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 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 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 captivating start to a darkly lyrical fantasy series.
What do you get when you cross a geisha and a witch? An asha! Yes, the asha can sing, dance and put on a beautiful show. They wear gorgeous clothing, elaborate hairstyles and makeup. But they are also the best fighters around and can control elements. In Tea's case, she is a special kind of asha because her magic comes from the darkness. She can raise the dead and control vicious creatures that threaten the eight kingdoms in her world. Because of her skills, people fear her, but also respect her abilities and rely on her to protect them. I loved learning about all of the training that Tea goes through to develop her skills and become even more powerful. There's plenty of action, but the ultimate battle is reserved for the next book (or books). I can't wait to see what's in store for Tea, her brother and the other asha in the next book. If it's as good as The Bone Witch, readers are in for a treat!
About the author:
Despite uncanny resemblances to Japanese revenants, Rin Chupeco has always maintained her sense of humor. Raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. She's been a technical writer and travel blogger, but now makes things up for a living.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary ARC from the publisher to facilitate my honest review. All opinions are my own. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on purchases made through my link.