• Title: The Gracekeepers
  • Author: Kirsty Logan
  • ISBN: 9781846559174
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Gracekeepers The magical story of a floating circus and two young women in search of a home The sea has flooded the earth North lives on a circus boat floating between the scattered islands that remain She dances
    The magical story of a floating circus and two young women in search of a home.The sea has flooded the earth North lives on a circus boat, floating between the scattered islands that remain She dances with her beloved bear, while the rest of the crew trade dazzling and death defying feats for food from the islanders However, North has a secret that could capsize her lifThe magical story of a floating circus and two young women in search of a home.The sea has flooded the earth North lives on a circus boat, floating between the scattered islands that remain She dances with her beloved bear, while the rest of the crew trade dazzling and death defying feats for food from the islanders However, North has a secret that could capsize her life with the circus.Callanish lives alone in her house in the middle of the ocean, with only the birds and the fish for company As penance for a terrible mistake, she works as a gracekeeper, tending the graves of those who die at sea What drove her from home is also what pulls her towards North.When a storm creates a chance meeting between the two girls, their worlds change They are magnetically drawn to one another, and the promise of a new life But the waters are treacherous, and the tide is against them.

    One Reply to “The Gracekeepers”

    1. Whelp, here is one of 3 magical/fantasy/realism circus-type books I've read in the past 3 months completely accidentally coincidentally. I didn't know this genre was so strong.I 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 gre [...]

    2. Onvan : The Gracekeepers - Nevisande : Kirsty Logan - ISBN : 553446614 - ISBN13 : 9780553446616 - Dar 320 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2015

    3. Kirsty Logan has such a lovely way with words. Take this description of an apple:The apple was a perfect sphere, green speckled with red, shiny as a bird’s eye. Avalon pulled a silver knife from her dress pocket and cut the apple’s softening flesh into quarters, exposing the pips tenderly. Its scent exploded in the air: sweetly souring, past its best but still with a sheen of juice.It made me go and eat an apple. Sadly it wasn’t quite as tantalizing as the description. I will say that with [...]

    4. 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’t really put into words – well “The Gracekeepers” is just such a novel, beautifully written, highly compelling with such wonderful characters and setting that you just sink into it and leave the real world behind.Where you will find yourself is within a post apocalyptic setting where most of the earth is covered with water, small pieces of land dotted around. T [...]

    5. 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 novels. It’s beautifully written and has the most eeirly evocative landscape where the earth has been flooded and all that’s left are a few islands. You’ve got people who live on the islands, called the Landlockers, and those who live on boats on the sea, called Damplings. It’s about two women, one on land, one on the sea. It’s about bodily autonomy and a wo [...]

    6. 3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2015/06/06/bI went into The Gracekeepers very carefully. From what I’d heard, it sounded a lot like the kind of literary magical realism which would require an active engagement of the reader’s imagination in order to fill in the gaps, and books like this with their haunting, dreamlike style can either be a huge hit with me or it can fall flat. After completing novel, I think my feelings hover somewhere in between. Overall I enjoyed the story [...]

    7. 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 floats around to the islands in order to give performances. Furthermore, we follow the story of an islander who works as a Rester. Everything is magical in this story, and it appeals very much to your imagination. I liked this world building, because it [...]

    8. 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 b [...]

    9. 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 messes.So why does the Gracekeepers gets the first place in "Most Convoluted Story" award?Well imagine a vaguely distopyan setting in which the Planet has suffered the full consequences of global warming: The level of water has risen, leaving most of Earth (well, I'm guessing here maybe it's some alien p [...]

    10. “We're all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding.”----Rudyard KiplingKirsty Logan, a British author, pens her new novel, The Gracekeepers which is about two individuals living, on the realm by the edge of the sea, with a hope that someday they would be able to put their feet on the mainland. Synopsis: 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 [...]

    11. Logan’s inventive debut novel imagines a circus traveling through a flooded future world. Humanity is divided into two races, landlockers and damplings. Fear and prejudice distance these groups but the novel imagines them drawn together through a meeting between two young women, Callanish and North. Callanish, a gracekeeper, performs resting ceremonies for the dead with the help of graces, totem birds that symbolize grief. North, part of the Circus Excalibur, performs a funeral-and-resurrectio [...]

    12. One of the most beautiful and interesting story worlds I've ever encountered! Unlike other reviewers, I didn't mind the relatively slow-paced plot at all and thought it fit really well into the quiet and magical atmosphere of the story. A new favourite for sure!

