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Mini Review: Worlds of Ink and Shadow (Lena Coakley)

Worlds of Ink and ShadowCharlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The Brontë siblings have always been close. After all, nothing can unite four siblings quite like life in an isolated parsonage on the moors. Their vivid imaginations lend them escape from their strict, spartan 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.

This book had a really slow start. I almost gave up on it in fact. But I pushed through and ended up with a story that was rather fun to be part of.

Worlds of Ink and Shadow has an Inkheart feel to it. Characters from stories come to life both inside and outside of the fictitious settings. But there is a certain twist for sure. I enjoyed the folklore elements the story developed as the plot progressed. I also really enjoyed the characters, even if I felt some of them were a bit bland.

I think it's really hard to write a story with multiple main characters and give them each enough qualities that make them stand out individually. I have to admit, I do not know much about the Bronte siblings' personal lives, so I really can't say how accurate any of the character traits are. The synopsis hints at Branwell's madness, but you don't get a prolonged glimpse into that in the novel. Sure, there are certain events that contribute to his cloudy thinking occasionally, but it is short lived. For me, the depth was missing (and this is just one example).

I do, however, enjoy the writing. It was modern enough to keep it from feeling stilted, but still maintained elements of the time period to make it believable. I would recommend this one for any fans of the Inkheart series for sure. 


  1. I hadn't heard of this one before, but I think I will definitely picking it up at some point, now. Great review!


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