The Gracekeepers - Kirsty Logan | Book Review

Monday, 13 June 2016

Rating: 3.5/5

"As a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, sending 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. Meanwhile, 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 offshore brings change to both their lives--offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the consequences of the past, while restoring hope in an unexpected future"

Firstly, this book turned out much differently that to how I expected, but in a good way. The Gracekeepers follows the lives, mainly of North and Callanish, as well as others that the two characters encounter; for example Callanish's mother and North's crew members. A book similar to this is Erin Morgernstern's 'The Night Circus', which is also mentioned at the back of the book for further reading. I really enjoyed the magical/circus genre and was intrigued when this book took that genre into the sea and in 'another world'. Sadly, this book includes less magic and more realism (kind of) but in my opinion is still a very interesting and gripping read!

I loved how vivid and well drawn out this world is! We are not too sure of what time period this is set in but from a few hints in the text, I think it's futuristic as the characters speak of 'lost cities beneath the sea', so perhaps Logan is playing on the fear of global warming?

In this world, people are divided into two groups, damplings and landlockers. Damplings are people who choose to live at sea, often seen as rebellious and dangerous, whilst the landlockers worship land and the gods that come with it; conservative and aggressively loyal to their land.

Another thing I really enjoyed about this book was the friendship, loyalty and unwavering trust of North and Callanish, not just between them , but others for others around them too. It's a tale of trusting your instincts and standing on your own two feet, whether its at sea or on land.

I fell like Logan could have expanded much more on the world of this book, but then again, I shoudn't think she would have wanted to stray away from the story that much. If this book was a series, then I could have seen her detailing more of what became of the world, which would be insane; I am definitely interested in reading more of this world; although the book did have a solid ending, so sadly I don't think there will be another :(

Let me know if you have read this book, I would love to know what you thought of it!

Love, K :)

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