Bone Crier's Moon by Kathryn Purdie

Bone Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace #1)
Author: Kathryn Purdie
Publisher: HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen
Release Date: March 10th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

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.

Bone Crier’s Moon is such and intriguing and different story. I really loved it and the characters.

We get the story in three perspectives Bastian who is hungry for revenge against the Luress that killed his father. Sabine who is the best friend of the Luress heir. Ailesse the heir to the Luress “throne” which is really just the leader of the group of Bone Crier’s.

I really enjoyed all three POV’s. Even though Bastian is bent on revenge, he isn’t unreachable. He tries to hold on to his misconceptions and hate but he is able to see the truth. I really liked him, even when he wasn’t necessarily the most understanding, he is always kind because that his the base of his personality.

Bastian has two accomplices Jules and Marcel who are siblings. They also lost their father to a Bone Crier but in a different way than Bastian. I did not like Jules, even before all the characters came together. There was just something about her that bothered me. Then I felt bad because maybe I should be more understanding. She’s driven by jealousy and hate and it kind of seemed like she didn’t want to let go of it.

Ailesse is such a great character because she is so strong and so driven. She has her own issues because she has never really felt like she is good enough. Her love for Sabine is one of her best qualities. The bond and relationship between the two of them is one of my favorite friendships of all time. They are support one another and call the other out when they are being stupid. I also like how Ailesse isn’t afraid to question what she’s been told her whole life. She really takes the information others give into consideration. She also tries to explain her side of things, even when people don’t listen.

I loved Sabine because she had the most character development in the story. I really like her arc and don’t want to give too much away about it.

The plot is so creative, it kind of felt like a combination of some myths. Bone Crier’s kind of reminds me of a combo of banshee and mermaid. I thought the way they obtain their magic and ferry the souls was also really creative. As far as world building, we get a lot in the catacombs if not so much the city proper but I felt completely immersed. Even with the small areas we go between. It’s just a really great plot for some reasons.

I can’t wait for the next book. I want to see what happens with these characters. Bone Crier’s Moon ranks high on my list this year.

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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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