Review: Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“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.”

REVIEW:

I keep bouncing between 3 and 4 stars for this book. Overall, I enjoyed it. I think the mythology and concept of this book are amazing. I loved learning about the Bone Criers and their beliefs and practices. What makes me hesitate between 3 and 4 stars is that I never really got sucked into this book. I’m not even quite sure what held me back, because it is such an original idea.

The novel is told from 3 perspectives; Sabine, Bastien, and Ailesse. I enjoyed the alternating POVs and it made the pacing better. Sabine’s chapters could get frustrating because I felt like she was running around in circles for most of the book. I also wish that time didn’t jump so fast. Bone Criers are tied to the moon. So important things happen on new and full moons, but all of the action happens on those nights and not much in between, even though weeks pass. I felt like it would have flushed out the romance a bit more between Bastien and Ailesse. I also think it would also have made Sabine’s chapters feel less chaotic.

Bone Crier’s Moon gets points for strong female friendship that doesn’t disappear the minute the love interest is introduced. There was a twist towards the end of this book that surprised me and sets up such an interesting dynamic in the next book. 

Overall, I think you should check this out if you are looking for something a little different. The mythology and world building are excellent and where this book leaves off makes me excited for the sequel.

RATING: 3.5/5

Have you read Bone Crier’s Moon? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

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