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.
Meet the Characters
Bone Crier’s Moon is told from the three points-of-view of Ailesse, Bastien, and Sabine. Here’s spoiler-free introduction to each character:
Ailesse is the heir of the matriarchal society of the Bone Crier’s, women who ferry the dead with bone magic. She begins the story with bones from a peregrine falcon and an alpine ibex. She needs one more “grace bone” and then she’ll be ready to do what the gods require for her to become a Ferrier: lure her chosen soulmate and sacrifice him to prove her loyalty. Ailesse is driven by what challenges her and her sense of adventure.
Bastien is on a quest to avenge his father, who was murdered by a Bone Crier when he was a child. Ever since then he’s lived on the streets of Dovré—and sometimes the catacombs beneath the city—as a thief with his best friends, Jules and Marcel. Bastien is single-minded with a snarky sense of humor, but behind the tough mask he wears, he’s sensitive and tenderhearted.
Sabine is Ailesse’s best friend and an anomaly among the Bone Criers because she’s the only one who has qualms about blood sacrifice, which the gods require of those who want to become Ferriers. Sabine has only one grace bone, the skull of a small fire salamander, and she cried for days after her she was pressured to kill it. As the story unfolds, Sabine is left to uncover the dark mysteries of the matriarch of her famille.