Title: Bone Crier’s Moon
Author: Kathryn Purdie
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: March 3 2020
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Bone Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.
Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.
Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.
Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.
This book had a wonderful premise. Unfortunately it just barely delivered. It was written quite well, with a writing style that was simple and easy to follow along with, but also did a good job of pulling you into the story.
I found it hard to connect to the characters initially because besides from surface level details we really got no background on the characters. I mean we know what’s driving them right at this moment but we barely get anything else. The world building was also had the same issue, there were a few details given for a certain scene to progress or make sense but I still don’t know much about where the story is taking place. On a more positive note, the magic system explained decently. I know how it works and the author never went back on rules previously set.
Despite not knowing much about the characters a found myself liking them after a while (except Juls, I mean I get why she did everything she did but honestly does she think further than five seconds into the future), mostly because the stakes where high and the only way to want to continue with the story was to care about the characters. Similarly, it took quite a while to start rooting for the romance between Ailesse and Bastien. Even though we go into this book knowing the romance is doomed and there is no plausible way it will work. Their relationship is still written in a way where you can tell that the author wants you to root for them. I found this hard to do since this first thing we learn about Bastien is that he has really strong feelings for his friend Juls (who is a main character in the book so it’s not like she’s sitting in the sidelines, easily ignored) and I thought Sabine had a crush on Ailesse (don’t do that thought). Which is mostly due to the Sabine thinks about Ailesse and that is the very first introduction we get to the characters and their friendship.
The major issue I had with Ailesse is character is that Kathryn Purdie made the Luresses to be stronger that humans before they completed the ritual but as soon as Ailesse loses her Grace Bones she is suddenly on even footing with Bastien when it comes to fighting ability and everything that goes into that.
Despite my issue with Ailesse’s strength the fight scenes were written quite well. The plot twist were also good but the ending was definitely rushed with too many things thrown in way too quickly
That’s All I Got, Romy.