The Gracekeepers

The Gracekeepers❰PDF / Epub❯ ☉ The Gracekeepers Author Kirsty Logan – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk For readers of The Night Circus and Station Eleven, a lyrical and absorbing debut set in a world covered by waterAs a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, laying the dead to their fin For readers of The Night Circus and Station Eleven, a lyrical and absorbing debut set in a world covered by waterAs a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, laying the dead to their final resting place deep in the depths of the ocean Alone on her island, she has exiled herself to a life of tending watery graves as penance for a long ago mistake that still haunts her Meanwhile, North works as a circus performer with the Excalibur, a floating troupe of acrobats, clowns, dancers, and trainers who sail from one archipelago to the next, entertaining in exchange for sustenance In a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland landlockers and those who float on the sea damplings , loneliness has become a way of life for North and Callanish, until a sudden storm offshore brings change to both their lives offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the consequences of the past, while restoring hope in an unexpected future Inspired in part by Scottish myths and fairytales, The Gracekeepers tells a modern story of an irreparably changed world one that harbors the same isolation and sadness, but also joys and marvels of our own age. Whelp, here is one of 3 magical fantasy realism circus type books I ve read in the past 3 months completely accidentally coincidentally I didn t know this genre was so strong.I picked up this book in Edinburgh while on vacation because the cover is lovely In England Here in the US it s kind of poopy and looks like a tampon commercial But the book is very nice and fairy tale ish, kind of Water for Chocolate meets a seafaring fantasy world There are a few women characters who are really gre Whelp, here is one of 3 magical fantasy realism circus type books I ve read in the past 3 months completely accidentally coincidentally I didn t know this genre was so strong.I picked up this book in Edinburgh while on vacation because the cover is lovely In England Here in the US it s kind of poopy and looks like a tampon commercial But the book is very nice and fairy tale ish, kind of Water for Chocolate meets a seafaring fantasy world There are a few women characters who are really great Just the names of characters alone, Avalon and Callenish, are yummy enough to make the book worth reading There s a sort of fatalistic Celtic air about the whole thing I enjoyed.If you want to read a very nice book about sea circus gypsies that is kind of depressing and uplifting and really quite artistic all at the same time, this is a good pick The Night Circus fans would like this review coming for that too This is a truly beautiful and magical novel.A flooded world, where few islands remain, and those who inhabit the land are landlockers Everyone else lives on boats and are known as damplings.North is a dampling she works as the bear girl on a circus boat known as The Excalibur The circus folk are the only family she has ever known, and she would never want to leave However, she is harbouring a secret a secret that might destroy the life she has built Callanish is a Gracekeeper She arranges This is a truly beautiful and magical novel.A flooded world, where few islands remain, and those who inhabit the land are landlockers Everyone else lives on boats and are known as damplings.North is a dampling she works as the bear girl on a circus boat known as The Excalibur The circus folk are the only family she has ever known, and she would never want to leave However, she is harbouring a secret a secret that might destroy the life she has built Callanish is a Gracekeeper She arranges mourning ceremonies for people with loved ones who have died She lives alone on her island, as a punishment for something she did long ago Kirsty Logan s writing is so lyrical, I was swept away in this magical world We see how Callanish and North meet for the first time, and then how they are constantly drawn together I loved all the different characters, particularly from the circus They were all so imaginative and sometimes quite creepy mainly the clowns and the glamours It was just a completely immersive world, and I loved spending time in it.Highly recommend Kirsty Logan has such a lovely way with words Take this description of an apple The apple was a perfect sphere, green speckled with red, shiny as a bird s eye Avalon pulled a silver knife from her dress pocket and cut the apple s softening flesh into quarters, exposing the pips tenderly Its scent exploded in the air sweetly souring, past its best but still with a sheen of juice.It made me go and eat an apple Sadly it wasn t quite as tantalizing as the description I will say that without t Kirsty Logan has such a lovely way with words Take this description of an apple The apple was a perfect sphere, green speckled with red, shiny as a bird s eye Avalon pulled a silver knife from her dress pocket and cut the apple s softening flesh into quarters, exposing the pips tenderly Its scent exploded in the air sweetly souring, past its best but still with a sheen of juice.It made me go and eat an apple Sadly it wasn t quite as tantalizing as the description I will say that without the use of such eloquent prose this novel wouldn t have been half as good The language really helped to capture the image of a magical, and mysterious, floating circus on a world that was almost entirely at sea A wonderful settingIndeed, the earth has flooded and only small isolated pockets of land remain The protagonist of this novel is called North she is a bear girl, which means she performs in the circus with her trusted companion who is a bear However, their relationship was not emphasised nowhere near enough through the novel, and at some points the bear felt like a piece of furniture in the circus The circus, called Excalibur, also stages classic acts such as clowns and acrobatics If they didn t provide such excellent entertainment then they wouldn t eat as the landowners exchange food for entertainment They are literally performing to survive.After a successful performance a storm hits them at high seas One of their valued members dies thus, the circus seeks the help of a Gracekeeper Gracekeepers put people to rest after they have dies they perform a service then sink the body to the bottom of the ocean Callinish is one such keeper and she is drawn to North When the two meet they instantly feel like family as they belong together This became the plot driver for the book and gave it a solid direction, as the two characters had to come back together Indeed, when the two parted it was evident that the novel would end with them re joining A tragically weak endingIn spite of the wonderful prose, and the exciting world the author has devised the ending, I felt, was very weak A very, very, tragic event occurs at the end of the book it should have affected the protagonist deeply, but it didn t really I think I wasbothered by it She should have been on her knees weeping Instead there is a brief moment of sadness and of acceptance This seemed inconsistent with the character as she should have been grief stricken She lost something very valuable and her reaction was nowhere near strong enough This paragraph changed my entire perception of the novel because up to that point I was ready to give it four stars Moreover, I do think that certain side characters neededclosure as some of their story arcs were left too open Overall though, I did enjoy this novel The author has come with a very original idea which, when combined with her writing style, came across as quite captivating This is only her first novel and it shows It was almost brilliant, but not quite Despite the problems it had it was still very good, so I will read any future novels she may write If the ending was stronger, then my rating would be much higher So I gave this a reasonable 3 Stars Oh not sure where to begin with this one you know sometimes you read a book that just touches your heart for reasons you can t really put into words well The Gracekeepers is just such a novel, beautifully written, highly compelling with such wonderful characters and setting that you just sink into it and leave the real world behind.Where you will find yourself is within a post apocalyptic setting where most of the earth is covered with water, small pieces of land