The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan


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.


My thoughts

It’s not often that I will buy a book that is overly recommended. I tend to shy away from books, films and TV shows that everyone raves about, until I feel a need to read or watch, for instance I have never seen Forrest Gump, I am sure I will someday, but as of yet I just haven’t wanted to, so for me to pick up a book that everyone is raving about is unusual for me, maybe it’s because I am afraid I won’t like it and people will think I am odd, but I like to think that I read what I like whenever I am in the mood for it.

The Gracekeepers is one of those books, everyone on Booktube and Bookstagram has loved it, so I thought I would give it a go, I picked this up at the same time I bought Game of Thrones (another thing that is so popular but hasn’t interested me until now).


And I am glad I did, because I loved it, this is such a beautifully written book, the characters are so well defined that I can see them in my head, North, Callanish, Red Gold, Avalon and the others are all so clearly  pictured.

The story is simple but so beautifully written and Logan’s writing really draws you in and makes you care about the characters, you really want North to be happy and it is heart-rending when she loses her bear, but you also hope that she will find a place with Callanish. You want Avalon to get her comeuppance and in a way she does, while still getting what she wanted.

This is a book for anyone who has ever wondered where they belong in world, and you will empathize with the characters as they make their way in the world .

About Andrea Pryke

I have been collecting Marilyn Monroe items since 1990 and the collection includes around 400 books, as well as films, documentaries, dolls, records and all sorts of other items
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