It’s a new week and I have a pretty wonderful book to shout about.
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.
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Well what an adventure, I have been consumed by this book for a couple of days, hating every moment that I had to put it down and eager to get right back into the action as soon as I could. I love it when a book wraps me up in its magic the way that Bone Crier’s Moon has.
The story is fascinating, I wanted to know everything about the amazing world that the author has created as soon as I started reading. It’s a really interesting concept, I don’t think I’ve read anything quite like it before and the author’s effortless writing style easily builds this enchanting world so you feel like you are drawn into its atmosphere.
I loved the characters in this book and the conflicts between them, the fact that the women in this book were all strong, resilient, competitive but supportive made for brilliant reading. The dynamics between Ailesse and Bastien as they fight both for and against each other was great and I really enjoyed how the author played that off against Bastien’s relationship with Jules. It kept this tension throughout the story as you wonder who is going to get what they want out of the situation.
I also enjoyed the relationship between Sabine and Ailesse and that Sabine does things that she didn’t think possible just to help her friend. It was great that she started questioning everything as the story gets closer to the end, and that she would go against the matrone to make sure Ailesse is saved.
I even loved that bittersweet moment when I realised that the story was coming to an end and that I will have to wait for the next installment to find out what happens next, and let me tell you I am already desperate to know.
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Kathryn 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.