dotted around The inhabit Oh not sure where to begin with this one you know sometimes you read a book that just touches your heart for reasons you can t really put into words well The Gracekeepers is just such a novel, beautifully written, highly compelling with such wonderful characters and setting that you just sink into it and leave the real world behind.Where you will find yourself is within a post apocalyptic setting where most of the earth is covered with water, small pieces of land dotted around The inhabitants are divided into two groups those who live on the sea Damplings and those that live on the land Landlockers Through the experiences of North and Callanish and a few others this world comes to life these two are about to be brought together unexpectedly and with enigmatic consequences.I truly adored this story from the moment I picked it up The prose is so gorgeous that you can t help but savour every word The world building is absolutely amazing the author painting a vivid and colourful picture of life on the water and on the land, allowing her characters to live and breathe and tell the tale The two women, North and Callanish are simply magnificent, so utterly engaging and completely absorbing that you kind of inhale them in and feel every moment with them.The tale itself is magical and I won t give anything away this is old school storytelling at its very best, an elegant mixture of characterisation and circumstance that come together to create a simply marvellous read that will stay with you long after you have turned the last page.A book for the soul certainly a book for my soul, I am bereft now I have left it behind and this is one I will return to again and again Because it feels like there will be something new to discover each time.Highly Recommended No way on earth this is not going to be in my Top 10 for the year.Happy Reading Folks It was not okay it gets two stars because it was readable in a messy soap opera kind of way Okay, full review I don t think I ve ever read such a mess of a story And I ve read some convoluted messes.So why does the Gracekeepers gets the first place in Most Convoluted Story award Well imagine a vaguely distopyan setting in which the Planet has suffered the full consequences of global warming The level of water has risen, leaving most of Earth well, I m guessing here maybe it s so It was not okay it gets two stars because it was readable in a messy soap opera kind of way Okay, full review I don t think I ve ever read such a mess of a story And I ve read some convoluted messes.So why does the Gracekeepers gets the first place in Most Convoluted Story award Well imagine a vaguely distopyan setting in which the Planet has suffered the full consequences of global warming The level of water has risen, leaving most of Earth well, I m guessing here maybe it s some alien planet instead _ fully submerged.The world is divided between landlockers people who own land and damplings people who live on the sea , and this is where the concept starts falling apart due to its simplicity.We are told that food is scarce okay, that makes sense since there s less arable land available, but then we read that the people who live on land don t want anything to do with fish __________ You re hungry, there s food available, but hey I am going to be picky about it because water is dirty, and people who live in the water are dirty This is the explanation that is given Less due to pollution anddue to superstitions.Regarding Water the oceans have risen, so what has happened to potable water sources Because, logically, in this setting that would mean almost no potable water Strangely that is never mentioned.Of course when you think that about half is it half What is the percentage We are never told of the population that lives on boats, one has to wonder about the quality of the thing I have to mention that the boat Excalibur, with the exception of soldier ships, never ever crosses path with other ships No boat s jammings, ever Amazing SegregationIf you don t hold land, you re seen as less That is what North is She is a dampling and she lives and works on an circus.Enters the Night Circus environmentnot This doesn t have anything to do with that book Most especially it doesn t have anything to do with the images that Erin Morgenstern created.LGBT romanceWell, in fact there isn t an actual romance between our Gracekeeper and North, the girl that lives in the circus More like, they re instantly smitten when they do met there s hand holding and secrets sharing, because otherwise it would just take too bloody long , but they ll eventually meet again in the end of the book because in the meantime we ll have to be bored out of our minds by pov s of almost every single character in the book.But what is a Gracekeeper, you ask Well, a grace keeper is someone who takes care of the graces.And here, graces are birds.Basically the girl, woman we have no idea of her age, or for how long she has been a Gracekeeper kills a lot of birds, when she places then in cages, like tombstones to mark where has placed some dead person to rest And now as I think about it, I am left wondering how the cages are kept above water _ Are there poles Do they have little inflatable vests Technicalities they are a bitch.Because you know, reusable cages and all that, so the birds die of the elements and starvation Oh, and there was this little bit of information as if the birds were engineered to last a certain amount of time the time period for mourning of that person , but later on there s nothing else to clarify what type of society these people live in.Stone age meets X man As for our Grace Keeper, Callanish there s another one, but he s a drunk, and he only appears for a few pages, so who cares about the guy , well, when the story starts, I was left with the impression that she had committed some crime, and that was her punishment being a Mortician for dampling people But later on, we are told that she choose that life So, I guess anyone can volunteer not Katniss Katniss would never be such an idiot Talking about Morticians and other technicalitiesI guess Callanish has a lot of strength to dump a lot of dead bodies in the ocean, right Oh, and then there s the fact that THAT is done in the most shallow part of the ocean because IT MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO F G LOGIC CharactersWell, there s Callanish the gracekeeper, with the mysterious past.North a girl who lives on the circus Excalibur with her bear, with whom she performs The bear doesn t have a name He s her best friend, but apparently it never crossed North s mind to give him a name Here I was left thinking about Lyra from Pullman s trilogy and the relationship she had with her soul animal There s the ringmaster aka Arthur , the owner of the circus, who is married to Avalon a crazy bitch determined to incarnate all the crazy bitches from the Arthurian Legends his second wife, and there s also a son Yeah, I don t care about his name from a previous relationship The son, who is a boring as soaked bread, has a bit of Mordred in him, so you know what this meansAs for the other characters, like the clowns, they are mostly used by the author to briefly approach the issue of gender bending And I say briefly, because the way it was dealt poorly , reminded me those last episodes of Sailor Moon when some characters appear leaving us wondering if they were guys or women.What else Oh, there s women being impregnated by something with scales, but that s okay, because we should see that as a form of integration How to live both on land and on the sea Well, that s easy just go lie by some shore, and some dude scaly thing will appear and you ll be ecstatic See Who cares about consent Of course there s still some bit of xenophoby lying around, so lets say that babies born with ebbed toes and hands are usually killed on sight.As for the plot Well, as you can see there isn t one People meet and then we get their pov s about relationships or other stuff.The part that takes place in the circus setting, feels like a never ending soap opera.Avalon hates North because she s a jealous nuts, and that s it.Then there s crazy religious people Both on land as on the sea because EQUALITY.Sex traded as a bargain coin Because, why not And people having their life dream destroyed because he wouldn t be Arthur if that didn t happen in the end.Oh and they view spoiler kill the bear in the end hide spoiler Ye Gods, I have an headache.Oh, and this gets two starts because although hating it, I had to keep reading just so I could find