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Love is a matter of life and death. Bone Criers have been ferrying the dead into the afterlife for centuries, a dangerous duty only possible with the powers they gain from sacrificing their amourés the men destined to love them and die. But Bone Criers Ailesse and Sabine—along with Ailesse’s love, Bastien—are working to chart their own course and rewrite the rules of the af Love is a matter of life and death. Bone Criers have been ferrying the dead into the afterlife for centuries, a dangerous duty only possible with the powers they gain from sacrificing their amourés the men destined to love them and die. But Bone Criers Ailesse and Sabine—along with Ailesse’s love, Bastien—are working to chart their own course and rewrite the rules of the afterlife. If they don’t break the soul between Ailesse and her amouré, she could die—just as Bastien’s father did. Sabine struggles to maintain her authority as matrone of her famille—the role always destined for her sister—even as she fights to control the violent jackal power within her. Bastien is faced with a new dilemma as the spirits of the Underworld threaten the souls of his friends—and his father. Ailesse attempts to resist her mother’s siren song as she’s drawn into her own version of the Underworld. How will she save her friends once she’s cut off from their world? This pulse-pounding follow-up to Bone Crier’s Moon is a story of love, sisterhood, and determination as three friends find the courage and power to shatter the boundary between the living and the dead.


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Love is a matter of life and death. Bone Criers have been ferrying the dead into the afterlife for centuries, a dangerous duty only possible with the powers they gain from sacrificing their amourés the men destined to love them and die. But Bone Criers Ailesse and Sabine—along with Ailesse’s love, Bastien—are working to chart their own course and rewrite the rules of the af Love is a matter of life and death. Bone Criers have been ferrying the dead into the afterlife for centuries, a dangerous duty only possible with the powers they gain from sacrificing their amourés the men destined to love them and die. But Bone Criers Ailesse and Sabine—along with Ailesse’s love, Bastien—are working to chart their own course and rewrite the rules of the afterlife. If they don’t break the soul between Ailesse and her amouré, she could die—just as Bastien’s father did. Sabine struggles to maintain her authority as matrone of her famille—the role always destined for her sister—even as she fights to control the violent jackal power within her. Bastien is faced with a new dilemma as the spirits of the Underworld threaten the souls of his friends—and his father. Ailesse attempts to resist her mother’s siren song as she’s drawn into her own version of the Underworld. How will she save her friends once she’s cut off from their world? This pulse-pounding follow-up to Bone Crier’s Moon is a story of love, sisterhood, and determination as three friends find the courage and power to shatter the boundary between the living and the dead.

30 review for Bone Crier's Dawn

  1. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    meh. the only reason i picked this up was because i found the magic system to be super interesting when i read the first book. i wasnt really a fan of the characters or the plot, but the magic was unique enough to make me willing to read this sequel. but there is none of that in the first half of the book. oh my goodness. the first half is… not great. its so boring. the characters are running around like chickens with their heads cut off while nothing happens. i think readers who are invested in meh. the only reason i picked this up was because i found the magic system to be super interesting when i read the first book. i wasnt really a fan of the characters or the plot, but the magic was unique enough to make me willing to read this sequel. but there is none of that in the first half of the book. oh my goodness. the first half is… not great. its so boring. the characters are running around like chickens with their heads cut off while nothing happens. i think readers who are invested in the characters probably wont mind it, especially if you enjoy love triangles, but i wasnt and i dont. lol. however, the end is good. theres more magic and i do think this duology is wrapped up in the best way that it could be. the conclusion makes sense and will be satisfying for those who are looking forward to the ending. overall, i didnt enjoy this as much as the first book, but i do think readers who are bigger fans of the story than me will. ↠ 2.5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    L

