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 used to hate zombie stories, because they tend to rely on clichés. But this one. Combining one of my favorite horror movie elements with Welsh history and folklore? SOLD.
Ryn is the exact kind of leading lady I adore: she doesn’t care what people think, she’s stubborn to a fault, and overly loyal. And Ellis is the exact leading guy I love: soft, smart, and willing to do whatever he can to help.
I have A Type, okay?
I just had a lot of good feelings seeing pwcas mentioned on page. It’s been a weird recent obsession of mine (Welsh folklore, not just pwcas specifically), and to read such a rich tale with them? Yes, please.
This book evokes the same kind of feelings I get from An Enchantment of Ravens. It’s rich and beautiful and scary and just…all the feels.
Plus, can we please appreciate that cover?! So good!
A spooky tale perfect for fall, I give The Bone Houses 5 out of 5 goats. Thank you so much to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for providing a copy in exchange for review.