- Page Count: 400
- Release Date: March 7, 2017
- My Rating: 3 stars
The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.
Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.
Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.
This is one of those books that’s so wonderfully creative it just makes you wake up while reading it. I adored the gorgeous settings and descriptive writing… until that’s all that this book became.
Tea Pahlavi is a bone witch who can raise people from the dead. It’s a super rare power and she has to either serve the kingdoms or be sought out by the Faceless. Lady Mykaela takes Tea to the city to train to be an asha for a few years… but then the story slows down as Tea works as an indentured servant. For YEARS. But all of the girls she’s training with felt like magical Geisha, so that was cool.
There’s a lot of neat stuff with the worldbuilding in the beginning, like how people wear a heartsglass and Tea can read their emotions on it. So I really do think this plot has a ton of potential!! It’s definitely original. I started out thinking I’d give the book 5 stars but then slowly just… lost interest. Tea was a super bland main character and there wasn’t much to connect with. I guess the execution could have been better overall.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.