Book Review: Bone Crier's Moon By Kathryn Purdie
Rating: 3 Stars
This is a doomed romance story about how far people will go for love and for loyalty set in a French-inspired world.
We had three POV alternating chapters of the characters of Ailesse, Sabine and Bastien. At first, I thought Sabine was our MC but her storyline took a backseat to Ailesse and Bastien, and whilst her story did give us important information, I struggled to connect with her as we didn’t get that much time with Sabine. In contrast, I originally struggled to connect with Ailesse but she grew on me throughout the story. Bastien was a more interesting character but he had a very one-track mind and wanted his very black and white revenge. He did grow and change throughout but I feel as though his change of mind after a lifetime of anger wasn’t very believable.
I did enjoy the story but I was expecting more romance but there was mostly only slow-burn flirting, though the ending suggested we’d get a bit more in the next one. I liked the loyalty and friendship between Sabine and Ailesse and it was great seeing the lengths Sabine would go to for her friend. Sabine’s POV did give us needed insight into what was happening with the famille, and all the secrets that were being hidden. I liked the lore and the way the famille operated and enjoyed scenes of ferrying and the concept of grace bones. The concept was great but the execution just didn’t live up to the hype for me.
I did really like the setting and felt that the author weaved the supernatural into a world where it is mostly only myth beautifully. There were some twists that did add to the story however, these were quite predictable.
Overall, I had high hopes for this story, but I just didn’t connect with it. I liked the characters, and the world-building was great, but it was felt a bit boring, I found it slow, and that each twist just missed the mark for me. I will probably read book 2 as I’d like to know how the story ends and how all the characters fare.
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.
Title: Bone Crier’s Moon
Series: Bone Grace #1
Author: Kathryn Purdie
Genre: YA Fantasy