Author: Rin Chupeco

FFBC Review: The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco

Posted March 25, 2018 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 1 Comment

FFBC Review: The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco

FFBC Review: The Heart Forger by Rin ChupecoThe Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco
Series: The Bone Witch #2
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on March 20th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
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In The Bone Witch, Tea mastered resurrection―now she's after revenge...

No one knows death like Tea. A bone witch who can resurrect the dead, she has the power to take life...and return it. And she is done with her self-imposed exile. Her heart is set on vengeance, and she now possesses all she needs to command the mighty daeva. With the help of these terrifying beasts, she can finally enact revenge against the royals who wronged her―and took the life of her one true love.

But there are those who plot against her, those who would use Tea's dark power for their own nefarious ends. Because you can't kill someone who can never die...

War is brewing among the kingdoms, and when dark magic is at play, no one is safe.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Oh my gosh! The Bone Witch was one of my favorite reads last year. I loved the flash forward style, ALL of the Asha and Tea, the unreliable narrator. The Heart Forger has cemented it. I’m 100% in love with this series. Rin Chupeco has quickly become one of my favorite authors.

Book 2 picks up right where book 1 left off. Tea is in Kion and caught up with her crush on Prince Kance. In the flash future, she begins to march her army of daeva to an unknown location, telling the Bard that he won’t believe unless he sees for herself. SO much happens in this book, its obvious why it’s almost twice as thick as the first one. There is love and loss and we begin to see why Tea’s heartglass may turn black. It’s addicting right from the beginning and it doesn’t slow down for a second.

I’ve read some reviews that label this as a villain’s origin story. That Tea is the villain of the story and this is how she rises to power. I’m convinced that’s not true. I don’t believe it. From the beginning, I’ve thought that Tea is doing what’s right, regardless of the color of her heartglass and regardless of what the elders and the world has labeled her. Yes, she has a black heartglass and she has Daeva that are under her control but I don’t believe that anything that has happened is black and white. Reading this book, I’m still convinced there are reasons for her behavior and she’s actually saving the world. I can’t wait for book three to figure out how. If this isn’t true, i’m going to be so disappointed.

If you are a fan of the Grishaverse or the Shades of Magic series, you need to check out The Bone Witch immediately!


About the Author

Despite uncanny resemblances to Japanese revenants, Rin Chupeco has always maintained her sense of hummus  Raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. She’s been a technical writer and travel blogger, but now makes things up for a living. The Girl from the Well was her debut novel.


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Review: Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Posted February 13, 2017 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments

Review: Bone Witch by Rin ChupecoThe Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Series: The Bone Witch #1
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on March 7th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
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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.
Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This story is told straight from the beginning with a narrator and then flash forward interludes between every chapter told from the point of view of a bard who is writing the story. Right from the beginning we know that something must happen because the Bard is interviewing a Dark Asha with some serious anger issues. I loved the flash forward perspective because it was done very well and it reminded me of another of my favorite books, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Bone Witch is told in much of the same way, but it evades some of Name of the Wind’s pitfalls. Tea is not a Mary-Sue who is already good at everything when the story begins, for one. She makes mistakes, causes problems and grows over the course of the story.

I found the concept of Asha very intriguing. Each Asha can draw a variety of runes, water, fire, wind, except Dark Asha. Dark Asha cannot use the typical runes. They are limited to drawing Dark runes. Asha can work in a variety of jobs. They are professional dancers, apothecaries and bodyguards. However they all start out working in a house and entertaining rich clients in the evening. An Asha can run around all day healing sick people and then is still expected to dress up and go to a fancy party in the evening. It seemed to me that Asha were like a combination of geisha and assassin.

Daeva, giant demons, come in many monstrous shapes and sizes. They wake up on a set schedule and terrorize towns. A Bone Witch, basically a necromancer, is also charged with rising and slaying the Daeva every so often to protect the world. Bone Witches, Dark Asha, may not be able to utilize all of the runes other Asha can, but they can definitely kick some ass.

This book does slow down at about 75% but I loved it regardless. I really enjoyed the way it was written, with the flash forwards and story within a story aspects. I loved the Daeva, the really dark subject matter and the eternal struggle between good and evil. This book is really unsettingly, which I loved. 

Bone Witch is going on my short list for my top 10 favorite books of 2017.

P.S. it took 200 pages of me waffling with the pronunciation for the author to confirm it. It’s TAY-uh, not Tee. You’re welcome.