Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The Brontë siblings find escape from their constrained lives via their rich imaginations. The glittering world of Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy world of Gondal literally come to life under their pens, offering the sort of romance and intrigue missing from their isolated parsonage home. 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 the characters they have created—the brooding Rogue and dashing Duke of Zamorna—refuse to let them go.
Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley is a historical fiction/fantasy novel about the Brontes children during their childhood years. Ms. Coakley based the story on many true facts from the Bronte's lives while weaving an ingenious and fantastical tale that just blew me away!
I had a very hard time putting Worlds of Ink and Shadows down once I started reading it. When life demanded that I do so, the story stayed with me and my mind was full of the plot, characters and imagining what surprises each new page might bring.
The complexity and depth of the plot and characters was a breath of fresh air. I'm still trying to make sense of the jumble of emotions this book inspired me to feel. I found it to be captivating, enigmatic, passionate, tragic, suspenseful, mysterious, imaginative, inspired, fantastical.
I can't quite say this book was a joy to read ~ the story was a bit too dark to make it a joyous one but I am so glad I had the chance to read it. Worlds of Ink and Shadow by far is one of the best books I have read this year!
Many thanks to Abrams Kids/Amulet Books and Netgalley for the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review.