[finnish literature Books] Ebook The Gracekeepers AUTHOR Kirsty Logan

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Le 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. 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 behindWhere 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 conseuencesI 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 themThe 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 pageA 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 timeHighly Recommended No way on earth this is not going to be in my Top 10 for the yearHappy Reading Folks

CHARACTERS The Gracekeepers

The Gracekeepers

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 Meanwhi. Whelp here is one of 3 magicalfantasyrealism circus type books I ve read in the past 3 months completely accidentally coincidentally I didn t know this genre was so strongI 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 enjoyedIf you want to read a very nice book about sea circus gypsies that is kind of depressing and uplifting and really uite artistic all at the same time this is a good pick The Night Circus fans would like this review coming for that too

SUMMARY ✓ WIKIWEBDIR.CO.UK ☆ Kirsty Logan

Offshore brings change to both their lives offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the conseuences 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 ag. 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 gentleThe 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 t world building that certain things about how this society worked weren t fully explained but I always saw it as of 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 attractionThe 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 uite 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 pointSomething a bit different for me certainly but a book I m really glad I persisted with and one that created a genuinely memorable world


10 thoughts on “The Gracekeepers

  1. says:

    Whelp here is one of 3 magicalfantasyrealism circus type books I've read in the past 3 months completely accidentally coincidentally I didn't know this genre was so strongI 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 a

  2. says:

    This is a truly beautiful and magical novelA flooded world where few islands remain and those who inhabit the land are landlockers Everyone else lives on boats and are known as damplingsNorth is a dampling she w

  3. says:

    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 uarters exposing the pips tenderly Its scent exploded in the air sweetly souring past its

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    If you liked The Night Circus or Station Eleven then you’ll probably like this I thought that it was better tha

  7. says:

    35 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum went into The Gracekeepers very carefully From what I’d heard it sounded a lot like the kind o

  8. says:

    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 wo

  9. says:

    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 re

  10. says:

    “We're all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding” Rudyard KiplingKirsty Logan a British author pens

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