    The first half of this book was one star for me. And the second half was 4 stars. So I'm going for the easy path, an average 3 stars it is. The first half of this book has been pure torture and not in a good way. Everything is a mess. And honestly...just boring. I just didn’t care about any of them. And that love triangle between Prince Cas, Ailesse and Bastien was such a painful thing to read. Firstly, I DIDN’T give a shit about Ailesse and Bastien. All the things I felt about them in book one The first half of this book was one star for me. And the second half was 4 stars. So I'm going for the easy path, an average 3 stars it is. The first half of this book has been pure torture and not in a good way. Everything is a mess. And honestly...just boring. I just didn’t care about any of them. And that love triangle between Prince Cas, Ailesse and Bastien was such a painful thing to read. Firstly, I DIDN’T give a shit about Ailesse and Bastien. All the things I felt about them in book one is just gone. I had so much hope for Prince Cas, unfortunately he let me down in the first half too. Ailesse was annoying and SO jealous of Sabine it's a wonder nobody slapped her in the face. I wish I could though. Heat scalds my cheeks. I still can’t believe Sabine is matrone when I should be. Excuse me? Why can't she be the matrone? When you are refusing to return! Someone had to replace you. It's simple math. Ailesse flinches. “I’m supposed to be matrone.” We get it girl! How about you support your sister when she is doing everything to save you and trying to keep it together? Bastien wasn’t any better either. He is continuously getting too jealous of Prince Cas when he should think straight atleast for ONCE! “Why can’t you just admit the prince gets whatever he wants—whoever he wants?” My voice rises. “He thinks he’s entitled to it.” “Shh, the guard will hear us.” “Then let him.” Also, we should talk about how dramatic Bastien is. As if the situation isn’t dramatic enough. Special guest?I hold back a scoff. Is that what Casimir calls his favorite prisoner? I picture Ailesse seated beside him tonight, a chain binding her ankle to her chair. Yeah you get the idea. Like I said, it's a mess. All the characters are just good at being awful and jealous of stupid things instead of thinking with their "head". Sabine wasn’t any better, but she actually developed a lot at the end of the book. The ending wasn’t satisfying for me either. I don’t know what happened, there was fighting and enough twists. But I guess I wanted a more unpredictable conclusion. It just wasn’t satisfying. The only thing that saved this book is the chemistry between Sabine and Cas. These two are so cute and perfect together I can't even..*sobs* Even though they got few chapters together but hey! I've been shipping them so hard since the first book came out, and i'm just too happy to see my ship sailed finally. I just wished there was more of them. I wouldn’t mind reading a whole series about them truthfully. I don’t know about everyone, but if you are also reading this book for Sabine (and maybe for Cas?) then I guess you’ll enjoy the second half of the story. I can't say the same about others though. pre reading thoughts: I'm already shipping Sabine and Cas with my whole heart, Thank you.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Leah Waters

    So...I'm DNFing this. I got about 100 pages in but it's such a hot mess that I don't want to continue. I adored Bone Crier's Moon, but this one was disappointing, to say the least. The chemistry between Bastien and Ailesse is gone, and Cas is kind of boring all of a sudden, and Sabine keeps making annoying mistakes... PREVIOUS REMARKS: I need this NOW. (And I need Sabine and Cas to get together. Please.) So...I'm DNFing this. I got about 100 pages in but it's such a hot mess that I don't want to continue. I adored Bone Crier's Moon, but this one was disappointing, to say the least. The chemistry between Bastien and Ailesse is gone, and Cas is kind of boring all of a sudden, and Sabine keeps making annoying mistakes... PREVIOUS REMARKS: I need this NOW. (And I need Sabine and Cas to get together. Please.)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Star Rating: —> 5 [ ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT ] Stars ✨ "She sets her own path, she is her own North, and the lodestar rests on her brow." ✨ I have tears streaming down my face. I am going to miss these characters SO FREAKING MUCH! What a fantastically written, incredibly addictive YA Fantasy! Kathryn Purdie has truly outdone herself with this sequel to Bone Crier's Moon. 🌙 I am in love. RTC ________________ OMFG THAT COVER! Sabine!!! Star Rating: —> 5 [ ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT ] Stars ✨ "She sets her own path, she is her own North, and the lodestar rests on her brow." ✨ I have tears streaming down my face. I am going to miss these characters SO FREAKING MUCH! What a fantastically written, incredibly addictive YA Fantasy! Kathryn Purdie has truly outdone herself with this sequel to Bone Crier's Moon. 🌙 I am in love. RTC ________________ OMFG THAT COVER! Sabine!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    aly ☆彡

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. "I've come to ask for your help" After that ending in the first book, I know I had to read the second one. A.S.A.P. Literally me on my way to Sabine: I haven't made any review on the first book. I liked it but I was denounced on the fact that we have Ailesse on the cover and the summary, with no glimpse of Sabine but only to be in love with her right after the first chapter in Bone Crier's Moon. I hate not to have a partnership with the main character because Sabine just stole my heart right "I've come to ask for your help" After that ending in the first book, I know I had to read the second one. A.S.A.P. Literally me on my way to Sabine: I haven't made any review on the first book. I liked it but I was denounced on the fact that we have Ailesse on the cover and the summary, with no glimpse of Sabine but only to be in love with her right after the first chapter in Bone Crier's Moon. I hate not to have a partnership with the main character because Sabine just stole my heart right from the start. Not to say, she had the best character development of all. A snippet of what's in my head while I was reading Bone Grace's series: Sabine, Sabine & Sabine. Venturing to the second book. I like it because it ends the way I wanted it. But on its way to be as what I expected, I have to say it was a bit underwhelming in the first half of it. The plot literally just went back and forth. From going to Cas' castle, trying to save Ailesse, back to the hideouts, oh wait, we left Bastien! Back to Cas' castle, run to the hideouts again, and repeat the cycle. Not to say, Ailesse is getting exasperating even after what they had gone through before. Like how naive can she be to still believe that Odiva actually cared for her? Or how persistent she is to be the matrone despite the role being passed to Sabine ages ago. I don't like it. p/s: At this point, you can say, I'm having a personal vendetta against Ailesse. Because that girl is stupid but is still getting everything her way (I respected the Ailesse community, it just ain't me). Another thing I was confused about as well was, Cas and Sabine. Hell yeah, I want them to end up together but you can see Cas was enamoured by her amore, Ailesse from the start. But when Ailesse rejected him, he's suddenly out of the stupor? How even when the bond was not yet to be broken. While Cas and Sabine's relationship doesn’t feel rushed, it still moved pretty fast so, am a bit disappointed. Plus these two happened towards the end of the book (was hoping for more of them though). But anyway, when the story starts to pick up, you'd find yourself finally enjoying the book. Plus, Ailesse is progressing wayyy better too. And Jules is getting lovable (Bastien honestly doesn't deserve her). And I think it was getting a bit emotional because I just love Sabine too much. All the goods, the rates, the compliments are 90% due to Sabine. She's literally the star of the show, the love of my life and the cherry on top. Meanwhile Sabine at me: I can find myself liking a character but I can't remember one that I am so protective and obsessed with as I did to Sabine. My spirit animal, you're the MVP. Plus that cover? Sabine, just marry me already. If you have been contemplating on reading the duology, honestly, just do so because of Sabine and it will be all good. But other than Sabine, the rest was averagely good. The other characters were horrible except for Marcel (the Ferriers are equally annoying). I was this close to not finish the book because I hate them for what they said to Sabine. Even Cas is a bit bland. The plot was okay but then Sabine. My love Sabine made it better. *** No one: - Me: SABINE!! Meanwhile, the rest of you: The mad Sabine disease ends now! All in all, the duology is satisfactory. And I still love Sabine. 3.75/5

