Worlds of Ink and Shadow Review

worlds of ink and shadow

World of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley

Title: Worlds of Ink and Shadow

Author: Lena Coakley

Song: Classical Radio on Apple Music

Published: January 5, 2016               # of Pages: 342

Date Started: February 19, 2016      Date Ended: February 29, 2016

Category: Fiction, Historical

Rating: ♥♥♥♥{4.5}


“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.”


{4.5 stars}

I received this book in the January Owlcrate box! And I couldn’t have been more excited for it! It’s a retelling in a way about the Brontë siblings. And just the idea of it was intriguing. It’s about how these siblings are able to create worlds from their stories. It was so cool, and I couldn’t put it down!

The plot of this book was very unique. Sure it could have been a bit more in the beginning but I guess that’s the way the author decided to do it. Which I understand completely, since most of the action happened in the second half of the book. Aka the Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Conclusion. Well, some of the rising action. The second half of it I’d say. It was fast pace and exciting to read. Oh that climax hit me hard in the feels. Especially the falling action and conclusion. I was in tears because of it honestly. It was just so good! I really did feel for Emily though at the end. Along with Charlotte. And Branwell. Oh and Anne! All of the siblings really. That’s how good it was. Ugh the FEELS PEOPLE! The FEELS.

The characters where absolutely fantastic. Our two main characters where, Charlotte Brontë, and Branwell Brontë. The two creators of the story in a way. {wink wink nudge nudge} not in the bad sick minded way people! The slightly less main characters where Anne and Emily Brontë. Charlottes and Branwells younger siblings. All four of them where very important to the book itself. Since without them, there wouldn’t really be a story… Just saying. I loved the way they where. Their characteristics where different and unique. Each sibling carrying a different mask in a way. A different identity they showed the people they cared about. But never truly to themselves. It was wonderful to read about. Especially the sibling rivalry from time to time was quite enjoyable. Then we had our supporting characters, minor characters if you will. Zamorna, Charlottes character. Rogue, Branwells character/Emily’s small crush maybe? I don’t know you’ll have to read it to find out. Mary Henrietta, Charlottes other character who was married to Zamorna. And Old Tom, who you’ll find out about once you read the book. Along with many others! These characters were all fantastic and I just loved all of their character development. Their ups and downs. Their pain, and sorrows. Amongst other things that is. They where absolutely fantastic!

Overall, it was so amazing being able to read this unique version of the Brontë siblings. And I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Except maybe a little bit more detail in the opening. If the opening hadn’t been boring it would have been a 5 star read honestly. But still! I loved the concept of the entire story and the ideas that came with it. It was all precise and fun and just a really good read.

Congratulations Lena Coakley on a absolutely out of the book story! I look forward to reading more of your stories in the future.


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