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The Gracekeepers

Le 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. It was not okay it gets two stars because it was readable in a messy soap opera kind of way Okay full review I don t think I ve ever read such a mess of a story And I ve read some convoluted messesSo why does the Gracekeepers gets the first place in Most Convoluted Story awardWell imagine a vaguely distopyan setting in which the Planet has suffered the full conseuences of global warming The level of water has risen leaving most of Earth well I m guessing here maybe it s some alien planet instead fully submergedThe world is divided between landlockers people who own land and damplings people who live on the sea and this is where the concept starts falling apart due to its simplicityWe are told that food is scarce okay that makes sense since there s less arable land available but then we read that the people who live on land don t want anything to do with fish You re hungry there s food available but hey I am going to be picky about it because water is dirty and people who live in the water are dirty This is the explanation that is given Less due to pollution and due to superstitionsRegarding Water the oceans have risen so what has happened to potable water sourcesBecause logically in this setting that would mean almost no potable water Strangely that is never mentionedOf course when you think that about half is it half What is the percentage We are never told of the population that lives on boats one has to wonder about the uality of the thingI have to mention that the boat Excalibur with the exception of soldier ships never ever crosses path with other ships No boat s jammings ever AmazingSegregationIf you don t hold land you re seen as less That is what North is She is a dampling and she lives and works on an circusEnters the Night Circus environmentnot This doesn t have anything to do with that book Most especially it doesn t have anything to do with the images that Erin Morgenstern createdLGBT romanceWell in fact there isn t an actual romance between our Gracekeeper and North the girl that lives in the circus More like they re instantly smitten when they do met there s hand holding and secrets sharing because otherwise it would just take too bloody long but they ll eventually meet again in the end of the book because in the meantime we ll have to be bored out of our minds by pov s of almost every single character in the bookBut what is a Gracekeeper you askWell a grace keeper is someone who takes care of the gracesAnd here graces are birdsBasically the girl woman we have no idea of her age or for how long she has been a Gracekeeper kills a lot of birds when she places then in cages like tombstones to mark where has placed some dead person to rest And now as I think about it I am left wondering how the cages are kept above water Are there poles Do they have little inflatable vestsTechnicalities they are a bitchBecause you know reusable cages and all that so the birds die of the elements and starvation Oh and there was this little bit of information as if the birds were engineered to last a certain amount of time the time period for mourning of that person but later on there s nothing else to clarify what type of society these people live inStone age meets X manAs for our Grace Keeper Callanish there s another one but he s a drunk and he only appears for a few pages so who cares about the guy well when the story starts I was left with the impression that she had committed some crime and that was her punishment being a Mortician for dampling people But later on we are told that she choose that life So I guess anyone can volunteernot Katniss Katniss would never be such an idiotTalking about Morticians and other technicalitiesI guess Callanish has a lot of strength to dump a lot of dead bodies in the ocean right Oh and then there s the fact that THAT is done in the most shallow part of the ocean because IT MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO FG LOGICCharactersWell there s Callanish the gracekeeper with the mysterious pastNorth a girl who lives on the circus Excalibur with her bear with whom she performs The bear doesn t have a name He s her best friend but apparently it never crossed North s mind to give him a name Here I was left thinking about Lyra from Pullman s trilogy and the relationship she had with her soul animalThere s the ringmaster aka Arthur the owner of the circus who is married to Avalon a crazy bitch determined to incarnate all the crazy bitches from the Arthurian Legends his second wife and there s also a son Yeah I don t care about his name from a previous relationship The son who is a boring as soaked bread has a bit of Mordred in him so you know what this meansAs for the other characters like the clowns they are mostly used by the author to briefly approach the issue of gender bending And I say briefly because the way it was dealt poorly reminded me those last episodes of Sailor Moon when some characters appear leaving us