A review by leahsbooks
The Bone Witch, by Rin Chupeco

dark mysterious reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


I had previously tried reading this as a hard copy, and struggled to connect with the story. But after everything occurred on social media in the last week, I decided to give this book another shot and tried it as an audiobook. It worked a lot better for me. I loved the narrators and how they told the story.

The author has an incredible talent for world-building. The world that Tea inhabits is beautifully rendered and carries strong Asian influences, keeping the story fresh and intriguing. I found the magic system to be complex and interesting, and while parts of it weren't always clear, it kept me reading in the hope of learning more about it. 

As before, the story was fairly slow-moving at times. There was so much detail involved in exploring the huas and ornaments that the ashas wear, as well as Tea's life before starting her asha training, that it felt as though the real action in the story was a little rushed. 

The parts where Tea was reflecting on her life was so interesting, and I wanted to learn more about what got her to the point where she is in the future. Some of the questions that the bard asked where sort of answered in the chapter following, while others were kind of left hanging. It left me curious and wanting more. I'm absolutely going to have to check out the next book to find out what happens next.

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