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- File Size : 1538 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 357 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Publication Date : October 29, 2013
- Publisher : Arthur A. Levine Books (October 29, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0545166667
- ASIN : B00CFT6N8M
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,260,082 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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By chapter two, I was reeling with curiosity, awe, and delight. I was grinning at my Kindle, squirming with excitement as I savored every word. I went into the kitchen to tell my husband about it, as I often do.
“Oh my gosh, this book is so good.” (A phrase I often utter to him, unsurprisingly.)
He nodded appreciatively as he continued to make his sandwich. (A gesture he often does toward me, and YES he makes his own sandwiches.)
“It’s like… like Laini Taylor and Victoria Schwab — two of my favorite authors — combined!”
“Oh, wow,” he said, tying the bag of bread closed. “That’s good!”
“No… it’s like Laini Taylor, Victoria Schwab, Neil Gaiman — and Diana Wynne Jones — combined! It is so GOOD!”
He took a bite of his sandwich and nodded again, letting me know that he was excited for me.
(I snuck in another chapter while I waited for him to finish eating. I couldn’t help myself.)
This book has incited a couple of rares for me: 1) I actually listened to — and agreed with — an endorsement from an author, and 2) I actually compared it to several other authors. I don’t like to do this, because it’s hard to do. Everyone’s tastes are different. But from the very beginning, I knew I had found something special in Sorrow’s Knot: it made me swell with the magic and awe, a familiar twinkle in my chest, that can only be coaxed into being by a master.
Like many readers, I often enjoy fiction for the fantasy, for the escape. I love diving into a completely different world and immersing myself in something new and different. This is an everyday activity for me, which is why the depth of my immersion into Sorrow’s Knot took me by surprise. It felt familiar, but wholly new, and I lost myself so completely in its pages that I didn’t know what to do with myself when I’d reached the end and realized there was no more.
I know: I haven’t included any sort of analysis or specifics in this review, but I don’t think I need to. Here is what I want you to know about Sorrow’s Knot:
- I have never wanted to hug a book so much as I did when finishing this one.
- I went out and bought the hardcover of Sorrow’s Knot before I was even 10% into it, because I already loved it that much.
- It may have just surpassed every other book in my favorites and moved to the top.
- It is beautiful, it is heartbreaking, it is magical, and it is human.
- If there is one book I would actually reread on a regular basis, it is this one.
You want my advice? Read this book. If you haven’t read Sorrow’s Knot: read it. If you have read it: read it again. And then, hug it to your chest and never let it go.
Later this waiting is used well but in the first half I just wanted people to die already.
Good world building with women who had powers and men who were helpless.
If you can get through the first half you will be rewarded with a great book.
I liked the storytelling in PLAIN KATE and I was so happy to see that not only did SORROW’S KNOT match that, it far surpassed it. The book is unique in that it’s a fantasy story set in only a slightly recognizable world but it’s also an old world story that could be pulled from native stories of people living in the here and now. That line is blurred. You want to associate the people in this world to something knowable and look at it as a kind of folk tale that has its roots in reality but at the same time it’s a fantasy world where the dead continue to live and people hold magic and protect villages from the dead. I love it. I constantly found my brain flipping between real historical folktale and entirely invented fantasy world and I think it made my reading experience so much better.
There’s a redundancy to the way the story is told and that method lends itself to a more oral storytelling tradition and further supports the feeling that this could be something the indigenous people have passed down across the generations. I found myself getting a little annoyed by it because at times it felt like filler but at the same time it only added to the storytelling. I’m walking back over my own feelings, I know. But that’s how it is with this one.
I didn’t feel wholly connected to any one character until Orca came onto the scene but I think that’s the storytelling. I remember feeling that way with PLAIN KATE too. The way in which the story is told lends itself to that distance and I can understand how people would feel disassociated from the characters but that doesn’t make them feel any less real. With Orca, because he was so different from the way things were in the village, he really seemed to pop once he made an appearance. Plus he was a take-no-crap character with a logical outlook on things and I really liked that about him.
I got a bit worried toward the end because I wasn’t sure how dark Bow was willing to go with it but I’m glad it ended the way it did. Traditions get broken and rewritten and someone just had to take that step to question the whys of things for it all to change. People get comfort from tradition and fear change but pain for the sake of tradition isn’t all that tolerable either and there are some who weren’t willing to just be okay with that.
The writing is gorgeous. I love Bow’s storytelling, I love her methods, I love her words. She makes the story feel timeless and lends it to you and tells you that it can be a piece of you if you just accept it. The stories she tells are timeless and transcendent and applicable to anyone. Like fairy tales but richer, deeper, broader. SORROW’S KNOT is one of those books that’ll keep speaking for years. It lives beyond trends and waves and will always be just a damn good book.