Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Sky in the Deep in this bewitching, historical horror novel, perfect for fans of Holly Black and V.E. Schwab.
Seventeen-year-old Aderyn ("Ryn") only cares about two things: her family and her family's graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meager existence as gravediggers in the remote village of Colbren, which sits at the foot of a harsh and deadly mountain range that was once home to the fae. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don't always stay dead.
The risen corpses are known as "bone houses," and legend says that they're the result of a decades-old curse. When Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker with a mysterious past, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with new ferocity. What is it that draws them near? And more importantly, how can they be stopped for good?
Together, Ellis and Ryn embark on a journey that will take them into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and the deeply-buried truths about themselves.
This book was so fantastic to read! I mean, it's about bone houses, basically zombies, and the situations that Ryn and Ellis get into are pretty hilarious. Like, the family goat! Can't say enough good things about that goat!
I fairly boiled at the unfairness of it all, that this rich guy wants to kick them out because their uncle owes him. They're not yet adults, so they're stuck in a bad place. Bah, it just made me so frustrated, that they were put in that situation!
There's a bit of a mystery to Ellis, he was found wondering the woods alone as a child. And now he's going looking for his family, combined with the quest to deal with the bone houses. A good use of resources! I really enjoyed them going on this journey!
Wow, did I enjoy everything coming together! It was bittersweet, but so lovely to read! It's funny, just how much chaos just one artifact left behind made. It kinda makes me wonder what it'd be like if the fae came back. But wow, just an incredible ending!
Loved this book, it was a really fantastic read, and I really enjoyed it!
Author: Emily Lloyd-Jones
Read: October 15th, 2019
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and it's a SAC 2019 Book!
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: September 24th 2019