Title: Bone Crier’s Moon
Author: Kathryn Purdie
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre/s and Tags: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure
Content Warnings: Murder/mentions of murder, violence, animal killings, enemies to lovers trope
Publication date: March 10, 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.
Hi again book nerds! Today is my tour stop for another blog tour hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. This time it’s the Bone Crier’s Moon Blog Tour, and I have a book review and some quotes to share with you!
Bone Crier’s Moon is an addictive and adventurous book with an enthralling world-building, dramatic plot twists, and moving characters. I simply loved it!
My thoughts on Bone Crier’s Moon
When I first picked up Bone Crier’s Moon, I didn’t expect to be swept away in a fast-paced, thrilling story. I knew from the synopsis that it sounds unique, but that didn’t prepare me for the wild ride that is this book.
Bone Crier’s Moon‘s has a writing style that will pull the readers. I was immediately hooked from the prologue and my interest never waned. There are three perspectives: Ailesse, Sabine, and Bastien. I loved how each of the characters were so different from one another, yet they all had motivations that fuel their arcs. Ailesse wants to impress her mother, Bastien wants revenge for his father, and Sabine only wants to save her friend. Minor characters weren’t neglected as well; Jules is annoying (yet somehow relatable), Marcel is too precious for this world, and Odiva has her own path. I loved getting to know these characters, understanding them, and feeling for them.
The plot seemed simple at first but it got more complicated as the story progressed. I liked how there seemed to be a climax in ever 50 pages or so (it’s that thrilling and I loved it!). I also made a couple of theories every no and then and I was either right or partially right! What I didn’t particularly like was the final climax, the last standoff. Suddenly, all the secrets were being revealed, too many things were happening at once, little to heavy plot twists were occurring here and there. It was good in a way, but at the same time, I had to try hard to keep up with everything that was happening.
The world-building is just enthralling and unique. From the Bone Criers and their duty, to the gods and mythology, to the important locations and symbolism—the author took us into this magnificent fictional world and I was completely invested. I cherished every detail, every sentence, and yet I craved for more. One particular detail I really liked is the bone graces. The idea that the Leurress (the bone criers) hunt animals to be blessed by enhanced skills and capabilities was both intriguing and a bit rattling. (P.S. if you’re not too comfortable with on screen depictions of animal killings/huntings, tread carefully).
Overall, Bone Crier’s Moon was an amazing read and I can’t wait to see the conclusion of this story!
Oh and, the chapter headers have moon phases in them. It’s brilliant.
My favorite quotes from the book
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About the Author
Kathryn is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the BURNING GLASS series. Her love of storytelling began as a young girl when her dad told her about someone named Boo Radley while they listened to the film score of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Kathryn is a trained classical actress who studied at the Oxford School of Drama. She also writes songs on her guitar for each of her stories and shares them on her website. Kathryn lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband and three children.
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