out what other absurdity was going to show up next If you liked The Night Circus or Station Eleven then you ll probably like this I thought that it was better than both of those novels It s beautifully written and has the most eeirly evocative landscape where the earth has been flooded and all that s left are a few islands You ve got people who live on the islands, called the Landlockers, and those who live on boats on the sea, called Damplings It s about two women, one on land, one on the sea It s about bodily autonomy and a woman s right If you liked The Night Circus or Station Eleven then you ll probably like this I thought that it was better than both of those novels It s beautifully written and has the most eeirly evocative landscape where the earth has been flooded and all that s left are a few islands You ve got people who live on the islands, called the Landlockers, and those who live on boats on the sea, called Damplings It s about two women, one on land, one on the sea It s about bodily autonomy and a woman s right to make her own decisions There are some really interesting power structures within the different communities and some wonderful plays on gender At its heart though, it s a love story, and a beautiful one at that This book transports you to another world where everything is upside down Here, you live on water or on small islands Those who live on water would never want to live on land, and vice versa The circus that we follow is based on water, and it floats around to the islands in order to give performances Further, we follow the story of an islander who works as a Rester Everything is magical in this story, and it appeals very much to your imagination I liked this world building, because it This book transports you to another world where everything is upside down Here, you live on water or on small islands Those who live on water would never want to live on land, and vice versa The circus that we follow is based on water, and it floats around to the islands in order to give performances Further, we follow the story of an islander who works as a Rester Everything is magical in this story, and it appeals very much to your imagination I liked this world building, because it allowed me to escape completely from my own world and be submerged by this alternative I liked this world of floating, and I liked how Kirsty Logan described it in an understandable, however open, manner that pushed you to imagine everything in your own head That being said, I felt like this book lacked a plot Most of it is basically a description of this world as well as of the characters we meet, but it s not until halfway through the book that the actual plot starts and that plot turned out to be quite weak, in my opinion While I did admire the world building, I couldn t help but be bored with the heavy descriptions on the surroundings and the characters thoughts, and I ended up not really caring about them I recently read a short story by Kirsty Logan, The Rental Heart, which I was very impressed with This one has a lot of symbolism in it, and while reading The Gracekeepers , I tried to look for symbols maybe I just wasn t getting the bigger picture However, now after having finished the book I still haven t managed to figure out the bigger meaning of this The world was amazing, but the story in itself was uninteresting, and that s the reason for my rating I know of a lot of people who absolutely adore this story, but I personally just thought it was okay magical, but okay 3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum went into The Gracekeepers very carefully From what I d heard, it sounded a lot like the kind of literary magical realism which would require an active engagement of the reader s imagination in order to fill in the gaps, and books like this with their haunting, dreamlike style can either be a huge hit with me or it can fall flat After completing novel, I think my feelings hover somewhere in between Overall I enjoyed 3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum went into The Gracekeepers very carefully From what I d heard, it sounded a lot like the kind of literary magical realism which would require an active engagement of the reader s imagination in order to fill in the gaps, and books like this with their haunting, dreamlike style can either be a huge hit with me or it can fall flat After completing novel, I think my feelings hover somewhere in between Overall I enjoyed the story, but also felt there was a lot that kept me from connecting with it fully.To start, The Gracekeepers takes place in a world where the ocean has flooded most of the earth, so its people have learned to adapt Those who have taken to the sea and made their permanent homes aboard ships and other vessels are referred to as damplings, while those who have remained on land are known as landlockers A class disparity exists between these two groups, with damplings regarded as second class citizens and often looked upon with condescension and suspicion by thewell to do landlockers.The story focuses predominantly on two characters, North and Callanish North is a young woman who performs with her trained bear companion as part of her act with the traveling circus ship Excalibur The circus s captain and ringmaster Jarrow Red Gold Stirling has dreams for his son and North to marry and settle on land in a house he s spent his whole life saving up for, to the displeasure of Avalon, Jarrow s pregnant wife who wants that house for herself Meanwhile in another place, Callanish lives a solitary life while dutifully performing her role as a gracekeeper, an undertaker of sorts who lays the dead to rest at the bottom of the ocean Callanish and North meet in the wake of a great storm after the crew of the Excalibur is forced to make their way to the gracekeeper to seek her services, and the two are drawn to each other immediately.Kirsty Logan has created something very interesting here, as far as her world and characters go The writing style evokes an image of a gauzy shroud enveloping everything in the story with a light aura of enchantment, even though there is little to no magic involved As I had expected, a bit of imagination is required to find your way through the mist, because even though the world is fascinating, world building itself is decidedly lacking There s a positive side to this if you like getting just enough to inspire the mind, especially if you enjoy a little ambiguity and speculation For instance, could the waterworld of The Gracekeepers be our own in some distant future, or someplace else entirely What caused the divide between damplings and landlockers How did the rituals of gracekeeping first come about and what s the significance behind the use of graces, small birds that are starved to death in order to mark the end of the mourning period There are many things that don t get explained, but perhaps they don t need to be similar to the way we re content to accept folk or fairy tales as they are, because there is simply no need to question them critically And certain aspects of the narrative like Callendish s backstory are better off being vague because we already have all the information we need to know.However, while there are the bigger andgeneral mysteries that I can abide going unsolved, I still felt there were some specific details lacking that hurt the overall cohesiveness of the story There are two factions the military and the revivalists that are important to the plot of The Gracekeepers, but they felt like such a poor fit with the rest of the book because the parts they played were slapdash and written in so randomly Individuals like North and Callendish are characterized very well, but when it comes to actual character relationships, the story loses some of its magic I wasn t even that convinced of the bond between North and her bear, her best friend and companion since childhood who apparently wasn t even given a name There areexamples which I can t go into for fear of spoilers, but with regards to the writing style, it s probably safe to say that the emphasis is on atmosphere which, to the author s credit, she creates very well but there just isn t enough substance for me I would have preferredreasons to engage with the story and to see everything tie togetherneatly.Still, I would happily recommend The Gracekeepers, even if it does come with a couple caveats It s quite an ambitious novel, very well written considering how the author no doubt achieved the haunting, dreamy effect she was going for Not as solid as I d hoped, but the story is nonetheless