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. (Goodreads)
For me, this was one of those books that you by not because you know what it’s about and curious about it, but because the title is cool and the cover is gorgeous. As I’m starting to do more and more, I went into this book not knowing what to expect, and I don’t regret it whatsoever. I ended deeply enjoying this book, and can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel.
This book plays on the whole enemies to lover trope in an interesting way. Setting up a predictable circumstance only for it twist in another direction as the book comes to a close. I found myself so emotionally involved in what was going on that every twist and turn was made so much more exciting (even in retrospect I should have seen so many of them coming).
The book includes such interesting mythologies and a magic system unique to itself. There is definitely a trigger warning for those sensitive to the literary deception of animal sacrifices, but I personally believe the author handled it quite tastefully. The system of belief is what really makes this book shine as it is quite unique and refreshing, though at times a little underdeveloped. It being underdeveloped may likely be a result of the characters own lack of understanding regarding it though, something I hope to see remedied in the sequel.
The female relationships depicted in the book was quite refreshing with its depiction of sisterhood and familial bonds. The only thing I would ask to see is this series tackle romantic relationships between two of the women, rather than all the women being depicted as heteronormitive.
For fans of young adult fantasy who want to get there hands on something new and entertaining and absolutely full of angst I recommend this book. Let me warn you though, the book is going to play with your emotions. Whether it be an annoyance with the characters or relating to them; it’s an emotional ride.