I can not tell you how many times I put this book down. I did not like anything about it at first. I didn’t care about the characters and the story was confusing. But I am so unbelievably glad I stuck it out because it got freaking amazing!
It turns out that I really liked the characters.. I just do not like the romance. I do not feel a connection between Ailesse and Bastien at all. I think that is what was bothering me so much at the beginning. But if we take out the romance then the story itself is really fantastic. We have a group of women whose job is to ferry souls of the dead. They have magic by wearing the bones of the animals they killed, called graces. The magic they gained was specific to whatever animal they wore. They also had a rite of passage that involved killing their soulmates.. Pretty gruesome but Ailesse has been preparing for this rite her whole life.
Bastien witnessed his father being killed by a bone ferrier when he was young. His goal in life is to get revenge on these woman. He finds the perfect opportunity when he sees Aileese preforming the ritual on the bridge.. and everything kind of snow balls from there.
We have a third character, Sabine. I really liked Sabine. In fact, I think she was my favorite character out of all of them. She did not want to kill anyone or anything. I loved how deep her friendship with Ailesse was. They loved each other unconditionally even though they were completely different. When Bastien takes Aileese, Sabine will stop at nothing to save her.
So this book started out pretty slow but it became extremely interesting once I got over the “romance” and I got a handle on the magic and the world. I am very sad that I now have to wait for the next book.