fascinating and beautiful, walking that fine line between melancholy and optimism, and I found the characters genuinely interesting As I said when I first sampled The Gracekeepers last September, I feared, at first, that it wasn t for me that the fantastical premise was too whimsical for my tastes and that it was in danger of being too twee However, the first few chapters really surprised me I was drawn straight into its world and wanted to read on I found the characters easy to care about, and the story gave me the same cosy, magical feeling as Erin Morgenstern s The Night Circus. Unlike many readers, I enjoyed that b As I said when I first sampled The Gracekeepers last September, I feared, at first, that it wasn t for me that the fantastical premise was too whimsical for my tastes and that it was in danger of being too twee However, the first few chapters really surprised me I was drawn straight into its world and wanted to read on I found the characters easy to care about, and the story gave me the same cosy, magical feeling as Erin Morgenstern s The Night Circus. Unlike many readers, I enjoyed that book, but as others won t necessarily find the comparison flattering, I will again add that Logan is a better writer It s the atmosphere of the stories that s similar As with many good stories that appear to be whimsical, there is an undercurrent of darkness that adds spice and bite to a narrative that s often deceptively gentle.The setting is a waterlogged world in which there is a class division between landlockers, the lucky few with homes on dry land, and damplings, whose nomadic lives are spent at sea There are two main characters North, who resides on a circus boat and makes a living performing with her beloved bear, and Callanish, who lives alone on an island and works as a gracekeeper, tending the graves of those who die at sea The latter idea is expanded from a short story in Logan s debut collection, The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales. When a storm hits and tragedy strikes the Circus Excalibur, North and Callanish meet and are immediately drawn to each other The Gracekeepers becomes a story about their connection, how they are inescapably drawn back to one another, and about how each is searching, in some way, for a family, for a home, for permanence Many negative reviews are from readers frustrated that there wasn tworld building, that certain things about how this society worked weren t fully explained but I always saw it asof a dreamlike landscape, one that wasn t necessarily supposed to feel entirely real In my head, it didn t look anything like this world instead, I imagined that beyond the seascapes we heard about, the water simply poured off the edge of the earth Many reviews also assume the setting is post apocalyptic or a version of our own future, but again I saw it differently, as an alternate world or alternate history, definitely magical there s no actual magic, but you wouldn t be surprised to encounter it Pre flood society might well have been the world we know, or something very like it, but I felt that taking that for granted would reduce it to some cautionary tale about the environment, taking away all the enchantment Enchantment is a very appropriate word for The Gracekeepers, perfect for the glamour of the circus, the ethereal imagery of Callanish s island home, and the magnetic draw of the central couple s attraction.The lush language of The Gracekeepers makes it a book to be savoured slowly, and it s best when measured out in small portions If there was one thing about it I didn t like and this became particularly noticeable whenever I read a big chunk of the book in one go it was the repetition of certain words and phrases I d be quite happy to never see the word belly again in my life, and Flitch calling Callanish little fish drove me crazy though, considering the general obnoxiousness of his character, I m sure that was the point.Something a bit different for me, certainly, but a book I m really glad I persisted with, and one that created a genuinely memorable world We re all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstandingRudyard KiplingKirsty Logan, a British author, pens her new novel, The Gracekeepers which is about two individuals living, on the realm by the edge of the sea, with a hope that someday they would be able to put their feet on the mainland Synopsis As a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, sending the dead to their final resting place deep in the depths of the ocean Alone on her island, she hWe re all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstandingRudyard KiplingKirsty Logan, a British author, pens her new novel, The Gracekeepers which is about two individuals living, on the realm by the edge of the sea, with a hope that someday they would be able to put their feet on the mainland Synopsis As a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, sending the dead to their final resting place deep in the depths of the ocean Alone on her island, she has exiled herself to a life of tending watery graves as penance for a long ago mistake that still haunts her Meanwhile, North works as a circus performer with the Excalibur, a floating troupe of acrobats, clowns, dancers, and trainers who sail from one archipelago to the next, entertaining in exchange for sustenance.In a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland landlockers and those who float on the sea damplings , loneliness has become a way of life for North and Callanish, until a sudden storm offshore brings change to both their lives offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the consequences of the past, while restoring hope in an unexpected future.Inspired in part by Scottish myths and fairytales, The Gracekeepers tells a modern story of an irreparably changed world one that harbors the same isolation and sadness, but also joys and marvels of our own age Logan has divided her imaginative, highly alluring yet dangerous world into two parts landlockers and damplings Now landlockers were those who had a classy upbringing and whose ancestors had inhabited the solid and steady ground under their feet and are meant to be forever privileged where religious dogma prevailed in every fiber of each human being living on the mainland Not only that, they had the power to everything or rather say, control over every commodity Damplings are those who lead a nomadic life on the sea, and who never had a privileged lifestyle and are forced to live either by the edge of the sea or on a boat braving the storm and hard weather conditions every single day of their lives Callanish is a gracekeeper who is in charge of putting the souls of those are dead on the sea damplings to rest She lives in isolation on a lone island mainly because of a past mistake that still haunts her to this day Her graces are her only companion in her isolation, birds in cages whose life span are linked to the duration of the mourning period.North is another dampling who works as a bear girl in the Excalibur circus and circus is her only family The red faced ring master Jarrow, the leader of the circus He made it sure that North gets married to his only son, whereas Jarrow s new wife is a vile character, who would not stop at anything in ruining her son s marriage with North On the other hand, North leads a painful life keeping the islanders entertained with their extravagant and marvelous shows And when North and Callanish paths cross, they are not only drawn towards each other but are also left parted by some events while they are both trying to put their feet on the mainland by making their own lives.The author s initial world building is really rich and deep with details and layered with proper reasons This novel is a work of perfection with flawless writing style that captivates one s mind almost immediately The shifting narrative style that lets us see through the minds of various characters is kept evocative and free flowing The lyrical pace is steady since it takes time to swim deep into the depths of this story The characters from the circus have an air of engaging, unique and impressive demeanor The pain is not reflected through their voices instead they masked them with their jubilant acts that they performed Moreover, the author have strikingly painted the picture of the circus which let me see and believe like it s happening right in front of my eyes The emotions of these characters are very well portrayed and the author have kept them closer to the reality.The whole story has a fairy tale kind of feel which is not only enticing enough to keep us glued to the story, but is also an emotional journey of those who live a difficult life The author have mixed science fiction with mythology, thus resulting into The Gracekeepers which is an exquisite novel that is sure to keep you drawn into it till the very end This is a must read novel for everyone, since this author is a master story teller, and being her debut novel, she crafted it like a pro with delicacy and compassion.VerdictGrab a copy of the book now to lose yourself into Logan s charming watery world Courtesy Thanks to the author s publisher for giving me an opportunity to read and review this book

