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.
Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!
Tea never wanted to be what is referred to as a Bone Witch, she just couldn't understand how her family could bury her brother who clearly wasn't dead! Problem is, he was, or is depending on your perspective and now it's clear Tea is most definitely a necromancer of great power when she had dreamed of being an Asha. Tea is lucky and is taken under the wing of Mykaela and journeys to the heart of the kingdom to learn how to control her abilities. Here she makes both friends and enemies, learns a heart can be broken, and perhaps more importantly comes to understand the power inside of her!
Such an unusual way of telling this story as we learn of a future Tea with her heart set on war and the youthful Tea full of hopes and dreams. It's easy to understand the time jumps though as italics are used for future Tea as she begins her next journey telling her story to a man of words, a Bard who has sought her out. Her training in magic takes quite a lot of space here with long passages of descriptive prose that occasionally felt unnecessary, but I continued on as my curiosity to know what happened needed to be satisfied. Having finished I fully realized that a second book is essential as the hints of love and romance with its grave repercussions still leave me with unanswered questions. It's clear that young Tea is enchanted by someone but what about the love and hate side of passion? Personally, I don't really see a triangle taking shape but I do understand miss direction.
Definitely fantasy with an almost Geisha like feel to the magical Ashas. These women are trained in numerous arts yet their male counterparts are rigidly enforced into becoming warriors without soft edges. I loved the incredible ideas in play here, the magic, the stones, and yes, even the ideas behind the demonic-like creatures that continue to rise up.
This beautiful book had so much potential and yet I truthfully did feel at times I needed less description and more action. Happily, though this story is not yet finished and I'm more than ready to learn Teas secrets!
A copy of The Bone Witch was provided for me which I have voluntarily read and these comments are my own honest opinion.