Tea is a bone witch. Feared and ostracized even in a world of magic, her power of necromancy is something that is reviled, especially when her power reveals itself when she brought her brother, Fox, back from the dead. Her power is discovered by another Bone Witch and she is taken under her wing to learn the art of her craft, one that comes at a price.
The story is told from two viewpoints. We get the story of Tea’s early life directly from her memories and recollections. She takes us through her life and the changes that came with it after she was discovered to have the gift of necromancy. We watch her grow into her power and watch the interaction between her and her mentor and also her and her brother. The relationship between Tea and Fox is definitely worth more than 2 stars. The second viewpoint is from a bard that is telling her story from an interview with her. The switch between the viewpoints can be jarring at times. You finally get into a piece of the story only to be violently taken out of it to hear about something from the other viewpoint. It was disconcerting and disconnecting.
The world is expansive and immersive. But it comes at a price. It’s very easy to get lost. There is a glossary at the end, but it makes it very cumbersome to try and remember what leader goes where and what country is what. It doesn’t really help with some of the other things like new words. There’s so much to learn about this new realm that it really comes at a cost to the overall story. It’s just so easy to get lost and bogged down in the beautiful prose.
This will probably appeal greatly to a lot of fantasy readers, but this one just wasn’t my cup of tea.