Okay the only problem I have with this cover is that it’s missing a VERY IMPORTANT CHARACTER OKAY?!
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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.
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.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club, Netgalley, and HarperCollins / Katherine Tegan for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.
Yeah seriously Sabine is my favorite character. Nothing wrong with Ailesse at ALL. I freaking love her too and how strong and badass she is, especially in the beginning with the whole shark thing? No fam, that’s not a spoiler. It’s in the first chapter and I didn’t say anything except shark.
BUT OMG. Can I also just say that I absolutely adore the friendship that Sabine and Ailesse have? It really just warmed my heart to see how close they were and how much like sisters they were. There was a line that I just had to highlight because it was just beautiful and I think I would have cried if one of my friends ever said that about me. Like, seriously that was one of the nicest things that I ever heard another girl say about their best friend.
Ugh seriously I can’t get over it. Like, it seems like it’s not a big deal, but the fact that Sabine has a favorite smile of Aliesse and it’s one that shows her best friend’s love of adventure and just being on the hunt and ughhhhhh. I can’t help it! I’m in love.
I know I’m really freaking sad about Bastien and his origin story, the thing that makes all tortured souls have a reason to be the way they are. I mean, I don’t blame him? But I don’t like that his revenge is extended to anyone that is a “Bone Crier”, rather than the one that actually caused his suffering, you know? Like, that’s too broad for me, and I don’t like it. Doesn’t make him honorable or reasonable in my eyes, bu that’s just me and my thoughts on said character.
Also have you noticed there’s been a few Bastien’s lately? Interesting choice of name but I dig it either way.
Okay I spoke enough. Go readdddddd.