After what feels like an eternity, I can – finally! – make my big announcement:

Annette Pollert-Morgan at Sourcebooks Fire has acquired two YA novels from Rin Chupeco. The first, entitled The Bone Witch, follows a young necromancer who recounts the dramatic story of her exile on a desolate beach to a bard who begins to suspect her of sinister motives. Publication is slated for summer 2017; Rebecca Podos at the Rees Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.

And yes, this is the book I’d referenced in previous blogs called The Tea, after my protagonist’s name.

Is this another horror book?

It’s more of a magical fantasy with some slivers of  Persian / Asian / Zoroastrianism culture. But it has magical ‘geishas’, a lot of monsters and corpses, and an anti-heroine (though you might have guessed that last one from the book’s description). Incidentally, one of the main characters is also technically dead, but that doesn’t stop him from doing whatever he wants. It also has a lot of bezoars and jewelry and clothes and Runic magic.

Will this be a series?

Yup.

Can you tell me a bit more about the book?

When we were coming up with “X meets Y” comparisons, I had pitched it to my agent and editor as a “magical Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind” which, I think, is fairly accurate – if, you know, geishas could channel runes and raise the dead.  And excepting that my story’s protagonist, Tea, is a little more spitefully proactive than Kvothe is.

Where can we see more of this? 

Goodreads page | official site

 

You know what this calls for? Cat high five gifs.

 

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**Header image in this entry and in the official site is NOT the Bone Witch’s official book cover. It’s just that I had Photoshop and a high respect for True Detective.