Published by Sourcebooks Fire on March 7th 2017
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I wanted to like this book better, I really did. I did like the beginning. It had a lot of promise. During her brother’s funeral/burial, Tea accidentally raises her brother from the dead. Other members of her family have magic, but none like hers. She (and her raised from the dead brother) is quickly taken in by an older bone witch. She is taken from her family home to a place where she can receive training. Training that she needs as a bone witch because those who can bring back the dead are feared. Her ability to bring back the dead happens more than once depicting her strength but also her need for training.
At the book begins, we know things don’t go quite so well for her as she is on an Island, banished and telling her story. I liked those scenes. The scenes with the training were a little much for me. This book needed BALANCE. The training, the robes, make up, hairstyles are were a little much for me. I hate to jump on the less is more bandwagon but I found myself skimming through all the lengthy descriptions. Other reviewers have mentioned the need for editing and I have to agree. I think this book would have been better if it were about 50 pages less. The descriptions were too much, IMO. This book is being compared to Memoirs of a Geisha and that feel is very much there but his book lacks something. I can’t put my finger on it. One thing I thought was funny with the training is…Bone witches are feared and ostracized..so then why does it matter if they can dance and put on a show.
I do like her relationship with her resurrected brother. I like their bond. I think this part of the books is done rather nicely. I also appreciate this new type of world that the Author created. Worlds where people wear their hearts as jewelry around their necks. Her demonic beasts are also interesting. There will be another book in the series and many of the characters introduced here will be in the next one. The premise is interesting but I just found the story lacking. I do see the appeal for others and I hope this book finds it’s audience because it is entertaining and parts are very unique.