Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie — ARC Review

Bone Crier's Moon by Kathryn PurdieSummary:

Publication Date: March 10th, 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.

Review: 4 Stars

I was excited for this book as soon as I heard about it. The cover was absolutely gorgeous and I found the blurb enticing. I didn’t really know what to expect and I hadn’t heard anything from any of my friends before reading. By the time I actually picked up Bone Crier’s Moon I had forgotten what it was about, my excitement had died down and I started to feel like it would disappoint me like so many recent reads. I felt like I went into this book rather blind since all I knew was that months ago I was really excited for it, it had something to do with the dead and I hoped that it would turn out to be good. I am happy to say that I really enjoyed Bone Crier’s Moon. It was a great YA fantasy with some really unique elements.

I loved the idea of bone graces from the very beginning. The idea that wearing bone jewelry of an animal could give someone the “graces” of that animal was such a fascinating idea and I really wish that the novel dove into the whole practice a bit more. The whole plot was a fantastic set up for an enemies to lovers romance and while I think that it was good, I felt like it was missing something. I never really felt like I understood why Bastien and Ailesse actually liked each other. I didn’t really see their relationship grow between one another. I think that a large part of this is because the characters fell a bit flat. I didn’t feel like any of the characters had much personality and that made it hard to feel like the relationship between the two of them was real or had any spark to it at all.

I did love the plot and thought that the world building was fantastic. I was hooked on the ideas of this novel by the end of the first chapter and the ideas and the plot really kept this book going even though the character development was lacking. The gods and the rituals were so fascinating and I wanted to know more. I could easily visualize the Leurress with their crowns and necklaces made of bones and I loved how dark the whole thing felt. I think that certain things could have been explained a bit more though, because I was left with some questions. I didn’t know that this wasn’t a stand alone novel until the very end when I realized that there had to be more to the story. I did feel like the climax was done well, but the story is clearly not over by the end of the book.

I really enjoyed the close friendship between Sabine and Ailesse and felt like their bond was done best out of all of the relationships in the book. I hope that we get more of Sabine’s story in the next installment because there is clearly more that will have to play out. I didn’t feel like I got to know Ailesse much at all though because throughout so much of the novel she was weak and unable to really function. There were so many aspects of this novel that were done so well, but the character development was not one of them. It was hard to emotionally connect with these characters and this story, which is a shame because the world was so cool and I loved the plot.

Overall Bone Crier’s Moon was better than I thought it was going to be. I am definitely going to check out the sequel, but part of me wishes that this was a standalone. I really loved this world and found the plot so captivating. I wish that the characters had more depth to them though, because it was hard to really connect with them.

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  1. Awesome review, Mandy! I’ve been so excited to read this book ever since I saw the cover too and now I’m even more intrigued by the concept of the bones and what it can do for the wearer. Sounds like a really unique element in the story! 😍 Sorry to hear that the characters fell flat for you… Characters are so key for me in a story… I’m hoping that maybe I’ll find some kind of connection to them but I think I’ll keep my expectations low in any case 😅

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    1. I mean you might like the characters better. I’ve honestly been having a hard time lately connecting to characters. I think reading books with amazing character development like Name of the Wind and Mistborn have changed my standards. Plus I’ve had a hard time getting interested in books in general lately. I’m going through a weird slump and nothing is grabbing me the way it should

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      1. Oh no, I’m sorry to hear you’re going through this weird slump! I hope it doesn’t turn into a full blown thing 🙈 But I do get what you mean. That’s what happened to me last month when I felt like it was taking more of an effort to connect to characters. Hope your mood picks up soon ❤ Big panda hugs!

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      2. Yeah so I’m getting away from fantasies. Actually I just started reading Darling Rose Gold. I think I actually need to read contemporary novels more about characters and less about world building


  2. Great review! I do have to ask: since the jewelry is made from animal bones to give them the grace power, is there animal deaths in the book or just mentioned? I do a lot better when it’s not explained in a lot of detail/more off page

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  3. I’m really curious about this book, so happy that you really enjoyed it even though you didn’t enjoy the character development. If I get to read it, I’ll keep my expectations low cause I tend to struggle when I don’t care about the characters. Great review, Mandy. 🙂

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    1. I feel like I’ve been struggling to connect with characters in general lately. So I don’t know if you should take my word on that front. I’ve just had a hard time getting invested in characters lately. I might wind up picking up some contemporary novels because I think I might be missing the deeper connection to characters lately. But this book was really so good

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