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Whelp, here is one of 3 magical fantasy realism circus type books I ve read in the past 3 months completely accidentally coincidentally I didn t know this genre was so strong.I picked up this book in Edinburgh while on vacation because the cover is lovely In England Here in the US it s kind of poopy and looks like a tampon commercial But the book is very nice and fairy tale ish, kind of Water for Chocolate meets a seafaring fantasy world There are a few women characters who are really gre Whelp, here is one of 3 magical fantasy realism circus type books I ve read in the past 3 months completely accidentally coincidentally I didn t know this genre was so strong.I picked up this book in Edinburgh while on vacation because the cover is lovely In England Here in the US it s kind of poopy and looks like a tampon commercial But the book is very nice and fairy tale ish, kind of Water for Chocolate meets a seafaring fantasy world There are a few women characters who are really great Just the names of characters alone, Avalon and Callenish, are yummy enough to make the book worth reading There s a sort of fatalistic Celtic air about the whole thing I enjoyed.If you want to read a very nice book about sea circus gypsies that is kind of depressing and uplifting and really quite artistic all at the same time, this is a good pick The Night Circus fans would like this review coming for that too This is a truly beautiful and magical novel.A flooded world, where few islands remain, and those who inhabit the land are landlockers Everyone else lives on boats and are known as damplings.North is a dampling she works as the bear girl on a circus boat known as The Excalibur The circus folk are the only family she has ever known, and she would never want to leave However, she is harbouring a secret a secret that might destroy the life she has built Callanish is a Gracekeeper She arranges This is a truly beautiful and magical novel.A flooded world, where few islands remain, and those who inhabit the land are landlockers Everyone else lives on boats and are known as damplings.North is a dampling she works as the bear girl on a circus boat known as The Excalibur The circus folk are the only family she has ever known, and she would never want to leave However, she is harbouring a secret a secret that might destroy the life she has built Callanish is a Gracekeeper She arranges mourning ceremonies for people with loved ones who have died She lives alone on her island, as a punishment for something she did long ago Kirsty Logan s writing is so lyrical, I was swept away in this magical world We see how Callanish and North meet for the first time, and then how they are constantly drawn together I loved all the different characters, particularly from the circus They were all so imaginative and sometimes quite creepy mainly the clowns and the glamours It was just a completely immersive world, and I loved spending time in it.Highly recommend Kirsty Logan has such a lovely way with words Take this description of an apple The apple was a perfect sphere, green speckled with red, shiny as a bird s eye Avalon pulled a silver knife from her dress pocket and cut the apple s softening flesh into quarters, exposing the pips tenderly Its scent exploded in the air sweetly souring, past its best but still with a sheen of juice.It made me go and eat an apple Sadly it wasn t quite as tantalizing as the description I will say that without t Kirsty Logan has such a lovely way with words Take this description of an apple The apple was a perfect sphere, green speckled with red, shiny as a bird s eye Avalon pulled a silver knife from her dress pocket and cut the apple s softening flesh into quarters, exposing the pips tenderly Its scent exploded in the air sweetly souring, past its best but still with a sheen of juice.It made me go and eat an apple Sadly it wasn t quite as tantalizing as the description I will say that without the use of such eloquent prose this novel wouldn t have been half as good The language really helped to capture the image of a magical, and mysterious, floating circus on a world that was almost entirely at sea A wonderful settingIndeed, the earth has flooded and only small isolated pockets of land remain The protagonist of this novel is called North she is a bear girl, which means she performs in the circus with her trusted companion who is a bear However, their relationship was not emphasised nowhere near enough through the novel, and at some points the bear felt like a piece of furniture in the circus The circus, called Excalibur, also stages classic acts such as clowns and acrobatics If they didn t provide such excellent entertainment then they wouldn t eat as the landowners exchange food for entertainment They are literally performing to survive.After a successful performance a storm hits them at high seas One of their valued members dies thus, the circus seeks the help of a Gracekeeper Gracekeepers put people to rest after they have dies they perform a service then sink the body to the bottom of the ocean Callinish is one such keeper and she is drawn to North When the two meet they instantly feel like family as they belong together This became the plot driver for the book and gave it a solid direction, as the two characters had to come back together Indeed, when the two parted it was evident that the novel would end with them re joining A tragically weak endingIn spite of the wonderful prose, and the exciting world the author has devised the ending, I felt, was very weak A very, very, tragic event occurs at the end of the book it should have affected the protagonist deeply, but it didn t really I think I wasbothered by it She should have been on her knees weeping Instead there is a brief moment of sadness and of acceptance This seemed inconsistent with the character as she should have been grief stricken She lost something very valuable and her reaction was nowhere near strong enough This paragraph changed my entire perception of the novel because up to that point I was ready to give it four stars Moreover, I do think that certain side characters neededclosure as some of their story arcs were left too open Overall though, I did enjoy this novel The author has come with a very original idea which, when combined with her writing style, came across as quite captivating This is only her first novel and it shows It was almost brilliant, but not quite Despite the problems it had it was still very good, so I will read any future novels she may write If the ending was stronger, then my rating would be much higher So I gave this a reasonable 3 Stars Oh not sure where to begin with this one you know sometimes you read a book that just touches your heart for reasons you can t really put into words well The Gracekeepers is just such a novel, beautifully written, highly compelling with such wonderful characters and setting that you just sink into it and leave the real world behind.Where you will find yourself is within a post apocalyptic setting where most of the earth is covered with water, small pieces of land dotted around The inhabit Oh not sure where to begin with this one you know sometimes you read a book that just touches your heart for reasons you can t really put into words well The Gracekeepers is just such a novel, beautifully written, highly compelling with such wonderful characters and setting that you just sink into it and leave the real world behind.Where you will find yourself is within a post apocalyptic setting where most of the earth is covered with water, small pieces of land dotted around The inhabitants are divided into two groups those who live on the sea Damplings and those that live on the land Landlockers Through the experiences of North and Callanish and a few others this world comes to life these two are about to be brought together unexpectedly and with enigmatic