  6. 5 out of 5

    Von

    Here’s hoping the next book will have an even more beautiful cover (if that’s even possible) edit: IT IS!!!! OH MY GOSH! Is that my girl SABINE!! I can’t wait until this book comes out! I want to see more of her!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eloise

    This was one of my most anticipated books of 2021 and it did not disappoint. We open two weeks after the last book and get thrown right into the high-stakes action. The pace barely slows for most of the book, and our three leads seem to spend half the book careening from one calamity to the next. I loved it when all the different groups came together, and we got to see the ways the different characters played off each other. This established their personalities fairly quickly if, like me, you on This was one of my most anticipated books of 2021 and it did not disappoint. We open two weeks after the last book and get thrown right into the high-stakes action. The pace barely slows for most of the book, and our three leads seem to spend half the book careening from one calamity to the next. I loved it when all the different groups came together, and we got to see the ways the different characters played off each other. This established their personalities fairly quickly if, like me, you only remember Ailesse and Sabine from book one. The novel really shines, though, with the characters chapters on their own; grappling with their inner thoughts, desires, and fates in the emotional heart of the novel. Underneath the YA action, there are some deep themes: Duty vs Desire, Fate Vs Free Will, Tradition vs Faith - all of it a celebration of the bonds of Sisterhood. I'm a little sad it's only a duology. "The world can be a bitter and cruel place. In the end, each of us must decide who we are and what we will do with the lot we're given" Points were awarded for: Sabine being badass and adorable, sympathetic romantic antagonists, a deeply satisfying (hopeful) ending, a denouement that made me shed a tear, and a grasp of character and writing so good that I went from ¬_¬ to "I look forward to reading about this character getting stabbed" in one line of dialogue, actually cute romance (YMMV), still one of the most unique magic systems I've read in YA Fantasy Points were deducted for: the amount of poor-communication resultant disasters (it makes sense in-book and for the characters but Pet Peeve, use of the dreaded coronated. No. Content Warnings: I'd say it was pretty PG overall. Some description of violence with the action scenes. Some swearing, but it's in French. Details under a spoiler tag (view spoiler)[Violence, Attempted murder, Perception of coercion, Emotional abuse & manipulation, Spiritual abuse, Death of a parent, Animal sacrifice (hide spoiler)] TL;DR - Chaotic teens team up, make mistakes, have anti-soulmate-trope discourse with local Gods, and make me cry. If GR let me give half stars it would be 4.5. Edit: I'm still thinking about it, 5 stars it is

  8. 4 out of 5

    Darce

    holy fork. and i thought the cover on book 1 was gorgeous. i didn't even like book 1 that much (it was good but nothing amazing) but this cover? PERFECTION. P E R F E C T I O N. charlie has outdone herself, and she's also made me want to buy the hardcover copy of this so i can drool over the book and clutch at while cackling 'my prettyyy' (think golem). G. O. R. G. E. O. U. S. holy fork. and i thought the cover on book 1 was gorgeous. i didn't even like book 1 that much (it was good but nothing amazing) but this cover? PERFECTION. P E R F E C T I O N. charlie has outdone herself, and she's also made me want to buy the hardcover copy of this so i can drool over the book and clutch at while cackling 'my prettyyy' (think golem). G. O. R. G. E. O. U. S.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nihal

    Holla up. I read the excerpt from the sequel and I smell a villian/protagonist ship i.e if the author goes that way. i would like it very much. ---- What are the chances this will be Sabine's book Holla up. I read the excerpt from the sequel and I smell a villian/protagonist ship i.e if the author goes that way. i would like it very much. ---- What are the chances this will be Sabine's book

