Worlds Of Ink And Shadow by Lena CoakleyWorlds Of Ink And Shadow by Lena Coakley

Worlds Of Ink And Shadow

byLena Coakley

Hardcover | November 15, 2018

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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 descend 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’ own juvenilia, Worlds of Ink & Shadow brings to life one of history’s most celebrated literary families in a thrilling, suspenseful fantasy.

Title:Worlds Of Ink And ShadowFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.13 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 1.13 inPublished:November 15, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443416592

ISBN - 13:9781443416597


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Mysterious Took me about 150 pages to get into this one, but once I was there, I was hooked on the spooky mystery. Perfect read for Ocober nights.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good Really good, well paced story.
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The storytelling was element was brilliant 1. The fictional but plausible life of the Bronte Siblings . I am sure almost every bookworm has heard about the Bronte sisters, the famous writers of Jane Eyre? Withering Heights? sound familiar? Exactly. The idea that Lena Coakley spun real life events and twisted them into making it suit this fictional read was astounding. We read about characters and settings in which the Bronte siblings dreamed up, but they had a little bit of personalty from Coakley's writing. In fact even at the end of the book there's a little bit more factual information about the Bronte's and there life span, and it was super cool to see how Coakley incorporated that into her writing and punishment or Sacrifice for Charlotte. Also by reading this book it made me want to read more about the Bronte's as well. 2. The idea of Writing and having it physically take you to your fictional place. Charlotte and Branwell Bronte were exceptional talented writers in this story. Once they got lost in there own writing they could open doorways to there own fictional world. A place perfectly crafted to fit each of the siblings needs and desires. I fell in love with this aspect of the book. It was unique to see the characters get transported into their fictional worlds, and not just mentally, but physically.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Creative! This historical fantasy about the Bronte siblings was a creative and fun read. Given the subject matter, I wish it had been a bit darker and more gothic in feel. Still, it was enjoyable and I read it over 3 days - so it definitely was engaging.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So awesome! Eerie and compelling -- and the fact that this was inspired by the Bronte siblings' actual stories about imaginary worlds makes it all the more interesting. I haven't read many books by the Brontes, but that is going to change.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Atmospheric Worlds of Ink and Shadow is a wonderfully imaginative mix of fact and fiction about the Brontë siblings. I am a big fan of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, but I knew very little about the authors or their lives. In the story, the siblings are able to physically enter the worlds of their own creation. Unfortunately, to do this there is a price that must be paid. This is a beautifully rendered & highly atmospheric novel. The intricate details and family dynamics make it compulsively readable. Coakley writes with such passion and knowledge, you can feel the love she has for her subjects. The book really brings these literary figures to life. I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or fantasy, even if you are not a fan of the Brontës. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Lyrical Writing, but at Times Difficult to Follow Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. As someone who grew up hearing about the Brontes from my grandmother, I was really excited to read this book. The book delves into the lives of the Brontes siblings and I thought it would give me more insight into the family and facts about them I didn't know. While this didn't happen ( I was already aware of much of their pasts), I was blown away by the beautiful writing in the book. The book jumps from reality (historical) to the Brontes' fantasy worlds they were creating. I found it difficult to follow because I would become confused as I was reading about whether I was in the fantasy realm or reality, but once I read it over again, I completely understood and could pick out which world I was visiting at a given time. I loved how I could pick out themes from their works like Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights from their fantasy worlds. I would recommend this for a person who enjoys historical fiction and fantasy as Lena Coakley does a great job of blending both.
Date published: 2016-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly Recommend This One Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was really excited to sign up for this tour and be able to read and review this book because I love the Brontës. I don't have an intimate knowledge of their lives, but I know enough that even without the author's note at the end, I knew what was happening. Although, I would suggest reading that first if you are unsure about the lives of the Brontës because it gives you just that much more information to make some of the details fall into place throughout the novel. I liked the characterization of the sisters and Branwell. They all felt like individuals and I could tell the difference between the different points of view and chapters even without the headings to tell me whose perspective we were falling into. I felt the most connection to Anne but I thought Emily was really well written too. I particularly liked her in the chapters she was in Verdopolis at the end. I very much enjoyed those. I thought that the best parts of this novel were when we were in Verdopolis or when Charlotte and Branwell were discussing their world. Everything else moved a bit too slowly and didn't add much for me. The magical realism of this novel was so well developed that the actual "real" parts were dull and lifeless. I think if more of the novel had taken place in Verdopolis, I would have enjoyed it even more. I recommend this one, especially if you are a fan of the Brontës. I think it does the whole "this is what we know to have happened" and "this could have happened" overlap very well and I quite enjoyed the magical realism aspects.
Date published: 2016-02-05

Editorial Reviews

“An ingenious premise and a richly drawn cast of characters make for an eerie and compelling read in this fantastical origin story of the Brontë siblings.”