consequences.I truly adored this story from the moment I picked it up The prose is so gorgeous that you can t help but savour every word The world building is absolutely amazing the author painting a vivid and colourful picture of life on the water and on the land, allowing her characters to live and breathe and tell the tale The two women, North and Callanish are simply magnificent, so utterly engaging and completely absorbing that you kind of inhale them in and feel every moment with them.The tale itself is magical and I won t give anything away this is old school storytelling at its very best, an elegant mixture of characterisation and circumstance that come together to create a simply marvellous read that will stay with you long after you have turned the last page.A book for the soul certainly a book for my soul, I am bereft now I have left it behind and this is one I will return to again and again Because it feels like there will be something new to discover each time.Highly Recommended No way on earth this is not going to be in my Top 10 for the year.Happy Reading Folks It was not okay it gets two stars because it was readable in a messy soap opera kind of way Okay, full review I don t think I ve ever read such a mess of a story And I ve read some convoluted messes.So why does the Gracekeepers gets the first place in Most Convoluted Story award Well imagine a vaguely distopyan setting in which the Planet has suffered the full consequences of global warming The level of water has risen, leaving most of Earth well, I m guessing here maybe it s so It was not okay it gets two stars because it was readable in a messy soap opera kind of way Okay, full review I don t think I ve ever read such a mess of a story And I ve read some convoluted messes.So why does the Gracekeepers gets the first place in Most Convoluted Story award Well imagine a vaguely distopyan setting in which the Planet has suffered the full consequences of global warming The level of water has risen, leaving most of Earth well, I m guessing here maybe it s some alien planet instead _ fully submerged.The world is divided between landlockers people who own land and damplings people who live on the sea , and this is where the concept starts falling apart due to its simplicity.We are told that food is scarce okay, that makes sense since there s less arable land available, but then we read that the people who live on land don t want anything to do with fish __________ You re hungry, there s food available, but hey I am going to be picky about it because water is dirty, and people who live in the water are dirty This is the explanation that is given Less due to pollution anddue to superstitions.Regarding Water the oceans have risen, so what has happened to potable water sources Because, logically, in this setting that would mean almost no potable water Strangely that is never mentioned.Of course when you think that about half is it half What is the percentage We are never told of the population that lives on boats, one has to wonder about the quality of the thing I have to mention that the boat Excalibur, with the exception of soldier ships, never ever crosses path with other ships No boat s jammings, ever Amazing SegregationIf you don t hold land, you re seen as less That is what North is She is a dampling and she lives and works on an circus.Enters the Night Circus environmentnot This doesn t have anything to do with that book Most especially it doesn t have anything to do with the images that Erin Morgenstern created.LGBT romanceWell, in fact there isn t an actual romance between our Gracekeeper and North, the girl that lives in the circus More like, they re instantly smitten when they do met there s hand holding and secrets sharing, because otherwise it would just take too bloody long , but they ll eventually meet again in the end of the book because in the meantime we ll have to be bored out of our minds by pov s of almost every single character in the book.But what is a Gracekeeper, you ask Well, a grace keeper is someone who takes care of the graces.And here, graces are birds.Basically the girl, woman we have no idea of her age, or for how long she has been a Gracekeeper kills a lot of birds, when she places then in cages, like tombstones to mark where has placed some dead person to rest And now as I think about it, I am left wondering how the cages are kept above water _ Are there poles Do they have little inflatable vests Technicalities they are a bitch.Because you know, reusable cages and all that, so the birds die of the elements and starvation Oh, and there was this little bit of information as if the birds were engineered to last a certain amount of time the time period for mourning of that person , but later on there s nothing else to clarify what type of society these people live in.Stone age meets X man As for our Grace Keeper, Callanish there s another one, but he s a drunk, and he only appears for a few pages, so who cares about the guy , well, when the story starts, I was left with the impression that she had committed some crime, and that was her punishment being a Mortician for dampling people But later on, we are told that she choose that life So, I guess anyone can volunteer not Katniss Katniss would never be such an idiot Talking about Morticians and other technicalitiesI guess Callanish has a lot of strength to dump a lot of dead bodies in the ocean, right Oh, and then there s the fact that THAT is done in the most shallow part of the ocean because IT MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO F G LOGIC CharactersWell, there s Callanish the gracekeeper, with the mysterious past.North a girl who lives on the circus Excalibur with her bear, with whom she performs The bear doesn t have a name He s her best friend, but apparently it never crossed North s mind to give him a name Here I was left thinking about Lyra from Pullman s trilogy and the relationship she had with her soul animal There s the ringmaster aka Arthur , the owner of the circus, who is married to Avalon a crazy bitch determined to incarnate all the crazy bitches from the Arthurian Legends his second wife, and there s also a son Yeah, I don t care about his name from a previous relationship The son, who is a boring as soaked bread, has a bit of Mordred in him, so you know what this meansAs for the other characters, like the clowns, they are mostly used by the author to briefly approach the issue of gender bending And I say briefly, because the way it was dealt poorly , reminded me those last episodes of Sailor Moon when some characters appear leaving us wondering if they were guys or women.What else Oh, there s women being impregnated by something with scales, but that s okay, because we should see that as a form of integration How to live both on land and on the sea Well, that s easy just go lie by some shore, and some dude scaly thing will appear and you ll be ecstatic See Who cares about consent Of course there s still some bit of xenophoby lying around, so lets say that babies born with ebbed toes and hands are usually killed on sight.As for the plot Well, as you can see there isn t one People meet and then we get their pov s about relationships or other stuff.The part that takes place in the circus setting, feels like a never ending soap opera.Avalon hates North because she s a jealous nuts, and that s it.Then there s crazy religious people Both on land as on the sea because EQUALITY.Sex traded as a bargain coin Because, why not And people having their life dream destroyed because he wouldn t be Arthur if that didn t happen in the end.Oh and they view spoiler kill the bear in the end hide spoiler Ye Gods, I have an headache.Oh, and this gets two starts because although hating it, I had to keep reading just so I could find out what other absurdity was going to show up next If you liked The Night Circus or Station Eleven then you ll probably like this I thought that it was better than both of those novels It s beautifully written and has the most eeirly evocative landscape where the earth has been flooded and all that s left are a few islands You ve got people who live on the islands, called the Landlockers, and those who live on boats on the sea, called Damplings It s about two women, one on land, one on the sea It s about bodily autonomy and a woman s right If you liked The Night Circus or Station Eleven then you ll probably like this I thought that it was better than both of those novels It s beautifully written and has the most eeirly evocative landscape where the earth has been flooded and all that s left