5 of 5 stars
"Bone Witch" is the 3rd book in the Elementary Magic series. I absolutely love this series and flew through books 2 and 3 in only a few days. In "Bone Witch" Alaysha is on the run from the powerful fire witch, Aislin. Aislin has invaded her father Yuri's city and is on a deadly rampage to kill all those who oppose her. She desperately wants to find her son Yenic who has been kidnapped by Yuri's warrior Bodicca and will stop at nothing to find him. Alaysha loves Yenic and together with Gael, Theron, Edulph and Aedus, they travel through the burnt lands to the only place Yenic could be--the Enyalian female warrior lands. When the group is captured and brought to the village, Alaysha finds Yenic, but the Enyalian custom to kill the men once their usefulness ends, shocks her. She plans their escape, but getting them all out alive is far harder than she could ever imagine.
As with any excellent fantasy series, the more things that are explained and resolved, the more questions arise. The character of water witch Alaysha is a complex one and Ms. Atkinson continues her masterful storytelling revealing bits and pieces of the witch's heritage keeping the reader riveted to the story. With each new piece of the puzzle Alaysha understands, forces her to make even more difficult decisions. She now understands why her father had all caring beaten out of her in her youth. The more she loves, the more agonizing living becomes. No spoilers here, but suffice it to say, there are twists and turns that I didn't see coming. I can't wait for the next book to find out what the author has in store for us. Highly Recommended.
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