Title: Bone Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace, #1)
Author: Kathryn Purdie
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.
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t really excited for this book; I just wanted the items in the FairyLoot box. Sorry, not sorry.
Aliesse. I’m not leaving you. You’re worth the risk, do you hear me? You’re always going to be worth the risk.
Ailesse: Destined to be the next Matrone. Brave. Headstrong. Ambitious.
Sabine: Aliesse’s best friend. Quiet. Reserved. Loyal.
Bastien: Seeking revenge for his father’s death. Head of a gang of thieving orphanswhose father also died from the Leuress.
- Sisterly love. The bond between Ailesse and Sabine is so strong. I loved that it seemed to be the main focal point over romantic love. They will risk anything and everything for each other.
- Pacing. It was perfect. There was never a dull moment. I was reading along with the FairyLoot group and I found myself wanting to read more each day, but forcing myself to stop to keep pace with the book.
- Multiple POVs. The change from one protagonist to the next kept me on the edge of my seat. The end of every chapter was a cliffhanger.
- Mythology. This was such a unique twist on sirens. The magic system was well thought and intriguing.
Things I Didn’t Like:
- The ending. I wasn’t convinced that there should be a second book. It seemed like this novel could’ve ended with just a twinge difference.
- Animal violence. Yes, I know it goes along with the magic system, but I love animals.
Bone Crier’s Moon is a story about sisterly love, enemies to lovers, and revenge. People who enjoyed All the Stars and Teeth and Serpent & Dove would enjoy this novel.