Ailesse has been training to take over power for the Bone Criers ever seen birth. Bastian has hated them since his father died. Sabine shys away from her training with the Bone Criers and would rather Ailesse take over. When all their worlds collide when a ritual goes wrong, their life and how they know it will change forever.
This book has been on my shelf for a couple months and I’ve wanted to read it due to everyone on bookstagram and the summary made it sound AMAZING. I mean I enjoyed the book, but I don’t know if I truly loved it like everyone else has. I thought there were a lot of little flaws and I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I thought I would. I also found the book world a little lacking in explanation and some parts too breezed over than they should have been.
The book world sounded so interesting from the synopsis and I was really excited to see a female version of the whole Greek mythology of Charion and ferrying souls into the afterlife. However, I felt like a lot of the fundamentals and foundation of the world was left out and bits in pieces were filled in as the story progressed, but not enough to get the complete picture or a full understanding of it. I kept getting the gods confused with one another and I wanted to know more about their history and background more than some of the other parts of the book. I also didn’t understand the dynamics of the different souls or the difference between the bridges.
I loved the idea of the flutes and the songs that they would bring, but I didn’t understand why Ailesse only knew one song if she had been training all her life… The other thing that was extremely interesting were the bones they used for power, but if they were so important, why didn’t they guard them more closely? I felt like they were taken from them far too easily! The idea of the amoures were interesting and their coven dynamic reminded me a LOT of the witches from Throne of Glass. They were bloodthirsty, but fun to read about at the same time.
The characters fell a little flat for me and I didn’t really connect with any of them as much as I thought I would. We were first introduced to Bastian and I found his character interesting, but his internal dialogue to be a little annoying. He was wishy washy when it came to his feelings and I wanted to smack him at points. We were then introduced to Sabine and I just really didn’t like her character at all. I found her to be extremely needy and whiny and I would glaze over her chapters if I am completely honest.
The only characters I kind of connected with were Ailesse and Marcel. I enjoyed Ailesse most of the time because she was mostly a strong character and she didn’t whine all the time. I also felt extremely bad for her because of the relationship with her mother, she felt torn between her love and her legacy, and she basically was carrying the world on her shoulders. I also found Marcel to be extremely entertaining and I liked that we learned more about the book world through his probing questions and his research. He was also a very sweet character and I found that I wanted to give him a hug!
The relationship between Ailesse and Sabine was also very strange to me because I honestly got Frozen vibes from them and not in a good way. Frozen is probably my least favorite Disney movie because I cannot STAND Anna and Sabine reminded me of her in every way. Ailesse had real issues similar to Elsa so I was rooting for her, but Sabine was such an Anna that she was so annoying to me.
The last few chapters of the book were filled with crazy action and the ending was a cliffhanger so I will read the next book because I want to know what happens. I hope that the book will fill in some of the gaps from the first book and hopefully I will connect with the characters a little more.
My Book Rating
3/5 Book World
Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Published on March 3, 2020 by Katherine Tegen Books
Copy Read: Hardcover