THE BONE WITCH is slow to start. The worldbuilding is great, I love the world building and the descriptions are lovely. However, not a lot happens and it drags for a while in the middle before finally getting to the plot in the last ten to fifteen percent of the book.
There is so much world building; there's so much information on the cities, and the beliefs, and what each form of dress means to each person's role. But it's so much filler. I found myself skimming a lot of the time where Tea was preparing to become an apprentice and then learning to become an asha. I loved Tea learning the realities of being asha and finding out what could and couldn't be done with magic, but I preferred her learning it on the move with Mykaela rather than at House Valerian.
The characters were probably the best part, but even then there didn't seem to be too much to them. Tea seems to pick up what she needs mostly through instinct, but it was nice to know that as she was learning time was passing—although at times it didn't seem like it—and she wasn't instantly proficient at everything. I liked her relationship with Fox, and I liked that despite both of them being close siblings they still hid things from each other and each tried to keep the other from harm.
This book has girl hate. There are quite a few female characters, but many of the ones Tea's age are either mentioned in passing, rarely involved, or looked down on in some aspects. One of the rivalries seemingly gets resolved with no real interactions between the characters before the change; part of that could be excused as to how the asha system is set up with 'sisters', but I would have really liked to see the development within the book itself.
I liked the parts between chapters where Tea was talking to the Bard, I liked seeing where she is now and where younger Tea is going to end up. Speaking of, I liked seeing potential hints as to how she ended up where she did within the numbered chapters. I can't wait to see what paths she chooses and how things develop.
This book felt a lot like build up. There's a potential plot. There's a potential love triangle. There's a potential change coming. I felt like this book needed more, but the second one in the series may explore everything further. I just wish this one had more plot than it did, as it really felt like it was mostly filler.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 14016 KB
- Print Length: 358 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire; Reprint edition (1 February 2018)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HN3X3NM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 230 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,677 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)