are a few islands You ve got people who live on the islands, called the Landlockers, and those who live on boats on the sea, called Damplings It s about two women, one on land, one on the sea It s about bodily autonomy and a woman s right to make her own decisions There are some really interesting power structures within the different communities and some wonderful plays on gender At its heart though, it s a love story, and a beautiful one at that This book transports you to another world where everything is upside down Here, you live on water or on small islands Those who live on water would never want to live on land, and vice versa The circus that we follow is based on water, and it floats around to the islands in order to give performances Further, we follow the story of an islander who works as a Rester Everything is magical in this story, and it appeals very much to your imagination I liked this world building, because it This book transports you to another world where everything is upside down Here, you live on water or on small islands Those who live on water would never want to live on land, and vice versa The circus that we follow is based on water, and it floats around to the islands in order to give performances Further, we follow the story of an islander who works as a Rester Everything is magical in this story, and it appeals very much to your imagination I liked this world building, because it allowed me to escape completely from my own world and be submerged by this alternative I liked this world of floating, and I liked how Kirsty Logan described it in an understandable, however open, manner that pushed you to imagine everything in your own head That being said, I felt like this book lacked a plot Most of it is basically a description of this world as well as of the characters we meet, but it s not until halfway through the book that the actual plot starts and that plot turned out to be quite weak, in my opinion While I did admire the world building, I couldn t help but be bored with the heavy descriptions on the surroundings and the characters thoughts, and I ended up not really caring about them I recently read a short story by Kirsty Logan, The Rental Heart, which I was very impressed with This one has a lot of symbolism in it, and while reading The Gracekeepers , I tried to look for symbols maybe I just wasn t getting the bigger picture However, now after having finished the book I still haven t managed to figure out the bigger meaning of this The world was amazing, but the story in itself was uninteresting, and that s the reason for my rating I know of a lot of people who absolutely adore this story, but I personally just thought it was okay magical, but okay 3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum went into The Gracekeepers very carefully From what I d heard, it sounded a lot like the kind of literary magical realism which would require an active engagement of the reader s imagination in order to fill in the gaps, and books like this with their haunting, dreamlike style can either be a huge hit with me or it can fall flat After completing novel, I think my feelings hover somewhere in between Overall I enjoyed 3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum went into The Gracekeepers very carefully From what I d heard, it sounded a lot like the kind of literary magical realism which would require an active engagement of the reader s imagination in order to fill in the gaps, and books like this with their haunting, dreamlike style can either be a huge hit with me or it can fall flat After completing novel, I think my feelings hover somewhere in between Overall I enjoyed the story, but also felt there was a lot that kept me from connecting with it fully.To start, The Gracekeepers takes place in a world where the ocean has flooded most of the earth, so its people have learned to adapt Those who have taken to the sea and made their permanent homes aboard ships and other vessels are referred to as damplings, while those who have remained on land are known as landlockers A class disparity exists between these two groups, with damplings regarded as second class citizens and often looked upon with condescension and suspicion by thewell to do landlockers.The story focuses predominantly on two characters, North and Callanish North is a young woman who performs with her trained bear companion as part of her act with the traveling circus ship Excalibur The circus s captain and ringmaster Jarrow Red Gold Stirling has dreams for his son and North to marry and settle on land in a house he s spent his whole life saving up for, to the displeasure of Avalon, Jarrow s pregnant wife who wants that house for herself Meanwhile in another place, Callanish lives a solitary life while dutifully performing her role as a gracekeeper, an undertaker of sorts who lays the dead to rest at the bottom of the ocean Callanish and North meet in the wake of a great storm after the crew of the Excalibur is forced to make their way to the gracekeeper to seek her services, and the two are drawn to each other immediately.Kirsty Logan has created something very interesting here, as far as her world and characters go The writing style evokes an image of a gauzy shroud enveloping everything in the story with a light aura of enchantment, even though there is little to no magic involved As I had expected, a bit of imagination is required to find your way through the mist, because even though the world is fascinating, world building itself is decidedly lacking There s a positive side to this if you like getting just enough to inspire the mind, especially if you enjoy a little ambiguity and speculation For instance, could the waterworld of The Gracekeepers be our own in some distant future, or someplace else entirely What caused the divide between damplings and landlockers How did the rituals of gracekeeping first come about and what s the significance behind the use of graces, small birds that are starved to death in order to mark the end of the mourning period There are many things that don t get explained, but perhaps they don t need to be similar to the way we re content to accept folk or fairy tales as they are, because there is simply no need to question them critically And certain aspects of the narrative like Callendish s backstory are better off being vague because we already have all the information we need to know.However, while there are the bigger andgeneral mysteries that I can abide going unsolved, I still felt there were some specific details lacking that hurt the overall cohesiveness of the story There are two factions the military and the revivalists that are important to the plot of The Gracekeepers, but they felt like such a poor fit with the rest of the book because the parts they played were slapdash and written in so randomly Individuals like North and Callendish are characterized very well, but when it comes to actual character relationships, the story loses some of its magic I wasn t even that convinced of the bond between North and her bear, her best friend and companion since childhood who apparently wasn t even given a name There areexamples which I can t go into for fear of spoilers, but with regards to the writing style, it s probably safe to say that the emphasis is on atmosphere which, to the author s credit, she creates very well but there just isn t enough substance for me I would have preferredreasons to engage with the story and to see everything tie togetherneatly.Still, I would happily recommend The Gracekeepers, even if it does come with a couple caveats It s quite an ambitious novel, very well written considering how the author no doubt achieved the haunting, dreamy effect she was going for Not as solid as I d hoped, but the story is nonetheless fascinating and beautiful, walking that fine line between melancholy and optimism, and I found the characters genuinely interesting As I said when I first sampled The Gracekeepers last September, I feared, at first, that it wasn t for me that the fantastical premise was too whimsical for my tastes and that it was in danger of being too twee However, the first few chapters really surprised me I was drawn straight into its world and wanted to read on I found the characters easy to care about, and the story gave me the same cosy, magical feeling as Erin Morgenstern s The Night Circus. Unlike many readers, I enjoyed that b As I said when I first sampled The Gracekeepers last September, I feared, at first, that it wasn t for me that the fantastical premise was too whimsical for my tastes and