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09 May 2015

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan

A book review


This is a review copy I received from Edelweiss for honest feedback.

I decided to limit my ARC request to only those books that make me eager to read them and not just to find what to read. This was the case with The Gracekeepers. Loved the summary and it was compared to The Night Circus and The Age of Miracles. Both books I love. I was searching for new contemporary magical realism books when I found this one. After a week or two I had it approved for a review. YAY! So here it is!

The Gracekeepers is one of those mystical and beautiful novels which transport you into another kind of world. The oceans have devoured the earth, leaving groups of islands around the world to fend for themselves. People divided in land and sea. Trees are sacred, wood is the new high currency and mammals as well as crops of any kind are in high demand and only available to a lucky few. Such as North's bear, one of the main characters.

Callanish, a land girl in charge of resting the dead, meets North, a sea girl with a bear. Is hard to write a review without going into spoilers. So let me just say this, it is worth it. The world is beautifully constructed and the characters are deep. There is no real bad or good guy. They are are survivors in a world that is hard to live in. And they all want one thing, love. In any possible, horrible, beautiful and surreal way.

At first I though it was just Callanish and North's voices. But then we started to read short chapters on other secondary characters, which made the story more interesting and added extra dept. You can compare it to the Night Circus's prose on wonderful things, but then with a touch of -Station Eleven's hope for a different future and adaptation- approach. It has a charm of it's own. It talks about love and family and home, and how we can build it, instead of waiting for someone to do it for us. And how we can adapt to an ever changing earth which is the only home we will ever have.

My final thought: if she is back at her graceyard, then wouldn't the messenger ever go back to her? I really felt he loved her truly. These kind of stories go on in your heart after you turn the last page.

"You're right, but you're wrong. We don't belong anywhere, because we belong everywhere."
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