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Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars
"This is death magic, complicated and exclusive and implacable, and from the start, I wielded it with ease."
This was a YA fantasy story, about a girl with the power of necromancy.
Tea was quite a strong character, and I liked how she wasn't afraid to stand up and act when the situation called for it. I also found the way she discovered her powers (by raising her brother from the dead), to be pretty awesome.
The storyline in this was quite slow, and mainly dealt with Tea leaving her family to go and train with another bone witch/Dark Asha, and it wasn't until right at the end of the book that we got a bit of action in the form of a 'daeva' - some kind of monster, which Tea had to go up against. The slow pace leading up to this point started to bother me though, and it felt like the book had no real plot other than describing Tea's training and clothing.
The ending to this did have a little more action, but I have to admit to being a bit confused as to what really happened.
6.5 out of 10