Title: Bone Crier’s Moon
Author: Kathryn Purdie
Pub. Date: March 3, 2020
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 will be a spoiler free review.
Omfg enemies to lovers with betrayal and plot twists.
GIVE ME MORE.
I hate that I now have to wait for book 2.
It’s not fair.
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t immediately hooked on this book. I kept finding things to occupy my time and procrastinate my reading. It probably wasn’t until the 20% mark that I actually hated to put it down. I was sucked into the world, the lore, the animosity between Bastien and Ailesse…I was so annoyed when I had to stop reading to go make dinner. Like, why couldn’t dinner just magically make itself so I could keep reading.
This book actually reminded me a bit of Serpent & Dove, just maybe a smidge less intense. So, if you liked S&D, then you’re probably going to like this one.
I tend to really like stories where, at the start of the book the main character is set in his/her beliefs, that they’re willing to do whatever rules/traditions dictate their lives. Then they go through something like a kidnapping or witness how wrong their beliefs/traditions can be, or just how narrow minded and one-sided it all was. Then after coming to that realization they risk it all to follow either what’s in their heart, or what the rules/traditions actually are vs. what corrupt members have twisted them to be. These kinds of books are just typically fun fantasy reads, because it can be hard to know what is real vs. what the MC has been led to believe.
I think Kathryn Purdie did a really good job selling that aspect. I definitely didn’t expect the twists that were in this book, but the analytical reader in me, figured things weren’t exactly as how they seemed. The one twist actually shocked me and when I started thinking about the ramifications of that twist, I was dreading what could possibly happen next. Then there was the end of the book, which left me desperate for book 2, because I need to know what happens next.
I mentioned earlier that I loved Bastien and Ailesse’s relationship. I’m a sucker for enemies to lovers. I also really loved Sabine. I loved her transformation and unwavering loyalty to Ailesse. It’ll be really interesting to see if their relationship changes in book 2, if what Odiva actually has consequences.
I’m sure it will, I’m just not sure what they might be.
I love that the strongest relationships are centered around choosing who you love and who you consider family. Jules and Marcel were a lot of fun, Jules being a freaking spitfire and Marcel being the cute brain behind everything. I loved that he just wanted to read, court a girl, and write. Jules seemed like she wanted to take on the world and everyone in it. Sabine though, she’s probably my favorite character in this book.
She’s a loyal badass.
She consistently proved everyone wrong and never stopped fighting or gave up. She did what others couldn’t and/or wouldn’t with a fraction of the power.
Like I said, badass.
This book definitely met my expectations. I knew I was going to love it, so I’m not surprised. I’m just annoyed that I now have to wait and that I waited 2 months to read this book. Bone Crier’s Moon is out now, so you should definitely go pick it up.