By Rin Chupeco
Plot: Tea lives on a small farm, dreaming of an unreachable goal: becoming an asha, a powerful, beloved position across the lands, restricted to women with magic. When Tea’s brother dies, she realizes she is a bone witch, a witch who specializes in raising the dead and using dark runes. After her raising her brother back to life, she is taken in by another bone witch. Soon, the fate of her world depends on her rare powers.
Writing: The writing was simple and elegant, but there were points where I couldn’t understand exactly why something was going on. The book takes on a more serious tone. The plot was straightforward enough.
Age Level: Teens ages 13-15 would enjoy this book. It includes mature topics such as death and raising the dead and such, but it isn’t really gory or anything. The reading level is better for the ages I specified, but kids younger or older might still like this book.
Overall: This book was suspenseful and fun to read, with twists in every chapter. Every other chapter there is a flash to the future of some sort, as if a future Tea is telling her story to someone else, but it is a little confusing to keep track of that story line and the main story line. Overall, I would recommend this series to fans of fantasy.
Other books by Rin Chupeco: Heart Forger, Shadowglass, The Girl From The Well, The Suffering, The Never Tilting World and more….