Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie
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.
A unique spin on sirens and ferriers of the dead. I wanted to like this book. The cover? Gorgeous. The synopsis? Intriguing. I actually bought my mom a copy of the book to read with her. Of course, she managed to read faster than me for once (having a newborn and trying to read never go together), so I also got the audible addition.
Let me start with my issues with the audible edition:
Likes: the three different voices for the characters. I love when there are chapters from different perspectives and the author/audible actually use a different reader for each voice.
Dislikes: the male narrator. His voice was just so monotone. It was so hard to pay attention to listening to his chapters. The females could not pronounce the French words properly either. If you are going to narrate for a story where there are words that are French or relate to another language not of English, learn to pronounce them properly.
Which leads me to my next list of dislikes:
*The author clearly learned one swear word in French, “merde,” and chose to only use that word as a “clever” swear word. It wasn’t. It was annoying. It was used too frequently that it was just annoying. Zut.
*”my famille” Listen, if Ailesse and Sabine are living in a French inspired area, where they use famille in a sentence, it would have made more sense for them to say, “ma famille.” Idk, maybe I am being picky and dumb. But it’s a pet peeve.
Likes to take away:
*The unique plot. As I said before, I loved the unique spin to the story of syrens luring men to their death. In this case, it is not an unfortunate sailor, but their “amour.” Their true love.
*My “hold the phone” moment was the ending…I wasn’t a fan of the forced romance between Bastien and Ailesse. I didn’t understand how they could be soul mates, quite truthfully. But when the revelation is made, thank you Sabine, that the Prince is her amour! It was perfect. Now that was a befitting match to Ailesse.
*The ending. I will add this as it was a plot twist I had not expected entirely. Tiny aspects of it that I was not 100% on board for, but I was quite pleased with the ending, so much so that I still want to read the sequel.
I want to know who has finished this series? Did it end well? What were your thoughts on Bone Crier’s Moon? Or perhaps you have added this to your TBR list?
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