wondering if they were guys or womenWhat elseOh there s women being impregnated by something with scales but that s okay because we should see that as a form of integration How to live both on land and on the seaWell that s easy just go lie by some shore and some dudescaly thing will appear and you ll be ecstatic See Who cares about consentOf course there s still some bit of xenophoby lying around so lets say that babies born with ebbed toes and hands are usually killed on sightAs for the plotWell as you can see there isn t one People meet and then we get their pov s about relationships or other stuffThe part that takes place in the circus setting feels like a never ending soap operaAvalon hates North because she s a jealous nuts and that s itThen there s crazy religious people Both on land as on the sea because EUALITYSex traded as a bargain coin Because why notAnd people having their life dream destroyed because he wouldn t be Arthur if that didn t happen in the endOh and they view spoilerkill the bear in the end hide spoiler Blackmailed Into the Greek Tycoons Bed (International Billionaires, you don t hold land Her Husbands Christmas Bargain you re seen as less That is what North is She is a dampling and she lives and works on an circusEnters the Night Circus environmentnot This doesn t have anything to do with that book Most especially it doesn t have anything to do with the images that Erin Morgenstern createdLGBT romanceWell in fact there isn t an actual romance between our Gracekeeper and North the girl that lives in the circus More like they re instantly smitten when they do met there s hand holding and secrets sharing because otherwise it would just take too bloody long but they ll eventually meet again in the end of the book because in the meantime we ll have to be bored out of our minds by pov s of almost every single character in the bookBut what is a Gracekeeper The Geography of Witchcraft you askWell a grace keeper is someone who takes care of the gracesAnd here graces are birdsBasically the girl woman we have no idea of her age or for how long she has been a Gracekeeper kills a lot of birds when she places then in cages like tombstones to mark where has placed some dead person to rest And now as I think about it I am left wondering how the cages are kept above water Are there poles Do they have little inflatable vestsTechnicalities they are a bitchBecause Hold On To Me you know reusable cages and all that so the birds die of the elements and starvation Oh and there was this little bit of information as if the birds were engineered to last a certain amount of time the time period for mourning of that person but later on there s nothing else to clarify what type of society these people live inStone age meets X manAs for our Grace Keeper Callanish there s another one but he s a drunk and he only appears for a few pages so who cares about the guy well when the story starts I was left with the impression that she had committed some crime and that was her punishment being a Mortician for dampling people But later on we are told that she choose that life So I guess anyone can volunteernot Katniss Katniss would never be such an idiotTalking about Morticians and other technicalitiesI guess Callanish has a lot of strength to dump a lot of dead bodies in the ocean right Oh and then there s the fact that THAT is done in the most shallow part of the ocean because IT MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO FG LOGICCharactersWell there s Callanish the gracekeeper with the mysterious pastNorth a girl who lives on the circus Excalibur with her bear with whom she performs The bear doesn t have a name He s her best friend but apparently it never crossed North s mind to give him a name Here I was left thinking about Lyra from Pullman s trilogy and the relationship she had with her soul animalThere s the ringmaster aka Arthur the owner of the circus who is married to Avalon a crazy bitch determined to incarnate all the crazy bitches from the Arthurian Legends his second wife and there s also a son Yeah I don t care about his name from a previous relationship The son who is a boring as soaked bread has a bit of Mordred in him so Copping It Sweet (Murphys Law you know what this meansAs for the other characters like the clowns they are mostly used by the author to briefly approach the issue of gender bending And I say briefly because the way it was dealt poorly reminded me those last episodes of Sailor Moon when some characters appear leaving us wondering if they were guys or womenWhat elseOh there s women being impregnated by something with scales but that s okay because we should see that as a form of integration How to live both on land and on the seaWell that s easy just go lie by some shore and some dudescaly thing will appear and Ill Be Yours for Christmas (Harlequin Blaze, you ll be ecstatic See Who cares about consentOf course there s still some bit of xenophoby lying around so lets say that babies born with ebbed toes and hands are usually killed on sightAs for the plotWell as

