Stories are History, Whether They’re True or Not: A Review of All The Murmuring Bones

Long ago Miren O’Malley’s family prospered due to a deal struck with the Mer: safety for their ships in return for a child of each generation. But for many years the family have been unable to keep their side of the bargain and have fallen into decline. Miren’s grandmother is determined to restore their glory, even at the price of Miren’s freedom.

What a delightfully gothic tale! I had so missed reading lush, dark stories, and this one fit the bill perfectly. I’ll admit, the prologue had me a little on edge, but oh, it was so worth the read!

Also, I would like to point out that one of the notes I made while reading was: “two fart jokes in the first chapter!” Truly, we love to keep it classy here. But then the description of Hob’s Hollow, and opening with a funeral…that’s that gothic goodness I do like!

And, much like the literature of yore, there’s a good amount of incest discussed, as a content warning for you.

Miren is one of those plucky leads that you can’t help but love. She’s very self-aware, and yearns for her dresses in this fantastical Not-Ireland (the story feels very Irish, with folk tales scattered throughout) as she works to uncover a mystery about her parents and her family. The folk tales Miren tells herself are so wonderfully familiar, without being dry. Honestly, give me more merpeople and selkies and kelpies!

I truly loved this story, and it’s a perfect read for rainy spring days.

Full of wonderful creatures from my favorite stories, All The Murmuring Bones was such a wonderfully dark read, with that gothic flare I’ve been craving. I give it 4 out of 5 scales. Thank you so much to Titan Books for including me on this tour! Check out the rest of the posts below!

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