New YA Series Released this Week – The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

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About The Bone Witch

In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series for readers of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price…

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 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!

My Review

If your teens are anything like my daughter, they will be SCRAMBLING for this first book in a new series by Rin Chupeco.  As an adult, I really enjoyed reading this.  The author does a masterful job of weaving Tea’s tale across time and in a foreign land with foreign customs, yet making it accessible for young readers.  I would put this book for the average reader about middle school and above.  I will probably be letting my 5th grader read it, as she is not bothered by skeletons, zombies and the like, but if you have a kiddo who is a bit scared of such things, you might want to preread.  Obviously parents who disapprove of witchcraft and the like will want to avoid this one.  

For me, the feel of this story reminded me of Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series, which is a great thing.  The only thing I didn’t LOVE was the ending – but only because it left me wanting MORE! I will definitely be looking for the sequel!

You can buy The Bone Witch on March 7 on Amazon.



  1. Rebecca Swenor says

    The book Bone Witch sounds like a great read for tweens. I know I would have loved to read this series when I was a kid. Thanks for sharing this great review.

  2. says

    This looks like an interesting book and I one that would appeal to a wide rang of older “young” readers. It sounds like a strong way to start a series and I am sure readers will also be looking for the next book like you.

  3. Debra J Hawkins says

    I have been hearing a little bit about this! I am going to have to add it to my to read pile really soon!

  4. Pam Wattenbarger says

    I have been hearing a lot of hype about The Bone Witch! It sounds like a really unique premise for a book.

  5. robin rue says

    I love YA books and I have been on the hunt for something new to read. This sounds like a great read – adding it to my summer beach reading list :)

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