  10. 4 out of 5

    Humaira

    EDIT 1: EEEEEKKKKKK, just received my copy and I'm soooo happy, I was quite shocked cos it came 10 days earlier than the publication date, can't wait to read the the finale of The Bone Grace Duology, definiltey gonna wreck me :) It was quite slow in the beginning but overall it broke me and tore me into pieces and for that I absolutely loved Bone Crier's Dawn, it was so beautiful, the friendships, romances and honestly everything about this book was phenomenal. An amazing ending to an amazing duo EDIT 1: EEEEEKKKKKK, just received my copy and I'm soooo happy, I was quite shocked cos it came 10 days earlier than the publication date, can't wait to read the the finale of The Bone Grace Duology, definiltey gonna wreck me :) It was quite slow in the beginning but overall it broke me and tore me into pieces and for that I absolutely loved Bone Crier's Dawn, it was so beautiful, the friendships, romances and honestly everything about this book was phenomenal. An amazing ending to an amazing duology.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Azura

    Oi can I killed Casimir? Slowly and painfully?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Taschima

    Damn it cover artists and designers... you've done it again. *adds to pre order cart* Damn it cover artists and designers... you've done it again. *adds to pre order cart*

  13. 5 out of 5

    maryysbooks 🌿

    Seriously, WHO do I have to bribe to get this book in my hands? This a serious question, I can't wait to read this sequel! Seriously, WHO do I have to bribe to get this book in my hands? This a serious question, I can't wait to read this sequel!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Vee

    okay so I Did Not Like BCM BUT something about it made me want to read the sequel. And that cover? Let's go okay so I Did Not Like BCM BUT something about it made me want to read the sequel. And that cover? Let's go

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Yes my girl Sabine is on the cover 😍

  16. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Nooo I have to wait a whole year for book 2 :'( Nooo I have to wait a whole year for book 2 :'(

  17. 5 out of 5

    fanna

    July 07, 2020: I did really like Bone Crier's Moon so I was bound to look out for this sequel to release BUT THIS COVER I MEAN NOW I'M EVEN MORE EXCITED. July 07, 2020: I did really like Bone Crier's Moon so I was bound to look out for this sequel to release BUT THIS COVER I MEAN NOW I'M EVEN MORE EXCITED.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    I’m so excited for this!! I just finished BCM like 10 minutes ago and I NEED to know what’s gonna happen!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anu