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For readers of The Night Circus and Station Eleven a lyrical and absorbing debut set in a world covered by waterAs a Gracekeeper Callanish administers shoreside burials laying 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 Meanwhi. Whelp here is one of 3 magicalfantasyrealism circus type books I ve read in the past 3 months completely accidentally coincidentally I didn t know this genre was so strongI picked up this book in Edinburgh while on vacation because the cover is lovely In England Here in the US it s kind of poopy and looks like a tampon commercial But the book is very nice and fairy tale ish kind of Water for Chocolate meets a seafaring fantasy world There are a few women characters who are really great Just the names of characters alone Avalon and Callenish are yummy enough to make the book worth reading There s a sort of fatalistic Celtic air about the whole thing I enjoyedIf you want to read a very nice book about sea circus gypsies that is kind of depressing and uplifting and really uite artistic all at the same time this is a good pick The Night Circus fans would like this review coming for that too Let Sleeping Dogs Lie yummy enough to make the book worth reading There s a sort of fatalistic Celtic air about the whole thing I enjoyedIf Secret Agent Minister and Deadly Texas Rose you want to read a very nice book about sea circus gypsies that is kind of depressing and uplifting and really uite artistic all at the same time this is a good pick The Night Circus fans would like this review coming for that too

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Offshore brings change to both their lives offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the conseuences of the past while restoring hope in an unexpected future Inspired in part by Scottish myths and fairytales The Gracekeepers tells a modern story of an irreparably changed world one that harbors the same isolation and sadness but also joys and marvels of our own ag. As I said when I first sampled The Gracekeepers last September I feared at first that it wasn t for me that the fantastical premise was too whimsical for my tastes and that it was in danger of being too twee However the first few chapters really surprised me I was drawn straight into its world and wanted to read on I found the characters easy to care about and the story gave me the same cosy magical feeling as Erin Morgenstern s The Night Circus Unlike many readers I enjoyed that book but as others won t necessarily find the comparison flattering I will again add that Logan is a better writer It s the atmosphere of the stories that s similar As with many good stories that appear to be whimsical there is an undercurrent of darkness that adds spice and bite to a narrative that s often deceptively gentleThe setting is a waterlogged world in which there is a class division between landlockers the lucky few with homes on dry land and damplings whose nomadic lives are spent at sea There are two main characters North who resides on a circus boat and makes a living performing with her beloved bear and Callanish who lives alone on an island and works as a gracekeeper tending the graves of those who die at sea The latter idea is expanded from a short story in Logan s debut collection The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales When a storm hits and tragedy strikes the Circus Excalibur North and Callanish meet and are immediately drawn to each other The Gracekeepers becomes a story about their connection how they are inescapably drawn back to one another and about how each is searching in some way for a family for a home for permanence Many negative reviews are from readers frustrated that there wasn t world building that certain things about how this society worked weren t fully explained but I always saw it as of a dreamlike landscape one that wasn t necessarily supposed to feel entirely real In my head it didn t look anything like this world instead I imagined that beyond the seascapes we heard about the water simply poured off the edge of the earth Many reviews also assume the setting is post apocalyptic or a version of our own future but again I saw it differently as an alternate world or alternate history definitely magical there s no actual magic but you wouldn t be surprised to encounter it Pre flood society might well have been the world we know or something very like it but I felt that taking that for granted would reduce it to some cautionary tale about the environment taking away all the enchantment Enchantment is a very appropriate word for The Gracekeepers perfect for the glamour of the circus the ethereal imagery of Callanish s island home and the magnetic draw of the central couple s attractionThe lush language of The Gracekeepers makes it a book to be savoured slowly and it s best when measured out in small portions If there was one thing about it I didn t like and this became particularly noticeable whenever I read a big chunk of the book in one go it was the repetition of certain words and phrases I d be uite happy to never see the word belly again in my life and Flitch calling Callanish little fish drove me crazy though considering the general obnoxiousness of his character I m sure that was the pointSomething a bit different for me certainly but a book I m really glad I persisted with and one that created a genuinely memorable world Intensive Care you wouldn t be surprised to encounter it Pre flood society might well have been the world we know or something very like it but I felt that taking that for granted would reduce it to some cautionary tale about the environment taking away all the enchantment Enchantment is a very appropriate word for The Gracekeepers perfect for the glamour of the circus the ethereal imagery of Callanish s island home and the magnetic draw of the central couple s attractionThe lush language of The Gracekeepers makes it a book to be savoured slowly and it s best when measured out in small portions If there was one thing about it I didn t like and this became particularly noticeable whenever I read a big chunk of the book in one go it was the repetition of certain words and phrases I d be uite happy to never see the word belly again in my life and Flitch calling Callanish little fish drove me crazy though considering the general obnoxiousness of his character I m sure that was the pointSomething a bit different for me certainly but a book I m really glad I persisted with and one that created a genuinely memorable world


About the Author: Kirsty Logan

Kirsty Logan is a professional daydreamer She is the author of two novels The Gloaming and The Gracekeepers and two story collections A Portable Shelter and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales Her fifth book Things We Say in the Dark will be published on Halloween 2019 Kirsty lives in Glasgow with her wife and their rescue dog She has tattooed toes



10 thoughts on “The Gracekeepers

  1. says:

    Whelp here is one of 3 magicalfantasyrealism circus type books I've read in the past 3 months completely accidentally coincidentally I didn't know this genre was so strongI picked up this book in Edinburgh while on vacation because the cover is lovely In England Here in the US it's kind of poopy and looks like a tampon commercial But the b

  2. says:

    This is a truly beautiful and magical novelA flooded world where few islands remain and those who inhabit the land are landlockers Everyone else lives on boats and are known as damplingsNorth is a dampling she works as the b

  3. says:

    Kirsty Logan has such a lovely way with words Take this description of an apple The apple was a perfect sphere green speck

  4. says:

    Oh not sure where to begin with this one – you know sometimes you read a book that just touches your heart for reasons you can’

  5. says:

    It was not okay; it gets two stars because it was readable in a messy soap opera kind of way Okay full review I don't think I've ever read such a mess of a story And I've read some convoluted messesSo why does the Gracekeepers gets the first place in Most Convoluted Story award?Well imagine a vaguely distopyan setting in which the Planet h

  6. says:

    If you liked The Night Circus or Station Eleven then you’ll probably like this I thought that it was better than both of those no

  7. says:

    35 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum went into The Gracekeepers very carefully From what I’d heard it sounded a lot like the kind of literary magical realism which would reuire an active engagement of the reader’s imagination in or

  8. says:

    This book transports you to another world where everything is upside down Here you live on water or on small islands Those who live on water would never want to live on land and vice versa The circus that we follow is based on water and it floa

  9. says:

    As I said when I first sampled The Gracekeepers last September I feared at first that it wasn't for me that the fantastic

  10. says:

    “We're all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding” Rudyard KiplingKirsty Logan a

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