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The Bone Witch

(The Bone Witch #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  31,294 ratings  ·  5,677 reviews
Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there's anything I've learned from him in the years since, it's that the dead hide truths as well as the living.

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 tha
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Rin Chupeco My deal with my publisher is that what I plan to write next is pretty flexible, but I'm definitely making at least a sequel! …moreMy deal with my publisher is that what I plan to write next is pretty flexible, but I'm definitely making at least a sequel! (less)
Rin Chupeco The Bone Witch is made up of two intertwined stories, so to speak. One takes place in the present, where a bard recounts his experiences with an exile…moreThe Bone Witch is made up of two intertwined stories, so to speak. One takes place in the present, where a bard recounts his experiences with an exiled asha he meets on a lonely beach of skulls. The second takes place in the past, where the same asha tells of her rise within the ranks of the gilded community of spellbinders who takes her in to be trained. But there is more to her than she first appears, and the unsuspecting bard might soon play a far bigger role in her story than even he realizes.(less)

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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
When it raised its head, I saw that it had my brother’s face, drawn and bloodless and dead.
“Tea,” the figure said.
But then it smiled, and it was Fox’s smile, quiet and kind.
Oh hey! Remember me? I used to review YA books but stopped for a long ass time because I got burned out from reading boring/shitty ones. This book is the first new release YA I've read in what feels forever, because, well, hello? NECROMANCY! WHOO! Unfortunately, the book that brought about my return to reviewing and YA wa
Miranda Reads
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

When people cut us, we are expected to do only two things: smile and bleed.
Tea, a young girl in a poor village, comes from a family of witches.

She always imagined her powers to be similar to her family - something domestic and heartwarming.

But...when her brother returns from the war, dead, and then comes back to life...Tea realizes her powers are far more sinister than she ever imagined.
We can endure any amount of sadness for the people we love.
Tea is a bone witch - part of a dying clan
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I loved and devoured the first half of this book. If that pace continued, this book would have got an easy five star rating. Unfortunately, the last fifty percent of this book felt like it would never end, and not in a good way. This book has very, very long descriptions. Sometimes I would be taken out of the plot, because it was so overwhelmingly descriptive; especially with our main protagonist's lessons. This is a ve
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: 99 cents on Kindle US 11/16/19


At first I couldn't get into the book because I didn't know what all was going on, I'm still not sure on a few things.

I very much enjoyed the characters of Tea and Fox, they were siblings. And Tea kinda sorta brought Fox back to life when he died.

What other reprimands he intended died on his tongue when the ground began to move. A terrible rumbling and heaving began underneath us, beneath the fresh dirt that made up Fox's grave. There was a muffle
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: year-2017, 2-star, arc
Actual Rating: 1.5 Stars

I have finally reached the end of this long, long journey.

The Bone Witch has an amazing sounding premise, interesting writing, and semi-diverse characters. Unfortunately, it's a book that sounds better in summary than it proves to be in execution.


In the grip of sorrow, Tea accidentally raises her brother from the dead. Her newfound ability sends her into an apprenticeship to become a Bone Witch, or a Dark Asha.

Dark Asha generally serve to protect the king
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Possibly 2.5*
Need to sit on this one for a bit before I review. I flew through it but not really in a good way.
Simona B
*I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

DNF 50%

I will be brief. This book has already taken up too much of my time.

•Nothing happens -and since I surely have said that before in relation to other books, let me repeat it: nothing happens. Because only now I understand that all the times that I've written these very two words before, I didn't really mean them. Never have I felt such nothingness from a plot like I did from The Bone Witch's. And what's
Rin Chupeco
May 03, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
BEHOLD, the fruit of my loins! Mind the thigh gap.

Awesome thanks to Hypable, who did the cover reveal and has an excerpt! https://t.co/9ZUUQUWqYK

What you can expect from THE BONE WITCH:

1. Geisha-esque girl fighters and strategists wielding powerful magic and throwing shade.

2. Male counterparts who dress in black and kick ass.

3. Undead gigantic demonic beasts that do not die for long, no matter how many times you kill them

4. Bone witches who can CONTROL undead gigantic demonic beasts, albeit n
Tina Haigler
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
"THE BEAST RAGED; IT PUNCTURED the air with its spite."