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have such mixed feelings about this book. I definitely feel like the first book was much better. The plot in this book was a bloody mess. It was SO SLOW, and I feel like the first 250 pages could have been summed up into about 100. NOTHING HAPPENED. It was actually so slow that it made me fall into a reading slump. It was more recycled plot: Go to Cas's castle to rescue Ailesse, go back to the hideout, oh wait, we forgot Bastien, let's go back, okay, got Bastien, but we forgot some books, time I have such mixed feelings about this book. I definitely feel like the first book was much better. The plot in this book was a bloody mess. It was SO SLOW, and I feel like the first 250 pages could have been summed up into about 100. NOTHING HAPPENED. It was actually so slow that it made me fall into a reading slump. It was more recycled plot: Go to Cas's castle to rescue Ailesse, go back to the hideout, oh wait, we forgot Bastien, let's go back, okay, got Bastien, but we forgot some books, time to go back, oh no there's been a ferrying mistake, the chained are out, no where except underground is safe, people are losing their light, and so on. Um, it was the exact same plot of the first book. Why even make a second. What's the point????? Okay but what the hell was going on with the villain story? Like why was Ailesse SO NAIVE TO FALL FOR HER MOTHER'S TRICK. DID SHE FORGET THE WHOLE FIRST BOOK. WHAT. THE. HELL. And what was Odiva's motive? First it was be reunited with her lover, but then she wanted to bring Unchained souls into the underworld (don't ask why, she made some deal with Tyrus, but it was supposed to be over, but then, oh, nevermind, it's not?), and then she wanted to rule the whole freaking world? The plot confused me so much, oh, my god. I've never been so lost. WHY ARE THERE SO MANY PLOT HOLES. AND THEN WHY THE HELL DID ODIVA AND HER IDIOT LOVER END UP IN PARADISE. WHAT. THEY'RE BOTH SO HORRIBLE. The last 100 pages, however, were very entertaining, and I actually started enjoying it a lot more then. I did like the ending, and I just wish there were more Sabine and Cas moments. READY FOR SOME MORE PLOT HOLES?? Okay so I was appalled when this happened and I'm actually seriously hoping that I misunderstood this. At the beginning of the book, we're told that if the person who opened the bridges to Paradise and Hell leaves the bridges, the gates close. But, in the end, Sabine open the gates, then LEAVES the bridges, but that gates remain open. What? Am I misreading this? I'm so confused. My favorite characters in the first book were Ailesse and Sabine, but I HATED Ailesse in this book. What the hell was wrong with her? After she's freed, she decides to push Bastien away for some odd reason that isn't explained. It was so dumb as well, since the whole time she was kidnapped, the only thing she thought about was BASTIEN. Oh, my God. Why would she push him away when she could finally be with him? Ailesse is also just incredibly useless. Maybe it's that, or it's recycled plot. Because she's kidnapped for the majority of the first book, and then kidnapped AGAIN at the end of the first book and for the beginning of the second, and then somehow ends up in the freaking UNDERWORLD for the rest of the story. And while she's either kidnapped or half dead, everyone raves about how STRONG and CAPABLE she is. Excuse me, but am I the only one who's questioning this? And THERE'S MORE. Ailesse was a jealous, deranged moron. When she was kidnapped or whatever and found out Sabine was the matrone she got so upset. Like, what do you want Sabine to do? Let them all die? Give up on ferrying souls? It is legit not her fault that you can't go TWO SECONDS without getting yourself kidnapped, alright? And what happened to their 'supportive' friendship? Sabine supported Ailesse in everything she did, but Ailesse couldn't be bothered to give Sabine her support when she needs it? This brings us to the friendship. This book is supposed to be about FRIENDSHIP and SISTERHOOD. It's not. Ailesse is too jealous of Sabine and not supportive. They barely have any moments together, and when they do, they're laughing their heads off for no particular reason. Meanwhile, Sabine is my new favorite. SHE'S SO AWESOME!! I loved her growth in this book, and she was much more relatable than Ailesse. Sabine was scared as hell, but she still got the courage to go do what she had to do. She second guessed herself constantly, and I loved how she grew into a more self-assured person. She also did most of the important stuff in this book while Ailesse was just off in God knows where. I don't have many feelings about Bastien. He's just an okay character to me. He seemed too fixated on Ailesse, but I did have a moment of respect for him when he spit on the feet of the Bone Crier who banished Sabine. Other than that, I didn't really feel much for him. And the chemistry between him in Ailesse from the first book literally disappeared. I felt nothing between them. CAS, ON THE OTHER HAND. OH, MY GOD. Okay I loved him and Sabine together much more than I shipped Ailesse and Bastien. Like, what? They were SO ADORABLE TOGETHER OMG. I want more Cas and Sabine!! Bastien, who? Ailesse can freaking go DIE JUST SABINE IS TOO GOOD. AILESSE DOESN'T DESERVE HER FRIENDSHIP. PLEASEEEE GIVE ME MORE CONTENT. I just feel like we didn't get enough of them. However, I would have preferred it if Cas wasn't obsessed with Ailesse for the first half of the book so Sabine and his relationship would seem more developed. BUT I LOVED IT ANYWAY. I hated Jules in the first book, but she was much better in this one and I actually teared up when she died. THANK GOD she and Bastien didn't end up together because she deserved much, MUCH better. The ending was pretty satisfying and I'm glad we got closure on all the characters. I'm also so happy that Sabine got to stay matrone of the Bone Crier's. My only complaint with it, is that it was too simplistic. There were no plot twists, and it went in a simple line - from point A to B. It was predictable and I knew how it was going to end after I read the first page. So I gave this book three stars because I didn't absolutely hate it, but then again, it was SO BORING the first half, and felt indifference towards many of the characters. I decided to go for the middle rating, because the first half of the book was, like, a one of two star, and then the rest was a four. Sabine carried the whole thing, and I found myself looking forward to her chapters. I think some characters deserved more development, but it was a good story overall. I also think I would be much happier if the whole story was just from Sabine's perspective. Like, take out Ailesse and Bastien. Please. Honestly, what I'm trying to say is read this book only for Sabine. Everyone else is crap. Happy Reading!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kiele McKinney

