Genres: Young Adult
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Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The Bront├½ 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 charactersÔÇöthe brooding Rogue and dashing Duke of ZamornaÔÇörefuse to let them go.
Gorgeously written and based on the Bront├½sÔÇÖ juvenilia, Worlds of Ink & Shadow brings to life one of historyÔÇÖs most celebrated literary families.
“Worlds of Ink and Shadow” by Lena Coakley is yet another book I would have never known about without the Owlcrate box. And it would have been a shame to miss out on this read.
I love anything to do with the Bronte siblings, so this book was right up my alley. What made it even more intriguing was the mix between facts, fiction and fantasy.
The plot and premise were truly original and kept me hooked throughout.
The story follows the four Bronte siblings, Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell as they delve into their imagination and creativity. It starts with Charlotte and Branwell writing stories that come to life and transport them into their imaginary worlds. Worlds that are full of drama, love, danger and prosperity. So different to the life they lead at home as children of a pastor in a home with no luxuries, riches and no passionate romances.
Soon, Emily joins them in their adventures without them even knowing and with her involvement she starts a chain of events that could potentially lead to the destruction of the worlds they created as well as affect their life in the real world.
The stories the Bronte siblings create are captivating and engaging and a perfect mirror of their personalities. Though part of it is fiction, it fits with the things we know about them and makes them more relatable. “Worlds of Ink and Shadow” makes them come to life in a very original way, allowing the reader to get closer to people we only know from history books.
And to no surprise, this book has proven again why Emily Bronte was always my favorite of the siblings.
Not least because she hijacks one of Branwell’s characters and makes him into one who stole my heart.
I loved how each of the siblings had their own very strong personality. There wasn’t just friendship and love between the four of them. Instead, there was jealousy and animosity and a lack of understanding. But when it came down to it, they had each others back.
The author didn’t shy away to show less favorable character traits of the siblings, which made them more human and less idolized.
The creative twist to explain the early death of three of the Brontes made me giddy in its originality. It was such an well-thought out idea. The whole story was and the writing style was really amazing.
I’ve enjoyed this book a lot and will definitely look at other books by this author.
4 I-wish-I-could-go-to-the-Bronte-moors stars.
~Review by Paula