This is the first book in a trilogy. I'm not going to lie. This books starts off really interesting but the middle takes FOREVER! I understand it is world building, but can we get a little action thrown in? All, and I mean all, of the action is in the beginning and the end. Hence my rating. Don't get me wrong. I loved learning the ins and outs of the world, but it was a lot of information. Throwing in something to get the heart pumping h
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

I literally just finished the book and oh my God... I can't... I can't even... that ending...


First things first, let me talk about my overall thoughts and opinions on The Bone Witch.

As many of you have known, the Bone Witch has a lot of mixed reviews from several people. Even my friend's reviews vary from some liking it to some disliking it and even DNF'ing it. This is one of those books where you either love it or hate it or are somewhere in the middle.

Me, personally: I liked this book
Wren (fablesandwren)
I was kindly given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by SOURCEBOOKS Fire!

I'm going to be real honest with you guys, I only got 31% into this book and I just couldn't push myself to go any further sadly.

I was just confused a lot of the time, so half the things I am about to say are probably not correct, but I am going to do it to my best knowledge.

I love the idea of the book. You have these witches, or ashas as they call them, they can basically use their water/fire/earth po
Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
Honestly just found this to be *fine*. That’s all. I have little to say on it besides it was slow and I wasn’t invested in the characters enough to make up for that. I also expected more of an atmosphere with its emphasis on necromancy and monster but alas, it was nonexistent. It wasn’t bad, the writing was lovely in its descriptions, but otherwise I’ll probably just move on from it very quickly.
Drcong O '
DNF @ 11%

-I'm really bored.
-So much info dumping?? Like what is even happening?
-It's confusing.
-Not holding my interest.

This is a DNF for now, which is why I'm not rating it. I can't focus on this while reading on my kindle. I'll probably buy my own copy and read it once it gets released and give it another try.

I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
“Then perhaps we should carve a world one day where the strength lies in who you are, rather than in what they expect you to be.”

The Bone Witch had such an interesting premise that I thought I would love it, despite the mixed reviews. Unfortunately, not even that could keep me engaged for most of the story and this ended up falling quite flat for me.

the premise
Tea lives in a land of magic and witches. Her sisters all have powers of a more traditional sense, such as water, fire and earth. But o
April (Aprilius Maximus)
1.) The Bone Witch ★★★★
2.) The Heart Forger ★★★.5


"Then perhaps we should carve a world one day where the strength lies in who you are rather than in what they expect you to be."

representation: Filipino rep (own voices)

[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]


LOVED the concept of this. It’s so unique! Will definitely be continuing on with this series because I need to know how she ended up exiled!
Sarah (thegirltheycalljones)
Thanks Netgalley for providing an ARC!

Here is what the author said we could expect from the book, and what I think about it :

1. Geisha-esque girl fighters and strategists wielding powerful magic and throwing shade.
Kinda. They're not doing much except being booked for parties and going to Tea Houses, but technically yes, they're here and match the description.
2. Male counterparts who dress in black and kick ass.
I have seen no male kicking ass, dressed in black or not, unfortunately, except may
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
It was true that I was born at the height of an eclipse, when the sky closed its only moon eye too wink back at the world, like my arrival was a private joke between old friends. Or perhaps the moon read my fate in the stars and hid, unwilling to bear witness to my birth. It is the kind of cataclysm people associate with bone witches. But surely normal children have been born under this cover of night, when the light refused to shine, and went on live perfectly normal lives?

The Bone Witch is
Lauren (Shakespeare & Whisky)
I avoided this after some negative early reviews. What a mistake!

This book is awesome. It is character focused. If you're only interested in break neck speed plotting with paper thin characters don't bother with this one.

But if you love original fantasy novels that spend time developing the character and world you will appreciate this awesome novel.

The main character is something of an anti-hero which I appreciated. The majority of the book is about the MC finding her own power and it reminded
Aoife - Bookish_Babbling
Snapped up the audio version for my first OverDrive adventure to participate in the NicNax Book Club Backlist Readalong hosted on bookstagram by the amazing Tasha...how she manages to organise such awesome readlongs at the same time as the fab fun BookBingo is a mystery to me 🤩

I had such fun sharing thoughts and ideas with the group and we're continuing straight on with the sequel, because this ends in an interesting place with tasty tidbits and hints still to be unravelled.

Told in an alternatin
Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net
I have this thing about DNFing too many books in a year. I hate to do it, so I try to avoid it when I can.

This book sorely tested the limits of that rule.

☼ T H E G O O D ☼
The Cover is AMAZING. Lets not even undersell that, because the cover is so good I know it's selling people on the book. It sold me on it, and it sold a number of my friends on it too.

