Title: Bone Crier’s Moon
Series: Bone Grace #1
Author: Kathryn Purdie
Release Date: Mar 3, 2020
Genres: YA Fantasy/Romance
Blurb: 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.
I have to admit that I was first attracted to the cover of this one, and then the fact that it was a fantasy/romance sealed the deal for me. And I really liked the premise. Fortunately this one didn’t disappoint. I don’t recall ever reading another book with a similar premise, so that alone was interesting.
There was always a bit of mystery. You weren’t sure if you could trust certain people, and the matrone, leader of the bone criers, kept referring to things that would leave you pondering.
The romance was interesting and the forbidden part amped up the tension there. You didn’t know if Ailesse and Bastien were going to kill each other or fall in love. I think I would have liked to have seen just a little more depth to their relationship, though.
I have to admit there there were often exciting things happening on the pages that would keep me flipping rapidly. There were some interesting twists along the way, too. However, for some reason, this was a book that while I thoroughly enjoyed it when reading it, it didn’t leave me dying to pick it back up once I’d put it down. I couldn’t quite put my finger on why that was.And I have to warn you that there’s a cliffhanger ending that I didn’t love.
Overall, it was an interesting read that I give a solid 4 stars to! I’ll be looking forward to picking up the next book!
On another note, I finally got to start Rage and Ruin last night!! I didn’t get too far into it before I had to get some sleep and unfortunately I haven’t had any time today to dig in yet. BUT, it is already SOOO good, and I can’t wait to dig back in tonight!!