Rating: 3.5 / 5
I received not just one, but two special editions of BONE CRIER’S MOON by Kathryn Purdie, so it of course had to go on my TBR. It is one that has had me wanting to pick it up, but I used the #backlistgotbackedup readathon as extra motivation to pick it up!
In BONE CRIER’S MOON, the Bone Criers are a group of women responsible for helping the dead pass on to heaven or the underworld, preventing them from remaining among humans and wrecking havoc. In order to become a full fledged Bone Crier, young girls must complete several steps, culminating in the summoning and killing their true love.
There are three POV characters. Ailesse is the heir apparent to the leadership of the Bone Criers, about to finish her coming of age duties. Sabine is Ailesse’s best friend and someone who doesn’t love the work of the Bone Criers, but is fiercely loyal to helping her BFF. Bastien’s father was killed by a Bone Crier and he’s now on a quest for revenge.
This book fell in the category of enjoyable, quick read with some interesting elements, but also not a favorite read. I did enjoy parts of the magic system. As these young women work toward being full fledged Bone Criers, they have to absorb different powers that were interesting to read. There are plenty of family secrets and dramas as well.
What didn’t work so well for me is that it took me a while to get into the novel as a whole. While it did start strong with laying out the Bone Crier lore, I didn’t fell a good connection to the characters initially as it shifted between the three POVs. While I did grow to enjoy the friendship aspect between Ailesse and Sabine, Bastien’s story didn’t draw me in as much as I would have hoped given that he is the one driven by revenge and torn in his feelings about his plan. I wanted a bit more from the side characters as well.
Overall this is one that I liked but didn’t love. I would still be curious to see how the story continues in book two!