Necromancy? Check. Alternate universe? Check. Witchcraft? Check. Rin Chupeco? Check check check. I initially heard about The Bone Witch by accident while trolling Goodreads for stories that had necromancy as a plot element. (I’m on a hunt, what can I say?) I was looking for something a little deeper than Hold me closer, Necromancer. Less the humour, more the darkness. Since I really enjoyed Rin Chupeco’s The Girl from the Well, I gladly added The Bone Witch to my amazon pre-orders and just ran with it.
Frankly, even if the book is just okay (which I doubt. Have you read The Girl from the Well? Rin Chupeco’s pretty inventive when it comes to treating supernatural subject matter) this cover is absolutely gorgeous. Even if the book sucks, it’s going to look great on my book shelf.
March 2017 is a long way away. 🙁
On the bright side, according to the official website, there are two other books planned for the trilogy: The Heart Forger (2018) and Shadowglass (2019).
The summary on the site is a bit different too:
A bard meets a young girl living in exile along a sea of skulls. At his urging, she recounts her beginnings and rise in a society of spellbinders called asha. As a bone witch, her powers of necromancy make her feared and shunned by the populace, but tolerated for her abilities to slay daeva – fearsome beasts that plague the kingdoms.
But there is more to the girl than she first appears. Soon the bard begins to suspect that there is more to her tale than what she claims, and that he has a far greater role to play in her story than even he realizes.
Sounds like dark fantasy to me.
Waiting on Wednesday: The Bone Witch by Rin ChupecoThe Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, #1) by Rin Chupeco
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on March 7th 2017
Genres: Dark Fantasy
Check it out: Goodreads
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.
* Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.