Monday, 18 January 2016

Review: Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley

Worlds of Ink and Shadow
by Lena Coakley
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada
Release Date: January 5th, 2016
Purchase: [Chapters/Indigo] [Amazon]
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.

"Charlotte Bronte dipped her pen into the inkwell and dabbed it on a blotter. For a long moment she held it over the blank page, waiting. She was writing the final scene of a story, and she wanted it to be ... transcendent."

As a big fan of Lena Coakley's Withlanders, I was ecstatic at the news of Worlds of Ink and Shadow, a fantasy novel focusing on the Brontes. As a lover of books, the Bronte's have always been my go-to authors when stuck in a reading rut. Their titles have always inspired me to be creative, imaginative, and inquisitive. With that said. Lena's latest was an absolute must-read for yours truly. I was excited to learn how Lena would portray literature's most renowned classic authors and how she'd spin the fantasy aspect on her intended tale.

"It might have been the rain. It droned against the roof above him, against the window glass, sometimes harder, sometimes softer. Like breathing. In, out. In, out. Branwell glanced at his reflection in the mirror propped against the chair, then lifted his paintbrush. In, out."

Worlds of Ink and Shadow was intriguing, compelling, and extraordinary. Lena's way with words and creating a scene truly brought this tale to life. Reading about the Bronte's from Lena's otherworldly POV and experiencing all her unique thrilling and suspenseful twists were a glorious breath of fresh air. Readers who have enjoyed ANY Bronte title in the past absolutely must give Lena Coakley's latest a read. Worlds of Ink and Shadow will surprise you and keep you on your toes from beginning to end.

4 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. Thank you for taking the time to review World of Ink and Shadow
    I haven't read Witchlanders yet but I'm looking into it now

  2. This cover is gorgeous! I am most def. not a fan of the US cover

  3. Excellent review Cupcake Queen

  4. I haven't read Witchlanders, only because I hadn't heard of it prior to Worlds, but I do know that I enjoyed Worlds a lot! I didn't expect to love it but Lena is great with words, just like you said.

  5. Sounds great Wendy!

  6. Thanks as always, Wendy. I was anticipating your opinion on Worlds.

  7. Forgot to leave a comment! This story sounds amazing and I added it to my wishlist.