The Austins

Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley

I read this book ages ago, but I just couldn’t skip over posting about it, even if it’s going to be one of the shortest posts ever written.

This book is a fantasy based around the four Bronte children – Charlotte, Emily, Anne and their less well known brother Branwell. It takes place when the siblings are teenagers, living with their father in his country parsonage and generally unsure about the adulthood that they know they’ll have to face eventually. But, the siblings have a secret – they are able to visit the imaginary worlds they write about.

There is so much I love about this book, but to simplify, here’s my top three.

      1. The research. The author, Lena Coakly read everything the Bronte siblings ever wrote and drew heavily on their works when she was developing their characters and the worlds they created. She even goes as far as borrowing names of fictional characters from the Brontes’ writing for her own. And she does a great job of connecting the girls to the novels they’ll write one day, the ones we read and love now.
      2. The creepiness. The Bronte’s work all has a sort of eeriness to it (wife locked in the attic and all) but this book takes that and takes it the stuff of nightmares. I don’t really like horror as a genre but I have to admit, I really enjoyed a touch of it in this book.
      3. The heartbreaking ending that foreshadows the lives of the Bronte siblings in real life. I’d love to talk about how great it is, but I really think you should read it yourself and I don’t want to spoil it.

So happy reading!

Last movie I watched:

It’s been ages. I really have no idea.

Last TV show I watched:

Marco Polo. Objectively a bad show, but a guilty pleasure of mine

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