Let me be clear, I never intended to raise my brother from his grace…
Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.
Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.
About the Book
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Series The Bone Witch #1
Format Hardcover, 411 pages
Publisher Sourcebooks Fire (March 7th 2017)
Read March 24 – March 26, 2017
In The Bone Witch, Tea finds out she has dark magic powers at her brother’s funeral. In her grief, she draws a rune automatically and raises him from the dead. With her brother as her walking-dead familiar, she becomes the apprentice of the bone witch, Mykaela, one of the last in existence, traveling to a new kingdom and entering the world of asha/witch training. Even though Tea is set apart from the other asha with her darker brand of magic, she’s still taught everything an asha in high society must know: dancing, singing, flower arranging, and history but also fighting. From Mykaela she learns how to control and communicate with the dead, in preparation for her life raising and then killing monsters called daeva who regenerate every few years and kill anything in their path as part of an old curse.
Chapters weave back and forth between Tea as an apprentice until age 15 and Tea, age 17, living as a hermit in caves on a distant beach. A bard finds her so he can tell her story, beginning with his amazement that Tea is no longer afraid of the daeva she’d been trained to kill. She seems to have another plan for the monsters entirely.