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Summary 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. 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 best but still with a sheen of juiceIt made me go and eat an apple Sadly it wasn t uite as tantalizing as the description I will say that without the use of such elouent prose this novel wouldn t have been half as good The language really helped to capture the image of a magical and mysterious floating circus on a world that was almost entirely at sea A wonderful settingIndeed the earth has flooded and only small isolated pockets of land remain The protagonist of this novel is called North she is a bear girl which means she performs in the circus with her trusted companion who is a bear However their relationship was not emphasised nowhere near enough through the novel and at some points the bear felt like a piece of furniture in the circus The circus called Excalibur also stages classic acts such as clowns and acrobatics If they didn t provide such excellent entertainment then they wouldn t eat as the landowners exchange food for entertainment They are literally performing to surviveAfter a successful performance a storm hits them at high seas One of their valued members dies thus the circus seeks the help of a Gracekeeper Gracekeepers put people to rest after they have dies they perform a service then sink the body to the bottom of the ocean Callinish is one such keeper and she is drawn to North When the two meet they instantly feel like family as they belong together This became the plot driver for the book and gave it a solid direction as the two characters had to come back together Indeed when the two parted it was evident that the novel would end with them re joining A tragically weak endingIn spite of the wonderful prose and the exciting world the author has devised the ending I felt was very weak A very very tragic event occurs at the end of the book it should have affected the protagonist deeply but it didn t really I think I was bothered by it She should have been on her knees weeping Instead there is a brief moment of sadness and of acceptance This seemed inconsistent with the character as she should have been grief stricken She lost something very valuable and her reaction was nowhere near strong enough This paragraph changed my entire perception of the novel because up to that point I was ready to give it four stars Moreover I do think that certain side characters needed closure as some of their story arcs were left too open Overall though I did enjoy this novel The author has come with a very original idea which when combined with her writing style came across as uite captivating This is only her first novel and it shows It was almost brilliant but not uite Despite the problems it had it was still very good so I will read any future novels she may write If the ending was stronger then my rating would be much higher So I gave this a reasonable 3 Stars

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The Gracekeepers

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. 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 would never want to live on land and vice versa The circus that we follow is based on water and it floats around to the islands in order to give performances Further we follow the story of an islander who works as a Rester Everything is magical in this story and it appeals very much to your imagination I liked this world building because it allowed me to escape completely from my own world and be submerged by this alternative I liked this world of floating and I liked how Kirsty Logan described it in an understandable however open manner that pushed you to imagine everything in your own head That being said I felt like this book lacked a plot Most of it is basically a description of this world as well as of the characters we meet but it s not until halfway through the book that the actual plot starts and that plot turned out to be uite weak in my opinion While I did admire the world building I couldn t help but be bored with the heavy descriptions on the surroundings and the characters thoughts and I ended up not really caring about them I recently read a short story by Kirsty Logan The Rental Heart which I was very impressed with This one has a lot of symbolism in it and while reading The Gracekeepers I tried to look for symbols maybe I just wasn t getting the bigger picture However now after having finished the book I still haven t managed to figure out the bigger meaning of this The world was amazing but the story in itself was uninteresting and that s the reason for my rating I know of a lot of people who absolutely adore this story but I personally just thought it was okay magical but okay

Kirsty Logan é 0 Summary

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


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 w

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    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 works as the bear girl o

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    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 beauti

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    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 read such a mess of a story And I've read some convoluted messesSo why does the Gracekeepe

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    If you liked The Night Circus or Station Eleven then you’ll probably like this I thought that it was better than both of those novels It’s b

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

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    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 would never want to live on land and vice versa The circus that we follow is base

  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 real

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    “We're all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding” Rudyard KiplingKirsty Logan a British author pens her new novel The Gracekeepers which is about two individuals living on the realm by the edge of the sea with a hope that someday they would be able to put their feet on the mainland Synopsis As a Gracekeeper C