Friday 24 September 2021

Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley

Format; 342 pages, Hardcover

Published: January 5, 2016 by HarperCollins Canada

YA Historical fiction


The Bronte kids juvenilia did feel juvenile. It was a good read for the moment, fast and easy, but at the same time I was not impressed.

The Bronte siblings writes stories, and then actually visit that world.

And fall in love with characters, and mourn lost siblings, and well we never really see anything except their one room and their world that is not fleshed out.

But hey, fast read, I like that. Good for the moment. Though not something I would recommend. I know, weirdly conflicting

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.


  1. So is it a fantasy book? I mean, are they really transporting to those worlds? Or is it one of those "in their minds?"

    1. They are in England, they are transported into their own stories and can watch events

  2. For what it was, it sounds like you enjoyed it for the most part so that's a plus.

    1. Good, but still maybe not one for everyone

  3. Replies
    1. It was interesting, but yeah flesh it out more

  4. Sounds like a good idea. Too bad it wasn't more impressive. :/

  5. Replies
    1. Even if I do not rec them they are great to read



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