to follow and had the elements to be a really enticing and great story read in the present time by a male (the bard) and when reflecting the past read by female (our MC)
I was really enjoying it, though it was a little slow but not so slow that I found myself switching off.
But the more it went on....the more I realised what was happening with this story and it began to really get annoying... And as I listened, I couldn't help but wonder why on earth the author had decided to tell all the secrets and future events before they even happen!!!
This one thing is what dropped two stars for me. There is no suspense, no 'I wonder which love she ends with and how it happens.' Everything is told to the reader before it happens.... And it began to drive me insane.
As a writer myself I like to (try) keep the reader guessing, build up to something they won't see coming or just not reveal everything before it happens.
Genuinely this book had a lot of potential to be great and in many ways it was, the descriptions, the characters, the setting and the transition from past and present.
But WHO TELLS THE READER WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN BEFORE IT EVEN HAPPENS IN THE STORY?
I did finish the first one, and continued to download heart forger book 2. And though it continues nicely from the first one... I found it doing the same thing (obviously).... So I put it down and likely won't return to it.
I would probably look at this authors other works, as it may be just how she felt this story had to be written
I really wanted to write a lengthy review for this one instead of a witty one-liner but the last 400 pages just bored all the fun out of me.
Started brilliantly, ended run-of-the-mill supernatural young adult novel.
Loved the setting, the culture, the monsters, the non whiteness of the characters, the queer friendly vibe.
Disliked the "preparing the debutante Cinderella" for 400 goddamn pages.
My feelings are a little mixed with this book. I am kind of disappointed that I didn’t like this book more than I did since the main character has a gift for necromancy. I liked the book for the most part but there were parts that felt really slow and other sections that left me slightly confused. I thought that the overall premise of the story was well done but I wasn’t a huge fan of the dual timelines and was always more interested in the past over the present which was told through a bard. I listened to the audiobook and thought that both Emily Woo Zeller and Will Damron did a great job with the story. I doubt that I will continue with the series.
I received a digital review copy of this book from Sourcebooks Fire and borrowed a copy of the audiobook.
DNF @ 45% Gahh, I was so excited when I first heard about this book, and I was super excited to finally read it now that I finally have the time. The beginning was really interesting, but after that the plot slowed down a lot and I kind of lost interest. I might try to finish this some other time just because I was so excited for it originally, but for now I'm going to pass on it.
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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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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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Tea, off and on through out the book, sounded very whiny. But that could of been the narrators voice acting. Overall, a good listen/read! ( )