I had five highly anticipated reads at the beginning of this year, and already we’ve read three of the books on that list! Yes, three! To be fair, they did all somehow come out on the same day, March 3rd. Conspiracy? Perhaps, but for now I’ll just be happy that I didn’t have to wait until Fall for all my big releases. This one from the very beginning was a bit of a surprise for me, most of the books on my anticipated reads list being from authors I’ve been following for quite a while. Bone Crier’s Moon on the other hand literally caught my eye; it had been designed by the amazingly talented Charlie Bowater. If you haven’t heard of her before, stare at that beautiful cover, and then search her on google, her portfolio is stunning and she is a big fan of Sarah J Maas. I sort of digress, but the main thing here is I technically judged a book by a cover, and ultimately won. Is that not strange?
Bone Crier’s Moon is a fantasy rich with its own mythology and dark histories. The story follows Ailesse, who is close to becoming a Bone Crier; all she has left is to get her last animal bone and kill her destined one true love. It’s the ultimate test of loyalty to the Bone Crier’s calling, and one she has looked forward to ever since she was young. Sabine, her best friend, has been with her every step of the way, and while she isn’t as driven, nor as keen on the killing involved with being a Bone Crier, she plans to continue being at Ailesse’s side. The wrench in both their plans though is fate itself. Bastien, orphaned after his father was killed by a Bone Crier, longs for vengeance, and also is Ailesse’s true love. Both will have to rely on the other in order to survive the events that follow.
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Besides this being one of my highly anticipated books of the year, and just beautiful from the cover to each page, this book was also very addictive. I don’t think it took me long to get wrapped up in the story world, characters, magic, and the darkest corners of the plot. It didn’t even phase me that there were three different perspectives, which usually makes me pause (I’ve been burned one too many times on multi perspectives). This book just took off and I was all for it.
To begin with, the story and premise sound pretty straightforward; there’s three characters, all wanting different things, and a ritual that ultimately goes wrong. The ritual itself becomes this domino effect for the plot though, as everything begins to go wrong for all parties involved, and then some. It was like being glued to the television as every plan went awry and everyone struggled to get some of what they were wanting. There were very few moments where the dust seemed to settle, and absolutely no moments where I was bored. It was amazing, and everything my reading challenge needed given my lovely reading slump. Purdie did a great job of giving the reader setting, character, and other bits of information without it being an info dump, or slowing down that amazing pace.
I think overall, my favorite part of this book, and maybe the series when we get sequel is the characters. Each of the main characters and viewpoints brings something new and exciting to the story. One of my big problems with multiple viewpoints is that they generally have one character that I just can’t get into, making their chapters either tedious, or just something rush through. It isn’t necessarily their fault, but it always makes me a little sad. In Bone Crier’s Moon, it didn’t feel like that, instead I was connecting with all three and wondering what would happen to all of them. Bastien and Ailesse are the easy ones, since from the beginning you get the hate to love vibes, but Sabine was the one that surprised me. Her perspective gave a lot to the story as she grapples with the one thing she’s always struggled with; the killing part of being a Bone Crier. I won’t go into the details of what that entails, since spoilers, but this character is the one that made me question all my initial thoughts at the beginning of the book.
To sum this one up, if you like mythology, magic, or conspiracies this one is a solid read and not too much of a commitment in terms of pages. It went fast, kept me glued to the pages, and definitely has me waiting for its sequel. Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!