    This book was the best ever. I was so, so scared going into it, cause I have had some bad experiences in duologies where it brought down the first book. But this didn't do that, in fact it made me love this series even more. Main Characters. Again, this read around, I really loved Ailesse. She went through so much in this book, and it hurt to see her just struggling to do everything to help her friends. I love how brave and cool and how she is just the most perfect baby. Again, I really only lik This book was the best ever. I was so, so scared going into it, cause I have had some bad experiences in duologies where it brought down the first book. But this didn't do that, in fact it made me love this series even more. Main Characters. Again, this read around, I really loved Ailesse. She went through so much in this book, and it hurt to see her just struggling to do everything to help her friends. I love how brave and cool and how she is just the most perfect baby. Again, I really only like Bastien because he's with Ailesse, and I feel like he got a little too desperate in this book, which was not a good look on him. Then, there's Sabine. She literally owns my heart. I love her so much and she is so pretty and such a good character and friend and sister and partner and everything and ahhhhh. There were times I was screaming at her because her jackal grace made her make stupid decisions, but I still absolutely love her. Other Characters. I liked Jules more in this book and also she broke my heart. Even though she can get on my nerves, seeing her in pain like this literally killed me. Marcel was just as amazing in this book, and I'm sad we didn't get to see quite as much of him as we did in the first book. Cas is... a character. He grew on me over this book, cause he was actually kind of sweet, but he still wasn't a favorite. I hated Odiva and whoever that king was a lot like with all my heart just wanted to kill them. Plot. You know what makes me mad? How little we get to see Sabine and Ailesse together. If they weren't sisters, I would totally ship them as a couple. We never get to see them together and it makes me really made cause they're so sweet together and make each other so happy. Now, the rest of this plot. Obviously I can't say too much or it would get spoilery, but I loved this plot. Though there was less kidnapping and torture, I still loved it. Like, it was so perfect. This was the most beautiful ending to this series and I couldn't have imagined it differently. Oh, and I loved all of the new mythology in this book. (view spoiler)[It really hurt me to see Ailesse in the underworld being chained and stuff. Also, Jules' sacrifice killed me. Even if she wasn't my favorite, the way she died made me cry. (hide spoiler)] Cover. I absolutely love this cover. The colors are beautiful, and Sabine is the most beautiful thing in the world. And so is Ailesse. All of the little details in this just make me so happy and I love this cover so much and just want to stare at it all day.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I’m kind of stuck between 4 and 3.5 rounded. The story was really good and I liked the idea behind it, but it wasn’t really... ground breaking? I’m glad Sabine has more character development but there were literally times where I was like “you mf you’re so annoying and stupid.” I feel like there are so many pieces of things that were missing and a lot of things just didn’t logically or realistically make sense. Like for example, why isn’t Jules’ death more upsetting? The author literally just KI I’m kind of stuck between 4 and 3.5 rounded. The story was really good and I liked the idea behind it, but it wasn’t really... ground breaking? I’m glad Sabine has more character development but there were literally times where I was like “you mf you’re so annoying and stupid.” I feel like there are so many pieces of things that were missing and a lot of things just didn’t logically or realistically make sense. Like for example, why isn’t Jules’ death more upsetting? The author literally just KILLED her off like it was nothing? I never really liked Jules throughout the the two books and I finally liked her when she sacrificed herself to save Ailesse but I feel like her death isn’t remembered enough. And I think it’s kinda sad the reason you finally like a character is because she died and you feel bad for them. I get why her death I guess was “justified” though, she was literally dying because so much Light was stolen from her, but CMONNN. I also think that there were SOO many directions the second book could have gone, and I was a bit disappointed when it didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to. But then again I can not say shit cause I’m not the one writing it and my rating can not go lower just because the story didn’t go the way I wanted it to.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anelise

    I hate myself for starting this series I just can carrying on with knowing what’s gonna happen

  23. 4 out of 5

    AJ

    I love this cover!! Even more excited for this book now! 😍

  24. 5 out of 5

    Saša

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. this is a very solid 3 stars for me. here are the pros and cons: SPOILER WARNING! 1. while i did enjoy the plot, i had some problems with it; godart and birdine were extremely unnecessary, marcel didn’t grieve at all for jules, and some other thing made no sense. 2. sabine’s and cas’s insta love. they were cute, but how the hell did they go from i want to kill you to i like you in one day? it was just unnatural. 3. it was quite predictable. i hoped for more plot twists, but i was really disappointe this is a very solid 3 stars for me. here are the pros and cons: SPOILER WARNING! 1. while i did enjoy the plot, i had some problems with it; godart and birdine were extremely unnecessary, marcel didn’t grieve at all for jules, and some other thing made no sense. 2. sabine’s and cas’s insta love. they were cute, but how the hell did they go from i want to kill you to i like you in one day? it was just unnatural. 3. it was quite predictable. i hoped for more plot twists, but i was really disappointed with the book (i still think it is good, i just had higher expectations). i also hoped for a stronger ending. pros: 1. the plot- so at the beginning of the book sabine and bastien try to break in the castle to try to save aliesse. when they found out that she was willingly staying there, they were really confused because they thought cas was holding her prisoner. bastien gets caught and sabine preforms a blood sacrifice and sends deadly snakes to the castle. bastien barely got out alive while was trying sabine to open the gates of the afterlife. sabine sees her mother, who is trying to lure aliesse to exchange their lives and runs away, making all the chained souls free to terrorise people. one chained attacked cas's father, and he dies, making cas the king. sabine now has five graces, but is still turned away form being the matrone of the family. aliesse exchanges her life for her mother's and she brings back her old love. cas is dethroned and sabine and bastien kidnap him. meanwhile aliesse is watching them from the underworld and when she helped them (twice), she got chains. at the end, jules (who is dying) replaces aliesse in the undreworld and the defeat odiva and godart. they challenge tyrus to stop with the blood sacrifices or they will unleash everyone from the underworld to elara's gates. sabine learns how to use the light inside her and sings to open the gates. bastien talks with his father and finally gets closure. sabine gets together with cas, and bastien and aliesse travel away. 2. the characters: a) ailesse- b) sabine- c) bastien- d) cas- he was cute and probably the most wholesome person in this book. he wanted to protect aliesse and his people and wanted to to what is right. 3/5 e) jules- she was fine, but pretty unhelpful. she could barely move and she was half dead half of the book. she should have died in the first book. i did like that she saw that she was no longer necessary and exchanged her life for aliesse's. 3/5 f) marcel- i can barely remember if he was in this book. i think we should have gotten his reaction when jules died, because he just serves as a source of information for the other characters. 2/5 g) birdine- highly unnecessary. she served to give marcel some purpose except his books. one dimensional. 1/5 h) odiva- she is kind of bland. i think it would have been better is she stayed dead, because she didn't spice up the story and she was replaceable. 2/5 3. the magic system is still so good! the blood sacrifises and graces are as interesting as they were in the first book, and you find out how elara's and tyrus's gates work. everything was explained more clearly and we got to find out that the silver owl is actually elara's light. 4. sabine’s character development. sabine went through a big development, trying to learn how to be the matrone and how to respect herself. she always saw herself as a watered down version of aliesse and she needed to learn how to value herself. i dare say she is even more powerful than aliesse. she deserved the happy ending she got. 5. i think this book has good writing. it wasn't anything special, but it's not bad writing. 6. the romance is very adorable. bastien and aliesse were always cute, but in this book their relationship really grew. at first, it grew apart. than, aliesse said she didn't want to be anything more than friends with him because she needed space. even when they were "friends", they still acted sweet towards each other. at the end they went to travel and live their lives together. sabine and cas were also pretty cute. their relationship started developing in the middle of the book and at the end they were kind of together.

