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The Bone Witch

The Bone Witch, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
3 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price.

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 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.

©2017 Rin Chupeco (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Gary
  • Philippines
  • 25-05-2018

Interesting protagonist, but slow, uneventful plot.

I will admit that I am a sucker for a fast paced, action novel that takes full advantage of the mystical and magical, but this story never really got going at all. An interesting protagonist, great setting and story concept, but the plat plodded along with only minor sparks of interesting conflict. This story had such potential, but failed to engage me.

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  • Scatty
  • 12-07-2017

Great story but too quiet

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. the world and magic in it was very unique and we'll explained. I look forward to the next book since there is still much to be explored with Tea's past and how she got to where she is now.

my only complaint is that the female (and primary) narrator was way too quiet. I had to listen to this at pretty much full volume. Much of the narration was spoke in a soft voice and it was hard to hear when characters were speaking quietly. when they talked in a whisper I couldn't hear anything. it was really irritating to strain to hear and then get blasted when characters like Mother (who has a loud screechy voice) would start talking.

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  • berenis chavez
  • 26-04-2017

info dumpster, and whisper mummble

struggled to finish because the story was heavy weighed down by details, world biulding, and descriptions.
the narrator albeit lovely voice whisper mumbled a lot and proved difficult to enjoy. disappointed

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  • Sara L
  • 09-05-2017

The Bone Witch - A series with potential

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I think what I disliked most about this book was the fact that I chose to listen to it on audiobook.

Yes, my method of listening to the first book in a fantasy series has finally failed me.

The narrator of Tea just made the character came across as so whinny that on more than one occasion I found myself knee deep in eye rolls.

Also, the man narrating from what I can tell is a yet unknown character was rather monotoned in his rendition.

How could the performance have been better?

Looking back through certain passages, that really got on my last nerve, I found myself reading them in a different less obnoxious way.

Any additional comments?

3.5 out of 5 stars.

If you like dark high fantasy then The Bone Witch by Rin Cupeco should be the next book you pick up.

The magic system is what makes it dark, with one of the two narrators, Tea, being able to bring back the deceased.

There’s a part with some rats, so you have been warned.

But just because she has this fantastical ability, doesn’t mean she’s accepted by either non-magic or asha’s (other magical folk).

I may sound like a broken record but I enjoyed the lack of romance in this YA book.

While Tea did have a love interest in Prince Kance, it wasn’t as developed in this first book, with only a dinner happening between the two.

Furthermore, the relationships explored between Tea and her brother Fox, and Tea and her mentor Mekayla.

And can we just gawk about the cover for a second?!

Even with this issue I think I am going to continue with the series.

I feel this book really set the ground work for an epic fantasy, and as such was slower because of it being the first.

Second, that ending has me intrigued enough to pick up The Heart Forger when it is published in March 2018.

There is potential.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 25-01-2019

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Very slow burn with no action. I bought second one before I finished this one. please be better.

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  • Claire
  • 23-01-2019

Not the story I thought it would be

Well, I made it to chapter 22 and then couldn't take it anymore. I jumped to the last chapter and finished it.

The author writes well but I found the pacing of the story to be slow and focused more on the heroine becoming an asha (I don't know the correct spelling of asha since I listened to the audiobook). And apparently, it's like becoming a geisha, which can be an interesting story.

It's just not the story I was looking for. But you might really enjoy it.

Emily Woo Zeller did a great job with the narration.

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  • Tiffany Torrence
  • 07-01-2019

good start up

Like many other reviews, this was a good start to lay the basis for this world and was a little slow at points, but the foundation had to be laid down. I enjoyed it and am excited to read the next one. I will say that the volume of the audiobook was inconsistent for me. Some voices were very loud, while at other times, I strained to hear it

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  • Christocracy
  • 04-01-2019

poor volume control but good story

the female narrator uses a vast range of volumes. i get the intended effect, but at the same time i keep javing to adjist my volume.

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  • Brandi Niedzielski
  • 28-11-2018

disappointed

I did not finish it. I couldn't listen to the narrator halfway through the book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-10-2018

not very entertaining

I did not enjoy this book. I did not like the people narrating it either.

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  • Maverick’s Trove
  • 28-09-2018

The Bone Witch

This is an interesting book. (In a good way) I enjoyed it, I'll have to give it another listen soon. I'm happy that there is another book (and hopefully soon more) and not a stand alone book. I got this because I wanted a good book to listen to in autumn.

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  • Kernow Girl
  • 17-03-2017

Not the Best Ending!

Loved this book up to the last chapter.... then it ended too quickly with lots unexplained. Such a shame!

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  • mulberrysummer
  • 21-06-2017

Interesting

Great start and a unusual fun story but where as the author had taken time in the beginning to describe each scene they started to cram it in at the end and it got abit confusing. Then they leave you hanging

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-08-2018

Great overall

I really enjoyed this book. I found the universe incredibly rich and the story exciting. The performances were also very high quality and great to listen to. Looking forward to the next book!

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  • Trinire
  • 23-08-2018

superb

loved thumis book, so strange, so real, lingering sadness and I wonder and hope Tea will succeed and her Brother joins her. very surprised that Laymad is her beloved, when did this happen? . Narration is wonderful
liked the way there were characters I could get to know.

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  • aklyen
  • 24-06-2018

Abysmal synthetic narration

I am sure the story is a great one; but the narration is the probably the worst example of spoken english. I think the punctuation has been ignored meaning the sentences make little sense in english, at least.

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  • Ellie
  • 28-03-2018

Loved it

An amazing book that I ate up every single second of. Really, really good read