Worlds of Ink and Shadow
by Lena Coakley
January 5, 2016
HarperCollins Canada / Amulet
Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The Brontë siblings have always been inseparable. After all, nothing can bond four siblings quite like life in an isolated parsonage out on the moors. Their vivid imaginations lend them escape from their strict upbringing, actually transporting them into their created worlds: the glittering Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy Gondal. But at what price? As Branwell begins to slip into madness and the sisters feel their real lives slipping away, they must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations, even as their characters—the brooding Rogue and dashing Duke of Zamorna—refuse to let them go.
Gorgeously written and based on the Brontës’ juvenilia, Worlds of Ink & Shadow brings to life one of history’s most celebrated literary families.
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I want to thank the publisher for sending me an advanced reviewer copy.
Worlds of Ink and Shadows was such a unique, highly-imaginative and beautiful-fantasy book. It had me wanting to read something that I don’t normally and really loving the journey. Each character had a distinct voice and you got something different from each of them. Their shared love of writing but yet the sibling struggles were all present which made it so real and relatable.
Charlotte and Branwell are the two older children out of the four Brontë children. They feel it is there job to protect the two younger siblings Emily and Anne. They have been writing and traveling into there imagined world. With any precious gift comes a price. What that price is, and how they got it is what they are keeping from there siblings.
Emily resents her older siblings from keeping these secrets from her. She has been writing her own world and longs to go to it. Emily has been reading Charlotte and Branwell’s stories. She longs to be with the villain Rogue, she feels she can tame him.
What happens when a price is paid that you can’t take back? What if that price affected more than just you? Would you give up something you love for those you love? You have to read this story to find out.
This was a great fantasy story on the Brontë family. All the siblings died so young and within such a close time frame of each other. It was interesting to see how the author came up with a unique story to tell this historical tale. I am giving this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Lena Coakley was born in Milford, Connecticut and grew up on Long Island. In High School, Creative Writing was the only course she ever failed (nothing was ever good enough to hand in!), but, undeterred, she went on to study writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in Toronto, Canada. Witchlanders is her debut novel.
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