  25. 4 out of 5

    KBrekker

    2.5* Going into Bone Crier's Dawn I didn't have high expectations at all. I found the previous book to be decent but not exceptional. Still, I thought this would be a 3.5-4 stars at least :/ The writing and dialogue in this book was quite basic, even *cough* cringey *cough* at times. I found myself being pulled out of the story because of some of the dialogues. The characters were easier to root for in the previous book and this is the first time I'm experiencing such disconnect from characters I'v 2.5* Going into Bone Crier's Dawn I didn't have high expectations at all. I found the previous book to be decent but not exceptional. Still, I thought this would be a 3.5-4 stars at least :/ The writing and dialogue in this book was quite basic, even *cough* cringey *cough* at times. I found myself being pulled out of the story because of some of the dialogues. The characters were easier to root for in the previous book and this is the first time I'm experiencing such disconnect from characters I've already read about. Sabine was downright infuriating in the first half and Ailesse was confused and almost kind of unhinged for the better half of the book. These two did get a much better by the end but for the first 100 pages or so, I really hated reading from their perspectives, Which leaves us with Bastien. By elimination his pov was the one I used to wait for at least in the first half. Then his dialogue got exceedingly cringy and I couldn't get into it. Cas was an interesting character... Yeah that's all I have to say about him. He's cool. The plot. Oh my god the plot. So much happening, so many time jumps, so much CONVENIENCE. Even though I preferred the characters how they were in the second half, the plot in the second half was just a string of events of pure convenience. Major spoilers ahead because I would like to cite examples. (Skip over this next paragraph if it doesn't give u the option to hide spoiler) (view spoiler)[As soon as Ailesse gets trapped in the miroir, and she starts "using her Light" to communicate with the living people, that's when I realised how this was going to go. I thought the 3 strikes and you're out system was interesting and high stakes but then what was that random statement Forgeron made about Odiva not getting chains because she used "her Darkness" Instead of Light?? No one questioned that? Anyway, the phrase "use your Light" Was used every page and I still don't understand what it meant? About that little story about Estelle And Forgeron, I didn't get why we needed that. It just confused me more. Once Ailesse does leave the miroir, the whole battle scene happens And wow the convenience in this scene. I couldn't get into the "Sabine has a magical voice and she can sing made up songs and all will be well" thing. I'm going to need more details. Odiva and Godart were tea'd up to be such dangerous villains but they died pretty easily? Atleast Godart did. Wdym Cas being half dead just stabbed him? Why didn't he do that earlier then? I just feel like their plan included 28463 different things and had so many moving parts that when it all just magically worked out, I couldn't believe it. (hide spoiler)] Yup so those are my thoughts on this book. I did like some of the plot points. And the ending was quite satisfying. It was an okay book overall.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Daphné

    This cover is sooooo beautiful😍

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chance (temporary.escaper)

    ~3.25 stars

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Library *Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy *Rating* 3.5 *Thoughts* Bone Crier's Dawn is the second installment in author Kathryn Purdie's Bone Grace duology. The story begins where Boon Crier's Bone finished. Sabine and Bastien are working to free Ailesse from Prince Casimir, while the dead wreak havoc on the living. The story has three distinct narrators: Ailesse, Bastien, and Sabine who offer different insights into their world and leave something for every reader to love, whether they’re shy, *Source* Library *Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy *Rating* 3.5 *Thoughts* Bone Crier's Dawn is the second installment in author Kathryn Purdie's Bone Grace duology. The story begins where Boon Crier's Bone finished. Sabine and Bastien are working to free Ailesse from Prince Casimir, while the dead wreak havoc on the living. The story has three distinct narrators: Ailesse, Bastien, and Sabine who offer different insights into their world and leave something for every reader to love, whether they’re shy, cunning, or brash. Even though Prince Casimir isn't considered to be a main character, you would be remiss in ignoring his role in this story which is why I love the three POV's. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sari