The Premise. High Fantasy is my weakness. I just love it, and can get lost in it pretty easily. You've got magic galore in this story, w
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I see from a mere glance at the reviews this book has been receiving thus far that people are very torn about this book. And I'll be honest. For the 1st 20-30%, there was progress, but it was a bit sluggish. However, it never rose to a point where I felt bored. And always, ALWAYS, something kept me glued to The Bone Witch no matter what.

Yes, there are minute details describing the outfits worn herein. And perhaps things might have developed with a dash more action? These types of ... well, q
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, arc
Despite my low rating, The Bone Witch actually wasn't that bad. It was surprisingly well developed, something YA fantasy tends to slack on. I got a strong sense of the world, the royal culture of ashas - females who wield magic - and the magic itself was very detailed.

I liked the world building derived from ancient Japanese culture. The fighting, robes called huas females wore, and respectful traditions such as bowing and proper titles all brought me back to Alison Goodman's dragon fantasy, Eon,
Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Fire and NetGalley.)

"This is death magic, complicated and exclusive and implacable, and from the start, I wielded it with ease."

This was a YA fantasy story, about a girl with the power of necromancy.

Tea was quite a strong character, and I liked how she wasn't afraid to stand up and act when the situation called for it. I also found the way she discovered her powers (by raising her brother from the dead), to be
Apr 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
This freaking book.

Just to get this out of the way, this was not a good book. As many reviewers at Booklikes noted, this YA fantasy novel hit every trope that many of us readers are tired of reading.

Main character is the best (insert name of thing) ever.

There is purple prose galore.

World-building is all over the place and more often than not, author contradicts themselves regarding the rules they have put in place.

There is a love triangle (STOP IT!)

People (usually women) are jealous of mai
Chelsies Reading Escape
I was so excited when I got an ARC of this book but when the reviews started coming in I started getting a little bit apprehensive. I think having lower expectations made me enjoy this story a lot more than I would have originally. The pace was a little slow and not much happened with the plot. Its more character driven with some great world building thrown in. However Im a plot driven reader and I would have loved for the plot to move along quicker. Overall I liked the plot but I wanted more ac ...more
Montzalee Wittmann
The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco is one of the best fantasy books I have read in the last few years, and I read a lot of books! This book is rich in how the author weaves the story's multiple levels, the characters, the many subtle things that come up later that if you don't really pay attention to it, you would miss it. I read really fast but for this book, I read very slowly and reread parts over, something I never do! This book has so much in it that you might miss if you re ...more
BAM the enigma
A huge thanks goes to Rin Chupeco and Sourcebooks Fire for the opportunity to submit this unbiased opinion.

A story collecter has a dream and chases down an asha, an exiled bone witch with her own tale to tell, even at the age of seventeen.

The story she tells begins with her girlhood while she was known as Tea in her large family, who brings her older brother, Fox, back from the dead. This is how it's discovered she is a dark asha. Word of her feat reaches Lady Mylaeka, a renowned asha, who take
Sara (sarawithoutanH)
Things I Liked
● Tea is telling the story to someone in the future. I enjoyed catching glimpses of the much older and wiser Tea between chapters.
● The ashas - they basically were powerful geishas that could wield magic.
● The concept of heartsglass was interesting. People wear heartsglass around their necks and it changes colors depending on what the person is feeling. You can give your heartsglass to a significant other, but it can allow the person to have power over you if they mistreat your h
Feb 06, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was an okay read. It had moments of promise built in an intricate world. The problem is it often slogs down into information dumps and overly descriptive sections that seem to roll on and on. I am typically a fan of character driven literature and don’t want simple plot twists driving my reading experience, but this book needed more.
Don’t get me wrong, when it moved it moved along nicely. There were sections that were compelling. The world design is impressive (if sometimes confusing) and m
Hayley ☾ (TheVillainousReader)
I-- Hmm... Uh.. HmMmMmM. What... Wha... I'm so confused.


Um. Wooo. A.. I don't even know how to start this review because I'm... SO CONFUSED. HOW CAN I BE THIS CONFUSED AFTER A 12 HOUR AUDIOBOOK?! IS IT BECAUSE I LISTENED?!

I honestly don't know how to review or rate this book. While the concept was so so awesome, Asha (who reminded me kind of like Geisha with their training and artistry) train to be artists..? But also.. draw magic and runes and fight bad guys..? Wars..? But if you're a D
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