Bone Crier’s Moon
by Kathryn Purdie
A Young Adult Fantasy Romance published March 3rd , 2020 by HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, the first of the new series Bone Grace
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
So Bone Crier’s Moon was a masterpiece and I am so happy that this is a confirmed series because holy hell that cliffhanger!
So the three main characters: Sabine, Ailesse, and Bastian, were so perfect. Think Serpent and Dove esque type of relationships but a little deeper and with a little more depth.
I must accept, like the other Leurress do without flinshing, that what we do in necessary, a price demanded by the gods for the safety of this world.
Not that Serpent and Dove didn’t have depth but the relationships weren’t really forged when they were born. Whereas Sabine and Ailesse were forged as soon as they could recognize each other. The chemistry between Sabine and Ailesse and between Ailesse and Bastian was off the charts. Don’t get me wrong, the relationship between Sabine and Ailesse was more familial than the relationship between Ailesse and Bastian. But there was still chemistry. I mean, the connection between the two girls was absolutely all consuming. But healthy-like.
Tu ne me manque pas. Je ne te manque pas. It means ‘You’re not missing from me. I’m not missing from you’
While Bastian and Ailesse were for one hundred percent sure knocking boots. They didn’t. But they wanted to. YA KNOW…..
Honestly, they were super hot together. Bastian kind of kidnapped and held Ailesse against her will but don’t come at me with that Stockholm Syndrome thing. It wasn’t. There was undeniable chemistry between them from the beginning and that is the literal opposite of the definition of Stockholm Syndrome. She wanted him but he was a butt face and put his revenge first and foremost.
I’m not an expert on romance-that is to say, I am madly in love with Birdie, but I can’t quite put a finger on the logic of it-but Ailesse did display some classic symptoms of unrequited love; weepy eyes, angst-ridden sighs, dramatic statements of farewell.
All in all, the Bone Crier’s Moon was about love. But not just romantic love. It was about family love, romantic love and all of the things and lengths that human beings are willing to go to for those loves. The world building was awesome, although there was still a lot of mystery. I think on purpose. There were a lot of things that weren’t discussed until the very end and I’m hoping that’s because they are going to be divulged more on in the coming books.
On that note…When is that next one coming out?
Let me know what you think!