Monday, May 23, 2022

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Author: Rin Chupeco
Original title: The Bone Witch
Edition Language: English
Series: The Bone Witch #1
Genres:  Fantasy
Format: Audio book
Read by: Emily Woo Zeller, Will Damron
Duration: 12h8m

    When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother, Fox, 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.

My thoughts:
       I really enjoyed this book. It is a YA fantasy from Philippines. I was a bit sceptical about this book at the beginning, but really fast was drawn into this beautiful world of witches. This book is slow and very character driven, so if you expect epic battles you might be disappointed. I was not, however.

The book is full of vibrant colours, vivid characters, youth and adventure. A big bulk of the book is dedicated to world building, politics and social hierarchy. It is also full of life issues: nationalism, injustice, feminism, the tyranny of elders, fear of changes, prejudice, youth rebellion.

I like the structure of the book: we got the glimpses of the future at the end of each chapter, which is full of spoilers, but it makes it more interesting to get there with our protagonist through her adventures. Though the bone witch uses the "chosen" theme, it is not taken lightly. Tea does not get everything in one day, she works hard and a lot, and goes through a great deal of ordeal and humiliation to get there she wants.
   I could not get myself away from this book for a long time and picking up the sequel right away.

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