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.