Title: Bone Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace #1)
Author: Kathryn Purdie
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: March 3rd, 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.” (Goodreads)
I’m glad that I was finally able to get this from my library! I know I will have one coming in book box eventually but I have been dying to read it since this cover appeared into my life.
I will say that in a lot of ways I enjoyed this book. It had it’s unique qualities and killer plot twists but the romance was just lacking that spark for me.
This book has three different point-of-views: Sabine, Ailesse, and Bastian. All have a unique story to tell about how they got to the point their at and what drives them for their end goal. I did enjoy reading about them and how all their choices flow together into one big plot.
Sabine is probably my favorite character in the book. I can definitely relate to her not wanting to hurt animals. Sure, I eat meat but I’m not going to go out and do the killing myself. As they say, ignorance is bliss! She is also very loyal which is another trait we have in common. I loved that she would do anything for her friend no matter the cost.
Ailesse was a good character and definitely the opposite of Sabine. Ailesse is strong and has no fear. She doesn’t care for love and her driving force is to be a ferrier. Obviously plans don’t go as well as she had hoped. It was cool to see someone who is always in control not be. It gave us another side of her and it also showed her that love can be possible, but on her own terms and not ordained by the gods.
Bastian was fine. I can’t say that I really like him but his heart is in the right place even if his actions are questionable. I liked that he had friends who were there for them and they all had something in common that bonded them together. I definitely disliked Jules at first but she did in a way redeem herself and I think that I will like her even more in book two. Marcel is cool and he is the sweetest! I liked that he was always kind to Ailesse.
The romance between Bastian and Ailesse was just missing something for me. I don’t know how to really describe it. I guess there wasn’t a defining moment like most enemies to lovers have. It just seemed that they fell in love rather quickly. 🤷♀️
Even though the relationship was a bit off, the plot twists were on point! Holy cow! It took a bit for the book to get rolling but when it did I didn’t see them coming. There were definitely a lot of loose ends but I’m sure we will get more answers in book two.
I liked all the lore that was in the book for Tyrus, Elara, and the Bone Crier’s. I didn’t feel like anything was missing in that aspect and it was quite intriguing.
Overall, I did enjoy this book even if the relationship was a bit of a hit for me.