- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 19, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1539635732
- ISBN-13: 978-1539635734
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,206,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Sarah Parke writes fantasy and historical fiction (sometimes at the same time) for young adult readers and those young at heart. She has a MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA program. Her work has been published internationally, most recently in the July 2015 issue of The Writer magazine.
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Highly recommended for Bronte fans of all ages!
There was an element of darkness, danger, conflict, sadness, pain, sorrow, and joy. They each had a place in this read and they each filled that void needed to propel the story further. This was a wonderful adventure. It captivated me and held me. I found the richness filling. I found this to be a wonderful adventure to take the youngest of minds on an adventure to be remembered. I enjoyed this read so much that I have started reading it again with my children. We take it one chapter every Wednesday evening after dinner. The children are so excited and anticipates what’s to come next.
I certainly recommend this read to anyone that loved to read young adult fantasy and adventure. It may be set in a time that most children know nothing about but it will still captivate them to explore their own minds and seek out the possibilities of it all.
I have always wanted the chance to step into the worlds from certain books, and I would definitely take the opportunity to visit a world of my own creation and talk to the people there! Aimed at young adults, but an absolute pleasure to read as an adult, The Mourning Ring is a magical and whimsical story that serves as a wonderful introduction into the world of the highly imaginative and revered storytellers themselves, the Bronte's. I was pleased to find out that the four siblings really did create these worlds in their youth and served as a start to the three sister's writing careers. With the addition of the fairy blood, the story was able to be brought into the fantasy world. The adventures in Glass Town were the highlight of the story, rich descriptions of the land, the dress and the characters that the Brontes loved made Glass Town just as real to me. I was excited when each sibling had the chance to interact with the character of their making and had to come to terms with that character's features and flaws. The trouble in Glass Town also parallels Branwell's future true-life troubles, however, in the story the siblings must work together to reinstate their former King Zamora and not become too entangled within the land of their own creation. Overall, a unique look into the early lives of four extraordinary siblings and the creative process that fueled their imaginations.
Sarah Parke is a a new author for me, and upon looking up some info on her, it turns out "The Mourning Ring" is her debut novel. All I can say prior to giving my review: Wow, what a way to start out in the book world!
Most people are familiar with Charlotte Brontë's "Jane Eyre". Personally, I have never read it. I know (knew) little about Charlotte Brontë, however when I received my e-mail asking if I would be interested in reviewing "The Mourning Ring" two things caught my eye. One was of course the cover. It's dark, and it caught my eye. And after a few of the previous books I read, it looked like it would break up the monotony of reading the same genre. Secondly, the book's description. I'll admit when I signed up for the blog tour I didn't read the description. . .I rarely ever do. Upon receiving my copy of the book, I knew without a doubt this book was going to be cherished on my bookshelf.
Stories serve as more than just stories. Stories can make us laugh, make us cry, there can be healing words, as well as hurting words. To Charlotte Brontë, stories were her lifeblood. While she was a child, her older sisters were sent home from school due to an outbreak of typhoid. The girls were kept separate from the family in a sick room to avoid any other outbreaks. Fearless Charlotte would always sneak into the room to tell stories to her sisters, after all, it is the stories that connects Charlotte to her siblings. What she wasn't expecting to find while sneaking into her sister's sick room was her fairy grandfather. Having never met him before, Charlotte is taken aback to find him in the sick room as well. According to her grandfather, he is there to take Charlotte's sisters, Maria and Elizabeth to a place where they will feel better. And with that, Charlotte heard her sisters laugh for the last time. Before leaving entirely, her grandfather gifted her a mourning ring; a traditional ring back in the day, containing strands of hair from a deceased person. This ring will help Charlotte find doors to the other world.
Once Charlotte learns of her fairy heritage it is her mission, along with her remaining siblings, to learn how to harness their power. Luckily for the Brontë siblings, their Aunt is there to help teach them all about fairy magic. Between lessons and writing stories of worlds far away, Charlotte receives a mysterious note regarding the state of peril Angria is in. Now to anyone else, it's a completely normal but urgent note. To Charlotte, and the rest of the Brontë children, it could be laughable. Angria is a land completely made up around the Brontë's dining room table. From people all the way down to government, everything is played out, written down, and figured out. So how could an anonymous stranger seek help for a land that does not exist? Intrigued, Charlotte goes against her better judgment to meet this stranger in a tavern. To her surprise, her family's intricate story is at a table staring her in the face. And the only way to help Angria is for the Brontë siblings to travel there and fix what happened.
How do the siblings get to Angria? How is it possible to go from ideas on paper to a full fledged functioning city? You'll have to read "The Mourning Ring" to find out. . .and trust me, you won't be disappointed.
Lovers of Narnia, Alice in Wonderland, Oz, The Magicians, Inkheart, and others, rejoice! We found another book to fall in love with a land we may never visit. I can't tell you how much I enjoy getting lost in a world. And I can't even BEGIN to tell you how effortlessly and flawless Sarah Parke writes this book. Even now, writing this blog, I can't begin to tell you how absolutely brilliant Parke's own story writing is. There were times I was reading at a rapid pace, slowing down to enjoy a moment in the book, literally, laughing out loud, and smiling like a complete fool whilst reading "The Mourning Ring". I would happily read any new works written by Sarah Parke.
Digging a bit deeper into researching Sarah Parke, I find that she is working a new project. . . still historical, still fiction as she changes the history of Napoleon. You can find some of the sparse (yet exciting) details on her blog.
"The Mourning Ring" is a fast paced read anyone will enjoy. If you need a quick, yet satisfying read, please don't hesitate to pick this up and give this new author a chance. You won't be disappointed.