Published by Sourcebooks Fire on March 7th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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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.
Disclaimer: We received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects our opinion of the book.
DNF @ 43%
I think I did quite well making it this far! This book had so much promise, and I enjoyed it for a little well. But it was so bogged down with detail that I just lost steam. There was just not enough plot and too much world-building, coming across more like a sociological text on the culture of the asha and the kingdoms they operated in. It took a quarter of the book for even a little bit of excitement, and that barely had any impact except to trigger more description of the ashas’ way of life. Eventually, I couldn’t bring myself to turn another page, as it felt like slogging through mud.
DNF @ 9%
I am dreading going back to this one so that is how I know I need to DNF it. I was intrigued by the magic but the way it was written was just Not For Me™. I didn’t like the flashback between the past and the present with the italics and the two different “narrators” basically telling the same story. I didn’t find the world to be that enthralling to make up for how much I didn’t like the writing so that is why this one is just a nope for me.
It just didn’t work for either of us, honestly. This isn’t one we’d recommend.