By Emily Lloyd-Jones
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
on September 24, 2019
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 deep into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and the long-hidden truths about themselves.
I’d heard some really great things about this book from fellow book bloggers, and when I saw the cover and read the synopsis, I had to add it to my TBR. I was lucky enough to buy the ebook when it was on sale for $2.99.
This book was so good! It was exciting and despite all the talk of skeletons, I don’t think it’s a scary book. It was full of adventure, along with great characters, lovely writing, and it pulled at my heartstrings.
As a bonus, I got a Lloyd Alexander / Chronicles of Prydain vibe. I loved those books as a kid, and so I loved reading the author’s acknowledgment where she talked about those books.
This was a sweet and exciting read. Recommended!