    DNF, I was hoping the duology would focus on the (supposed) sisterhood of the Bone Criers but all Sabine and Ailesse do is be jealous/toxic to each other which doesn't work for me. Sabine was my fav character in the first book, which prompted me to read this one, but her development took a sour turn for me as all she does is compare herself to a "sister" who can't be happy for her. DNF, I was hoping the duology would focus on the (supposed) sisterhood of the Bone Criers but all Sabine and Ailesse do is be jealous/toxic to each other which doesn't work for me. Sabine was my fav character in the first book, which prompted me to read this one, but her development took a sour turn for me as all she does is compare herself to a "sister" who can't be happy for her.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sofie |

    oh this literally came out today and i just finished book one. cool. _____________ Tu ne me manques pas. Je ne te manque pas. You’re not missing from me. I’m not missing from you. The phrase he taught me has been my mantra since I’ve come to Beau Palais. Soon I’ll be with Bastien. I won’t need Old Gallish words to hold his memory or help me visualize his sea-blue eyes and dark tousled hair. He’s alive. He has to be. 2.5 stars rounded up because I am so glad this is a duology. plot holes plot holes pl oh this literally came out today and i just finished book one. cool. _____________ Tu ne me manques pas. Je ne te manque pas. You’re not missing from me. I’m not missing from you. The phrase he taught me has been my mantra since I’ve come to Beau Palais. Soon I’ll be with Bastien. I won’t need Old Gallish words to hold his memory or help me visualize his sea-blue eyes and dark tousled hair. He’s alive. He has to be. 2.5 stars rounded up because I am so glad this is a duology. plot holes plot holes plot holes. hypocrisy. evil queen is evil for no reason. idk man. SPOILERS because I gotta get some things off my chest. SERIOUS SPOILERS YOU HAVE BEEN WANRED. (view spoiler)[ First of all, for the first half of the novel, I felt like I was having deja vu. It's pretty much the exact plot of the first book. Gates open. Something happens, gates close too soon, the dead swarm the living for 2 weeks until the gates open again at the soul bridge. Our MCs can't travel anywhere because of the vicious chained. People lose their Light. Our MCs are wholly unprepared for the ferrying at the soul bridge and shit goes wrong. In book one, Bastien is stabbed and Ailesse is kidnapped. In this book, Ailesse is Stupid (with a capital S) and falls for her mother's lie. The entire story is gotta sneak into the palace. oh it's not safe, gotta go to Bastien's hideout. okay now we gotta back to the palace and save Cas. oh no we're up against the chained again, I wonder where we'll be safe?! ok, back to the hideout. oh we forgot some books at the palace, guess we gotta sneak back in. oh dang, it still wasn't safe? you don't say! oh going back to the palace put Cas back in danger, which in turn puts Ailesse in danger? NO SHIT. ok, back to the hideout. What...happened...to the original plot of the movie (i know it's a book, this is a quote from tiktok) This think went round and round in circles until finally something new happened and Ailesse gets sucked into the underworld. Which... wtf. Ailesse really fell for her mother's fake sincerity and promises? Even Sabine saw through it. all you need to do is touch my hand and i'll teach you how to break the soul bond. it's like Ailesse just conveniently forgot that her mother's original bargain called for Ailesse's life. This whole thing made no sense?!!?!? Why would Odiva "sacrifice" herself to the underworld and then just... trick her daughter into switching places? What was the purpose??? Ailesse was practically about to enter the Underworld gates ON HER OWN at the end of book one and Odiva ran into the gates herself to stop her. so???? Her plan made 0 sense, too. Give Tyrus unchained souls, kill her own daughter, get her lover back. Okay, fine. But then apparently the bargain isn't complete in book 2, and now Odiva still needs to funnel ALL unchained souls from Paradise? Bring the afterlife together? I thought Odiva was just giving Tyrus unchained souls in book 1 to try and appease Tyrus and not have to kill her own daughter? Oh but actually, suddenly she doesn't just want her love back, she wants to rule the fucking world. WUT. I can (grudgingly) accept soul-deep love as a motivation, but Odiva's quest for power made her lose ALL the humanity that kind of made her a faceted villain. SO MANY PLOT HOLES. And the plagues!! It was established in book 1 that the recent plague wasn't actually sickness, but rather, the chained sucking the literal life out of people because the Ferrying ceremony was cut short. But here, everyone, even the bone criers, make it seem like there was a plague and the chained fiasco? I DON'T GET IT. AND THEN WHEN THE GOOD GUYS FINALLY WIN, AILESSE LETS HER AWFUL MOTHER AND ODIVA'S AWFUL LOVER GO TO PARADISE?!?!?!? IS THERE NO JUSTICE?!?! (hide spoiler)] This book was a bloody mess. I got what Purdie was going for - an epic tale of desire vs. duty, loyalty vs. righteousness, sisterly love vs. motherly love. It could have been great if it wasn't so confined to the same 3 settings and crude villain motivations. The best part of the story was Sabine, who grows into her role as matroné of the Lauress, who must resist the doubts cast on her from her clan and her own grace bones, who must shed her own insecurities of being second to Ailesse in everything including love. The unwavering support between her and Ailesse was refreshing, especially in YA, and especially because for a few chapters, I honestly thought Purdie was setting her up to be a new villain. Anyway, that's my rant. Read this if you can stand it.

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