The Gracekeepers ★★★★☆

51JwuE6mTPL._SX355_BO1,204,203,200_I just finished reading Kirsty Logan’s The Gracekeepers, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. A beautiful fantasy setting surrounding a system of once joined islands and archipelagos.

The world presented to us is one divided by those inhabiting the mainland, landlockers, and those who float on the sea, damplings.  The vast loneliness of the sea creeps into everyone’s lives whether they are embraced by the ocean’s waves or separated by them.

The Gracekeepers follows, mainly, North and Callanish, two women who are desperately longing for a sense of home. North is a member of the dampling Circus Excalibur, that travels from island to island performing for their dinners. Callanish is a Gracekeeper, responsible for laying the dead to rest in shallow watery graves.

I really enjoyed the colorings from Scottish lore, which are everywhere, and beautifully written. My one and only issue with The Gracekeepers was that it took a long time for my interest to be peaked in these characters.

But once it was there it never left!

I’m so sorry that this review is so short but I literally cannot tell you about the great parts without revealing spoilers and I don’t want to deprive you of a great read. So go out-buy yourself a copy-and enjoy your little hearts out.

By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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