Author: Kathryn Purdie
Publication Date: March 3rd 2020
Genre: YA 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.
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Edelweiss for review. Thank you Edelweiss for the opportunity to read this before the release! This in no way shape or form affects my thoughts about the book.
I decided to read this book over the weekend as the publication date is tomorrow and I really wanted to read it before it came out. I absolutely love the cover of this book and I’ve really been loving Charlie Bowater’s covers lately. They’re all so stunning and I want them all. However the actual book didn’t do it for me. I enjoyed it but not as much as I had hoped I would.
Also look at me posting twice in one day. Don’t mistake this as me being on top of my reviews. I’m not. I’m very very behind on them.
There are three main characters and the POV switches between all three of them each chapter. First up is Sabine, she was probably my favorite of the three. She starts out the beginning of the book an a timid sweetheart of a character and by the end she has completely changed and for the better. I really enjoyed reading about her transformation and she’s really the only one I’m looking forward to in the sequel.
Ailesse was my least favorite character to read about. I thought she was annoying and I honestly didn’t really care about her storyline or her chapters that much. I hope in the sequel she has a bit of an attitude change and becomes less self absorbed. I will say though the powers she has are really cool and I’m interested in seeing more.
Lastly we have Bastien I only cared about him slightly more in comparison to Ailesse. I honestly feel like he didn’t contribute that much besides being the love interest. Sure he does have a goal of his own but it is quickly forgotten about halfway through the book. I just hope that in the sequel he plays a bigger role.
The story was kind of lacking in something. I thought the concept was really cool but the execution of it fell a little flat. The romance was also so rushed and I didn’t really appreciate it. They went from hating each others guts to falling in love with no in between. The “twists” in the book also weren’t that surprising and just felt meh to me. I guess I just wish there had been something more.
As for the actual writing, I wasn’t that impressed. I just didn’t think there needed to be three POVs. It would’ve been better with just Sabine and Ailesse. I feel like Bastien’s chapters didn’t really contribute that much in terms of the story. The pacing also felt off to me. Sometimes it felt like things were going too fast and other times too slow.
This was an enjoyable book and I am interested in reading the sequel when it comes out. I am glad that it’s only going to be a duology. I think that was a good choice. The cover is gorgeous and was absolutely part of the reason why I was so interested in this book. I recommend this if you’re looking for a light fantasy that will be an easy read.