Review: Bone Crier’s Moon

Title: Bone Crier’s Moon
Author” Kathryn Purdie
Release date: March 3rd, 2020
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️


“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.”


Alright, folks, this book was a wild ride.

There were elements I absolutely loved, while there were others I loathed. So while this book was enjoyable, there were parts that almost completely ruined it for me.

The positives:

The world building. This story takes place in a beautiful french-inspired world with a really unique magic system. It created a riveting backdrop for this story, and I was immersed into finding out more and seeing how the magic system would play out. The bone magic and ferrying of the dead made this story magical and this element has me wanting to read the sequel and see what happens next in this world.
Sabine. The characters were hit or miss for me but I loved Sabine. If it wasn’t for her, I don’t know if I would’ve made it through the story but I was totally invested in her journey and rooted for her. She’s fierce and goes through her own arc aside from the characters I didn’t like, which made me thoroughly enjoy her sections. The use of different POV in this book truly saved it, because getting to read a third of the book solely through Sabine’s perspective made me adore the story.
The plot. The plot is relatively unique and the characters experience things and overcome obstacles we don’t see too often. This is partly due to this world and magic system, but the plot within it was great. Aside from my few issues with it. There are multiple story arcs within Bone Crier’s Moon that make it truly worth continuing.

The negatives:

Bastien and Ailesse. Literally everything about them. I was intrigued at first because I’m a sucker for an enemies-to-lovers trope, but this book truly revealed that the dynamic being more of a captive/captor trope… ruins it for me. I can’t help but cringe and feel disturbed as the relationship develops, because it feels more like Stockholm Syndrome than anything. This could be remedied if there seemed to be more chemistry between them, but there wasn’t. So the love that does develop is absolutely not doing it for me. Like, he keeps her captive in underground and totally drains her of her power and yet somehow.. she falls in love with him? Wtf?
The weird dynamic between Ailesse and Jules. Jules could’ve had potentially. But instead, she’s given the role of petty girl interested in the same love interest so naturally causes jealousy. C’mon, give her depth, let’s be over this female rivalry nonsense.

So yeah, my feelings were up in down throughout the entirety of this book. I wouldn’t say it’s bad, I actually overall thought it was a good book. But just the romance killed it so hard for me. After writing the negatives.. I feel like I’m going really easy by rating it 3-stars, but then I remind myself how much I truly enjoyed the world, magic, and Sabine. And who knows, maybe I’ll pick up the sequel and see if I enjoy it more after the events of this book’s ending.

*I received a copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review*

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