that it was in danger of being too twee However, the first few chapters really surprised me I was drawn straight into its world and wanted to read on I found the characters easy to care about, and the story gave me the same cosy, magical feeling as Erin Morgenstern s The Night Circus. Unlike many readers, I enjoyed that book, but as others won t necessarily find the comparison flattering, I will again add that Logan is a better writer It s the atmosphere of the stories that s similar As with many good stories that appear to be whimsical, there is an undercurrent of darkness that adds spice and bite to a narrative that s often deceptively gentle.The setting is a waterlogged world in which there is a class division between landlockers, the lucky few with homes on dry land, and damplings, whose nomadic lives are spent at sea There are two main characters North, who resides on a circus boat and makes a living performing with her beloved bear, and Callanish, who lives alone on an island and works as a gracekeeper, tending the graves of those who die at sea The latter idea is expanded from a short story in Logan s debut collection, The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales. When a storm hits and tragedy strikes the Circus Excalibur, North and Callanish meet and are immediately drawn to each other The Gracekeepers becomes a story about their connection, how they are inescapably drawn back to one another, and about how each is searching, in some way, for a family, for a home, for permanence Many negative reviews are from readers frustrated that there wasn tworld building, that certain things about how this society worked weren t fully explained but I always saw it asof a dreamlike landscape, one that wasn t necessarily supposed to feel entirely real In my head, it didn t look anything like this world instead, I imagined that beyond the seascapes we heard about, the water simply poured off the edge of the earth Many reviews also assume the setting is post apocalyptic or a version of our own future, but again I saw it differently, as an alternate world or alternate history, definitely magical there s no actual magic, but you wouldn t be surprised to encounter it Pre flood society might well have been the world we know, or something very like it, but I felt that taking that for granted would reduce it to some cautionary tale about the environment, taking away all the enchantment Enchantment is a very appropriate word for The Gracekeepers, perfect for the glamour of the circus, the ethereal imagery of Callanish s island home, and the magnetic draw of the central couple s attraction.The lush language of The Gracekeepers makes it a book to be savoured slowly, and it s best when measured out in small portions If there was one thing about it I didn t like and this became particularly noticeable whenever I read a big chunk of the book in one go it was the repetition of certain words and phrases I d be quite happy to never see the word belly again in my life, and Flitch calling Callanish little fish drove me crazy though, considering the general obnoxiousness of his character, I m sure that was the point.Something a bit different for me, certainly, but a book I m really glad I persisted with, and one that created a genuinely memorable world We re all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstandingRudyard KiplingKirsty Logan, a British author, pens her new novel, The Gracekeepers which is about two individuals living, on the realm by the edge of the sea, with a hope that someday they would be able to put their feet on the mainland Synopsis As a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, sending the dead to their final resting place deep in the depths of the ocean Alone on her island, she hWe re all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstandingRudyard KiplingKirsty Logan, a British author, pens her new novel, The Gracekeepers which is about two individuals living, on the realm by the edge of the sea, with a hope that someday they would be able to put their feet on the mainland Synopsis As a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, sending the dead to their final resting place deep in the depths of the ocean Alone on her island, she has exiled herself to a life of tending watery graves as penance for a long ago mistake that still haunts her Meanwhile, North works as a circus performer with the Excalibur, a floating troupe of acrobats, clowns, dancers, and trainers who sail from one archipelago to the next, entertaining in exchange for sustenance.In a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland landlockers and those who float on the sea damplings , loneliness has become a way of life for North and Callanish, until a sudden storm offshore brings change to both their lives offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the consequences of the past, while restoring hope in an unexpected future.Inspired in part by Scottish myths and fairytales, The Gracekeepers tells a modern story of an irreparably changed world one that harbors the same isolation and sadness, but also joys and marvels of our own age Logan has divided her imaginative, highly alluring yet dangerous world into two parts landlockers and damplings Now landlockers were those who had a classy upbringing and whose ancestors had inhabited the solid and steady ground under their feet and are meant to be forever privileged where religious dogma prevailed in every fiber of each human being living on the mainland Not only that, they had the power to everything or rather say, control over every commodity Damplings are those who lead a nomadic life on the sea, and who never had a privileged lifestyle and are forced to live either by the edge of the sea or on a boat braving the storm and hard weather conditions every single day of their lives Callanish is a gracekeeper who is in charge of putting the souls of those are dead on the sea damplings to rest She lives in isolation on a lone island mainly because of a past mistake that still haunts her to this day Her graces are her only companion in her isolation, birds in cages whose life span are linked to the duration of the mourning period.North is another dampling who works as a bear girl in the Excalibur circus and circus is her only family The red faced ring master Jarrow, the leader of the circus He made it sure that North gets married to his only son, whereas Jarrow s new wife is a vile character, who would not stop at anything in ruining her son s marriage with North On the other hand, North leads a painful life keeping the islanders entertained with their extravagant and marvelous shows And when North and Callanish paths cross, they are not only drawn towards each other but are also left parted by some events while they are both trying to put their feet on the mainland by making their own lives.The author s initial world building is really rich and deep with details and layered with proper reasons This novel is a work of perfection with flawless writing style that captivates one s mind almost immediately The shifting narrative style that lets us see through the minds of various characters is kept evocative and free flowing The lyrical pace is steady since it takes time to swim deep into the depths of this story The characters from the circus have an air of engaging, unique and impressive demeanor The pain is not reflected through their voices instead they masked them with their jubilant acts that they performed Moreover, the author have strikingly painted the picture of the circus which let me see and believe like it s happening right in front of my eyes The emotions of these characters are very well portrayed and the author have kept them closer to the reality.The whole story has a fairy tale kind of feel which is not only enticing enough to keep us glued to the story, but is also an emotional journey of those who live a difficult life The author have mixed science fiction with mythology, thus resulting into The Gracekeepers which is an exquisite novel that is sure to keep you drawn into it till the very end This is a must read novel for everyone, since this author is a master story teller, and being her debut novel, she crafted it like a pro with delicacy and compassion.VerdictGrab a copy of the book now to lose yourself into Logan s charming watery world Courtesy Thanks to the author s publisher for giving me an opportunity to read and review this book "/>
  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • The Gracekeepers
  • Kirsty Logan
  • English
  • 02 July 2018
  • 0553446614