Title: Bone Crier’s Moon
Author: Kathryn Purdie
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)
Publishing Date: March 10, 2020
Age Category & Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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.
➝ Sum it up in points!
✔ soulmates with a doomed romance
✔ best-friends who are more sisters
✔ enemies-to-lovers trope
✔ women who ferry souls
✔ an emotional, revengeful trio
Bone Crier’s Moon shines on the concept of women sacrificing their destined soulmate to perform their duty of ferrying good and bad souls across this realm to where they best belong. The classic romance trope of enemies-to-lovers is explored excellently when Ailesse and Bastien are ready to kill each other but can’t with fate binding them together. Ailesse and Sabine’s best friendship is strengthened from the first page itself and grows stronger to an even more authentic sisterly bond. The supporting characters, Jules and Marcel, sufficiently contribute to the story and Themes like empathy raise the emotional sensitivity in this story and the surprising revelations excite the readers. Feminism is reflected perfectly through strong, determined heroines. Ending on a cliffhanger marks the anticipation for what lies ahead, but the overall impact isn’t very long-lasting. However, a definitive recommendation for those who wish to experience a well-written multiple POV story where the complexity doesn’t hinder the execution at any point.
➝ Trigger Warnings
✔ ritualistic sacrifices
✔ trauma from father’s death
✔ being held captive
✔ animal death and killing
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Kathryn Purdie is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the BURNING GLASS series. Her love of storytelling began as a young girl when her dad told her about someone named Boo Radley while they listened to the film score of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Kathryn is a trained classical actress who studied at the Oxford School of Drama. She also writes songs on her guitar for each of her stories and shares them on her website. Kathryn lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband and three children.