    13. Living in a world where the oceans had taken over the land; where only pockets of small islands dotted the horizon, were two types of people. The people who lived on land (landlockers) and those who dwelt on the sea (damplings). The damplings we learn about in The Gracekeepers lived on the Excalibur; a crew of circus performers who travelled from island to island, performing and entertaining the landlockers so they could eat. North was a member of the circus, a bear-girl; her beloved bear perfor [...]

    14. Such a beautiful and atmospheric novel - the writing is so graceful and the characters well developed. I love North and Callandish and the way their relationship develops.

    15. Originally posted on:Meh.That’s what I feel about this book. I had such high hopes. I love reading about possible futures for the Earth and I love seeing an author’s view of how humanity will adapt. This book was no exception. The idea of an Earth almost completely covered in water is intriguing. Unfortunately, that’s about the only thing that intrigued me.The book is told from multiple viewpoints and is mostly about North and the group of circus performers that she travels with. As Dampli [...]

    16. In her debut novel, Kirsty Logan has created an unusual, ethereal, almost magical watery world where the seas have risen to flood the cities and there are only pockets of land left to live on. Only the privileged few live on the land (the landlockers) and the others (known as damplings) must survive on the sea in boats, constantly travelling from island to island offering entertainment or services in exchange for food.Against this background we meet North, member of a travelling circus where she [...]

    17. I am not going to finish this. I've read 30% of the book and I'm simply not willing to spend more of my time on this. Don't get me wrong, the writing is beautiful and the setting is fantastic. It is kind of dystopian, however very fairy tale like, there is a circus! It's the fairy tale version of Waterworld! But with depth! And still it doesn't grab meI can't really put my finger on what it is but this book is doing nothing for me. Maybe it is the obvious kind of describing things that puts me o [...]

    18. Wow oh wow oh wow! This was such a beautifully woven tale, so atmospheric, and engaging. For a debut author this was excellent! Logan has a way with words and descriptions that melt you into her world. A world where a floating circus crashes onto an island inhabited by a lonesome girl. With any circus comes its oddities; an assortment of characters that are flawed and looking for acceptance and a place to call home. Poetic, Gorgeous, and just Lovely.Maybe this book isn't for everyone, but if you [...]

    19. The Gracekeepers follows multiple characters but at the heart of the story we have Callanish and North. North is a Dampling, an orphan born into a circus, and Callanish is a Landlocker, a gracekeeper resting atop graves. One born to the sea, one born bound to the land. These are both enchanting women who are just growing into their own bodies, searching for a life which they can claim as theirs. Without a doubt, of all the characters given, Callanish and North are the most admirable aspects of t [...]

    20. North is the bear girl in the circus that travels the world on the boat Excalibur. Callanish is a girl who has self-exiled herself to work as a gracekeeper, a type of undertaker, in the middle of the ocean. What happens when they meet?It's a book of circuses, sea brine and the sea breeze, and whispered secrets. If you liked Pantomime, you might like this for it has a circus and some exploration of gender and sexuality, but it's set in a literary Waterworld type of setting. It's fantasy but looks [...]

    21. Listened 5/15/15 -5/30/154 Stars - Highly Recommended in audio; an intriguing watery apocalypse with a floating circus, you guys!Length: Approx 11 hoursPublisher: Random House AudioNarrator: Katy TownsendReleased: May 2015The premise of Kirsty Logan's debut novel The Gracekeepers - a post apocalyptic world where the sea has swallowed most of the land - immediately brought to mind the 1996 Kevin Costner film Waterworld. (Oh come on, don't tell me your mind didn't go there! But also, don't worry, [...]

    22. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.It's the fault of "The Night Circus". I'm really not a fan of books about circuses or plays, but then I think about "The Night Circus", which I loved, and I think, "just give this book a chance, what if it's not like you fear it will be but instead a lovely surprise?" Sadly, so far, this has never happened. I'll probably keep giving it a try anyway.The setting of this world is really interesting. It's a water world. L [...]

    23. Solid 3.5 stars.This is an interesting novel. It focuses on two sides of a dystopic earth: one on land and one on the sea. We focus on a troupe of traveling circus performers who live on the sea, and an exiled woman who lives alone on an island and performs burial rites for those who have died at sea. There is a lot going on here, from the implications of this flooded earth, to the obvious class structure that Logan has constructed between the land-dwellers and the ocean-dwellers. There are also [...]

    24. You can read this review and more on my blog, Caught Read Handed.Do you ever read a book that is just so beautiful you almost can’t describe it? That’s The Gracekeepers for me. I’ve been wanting to read this book for months, and I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest by it. How to put it into words though? Okay… Look at that cover. See how it’s both intriguing and a little strange? Calm and peaceful but somewhat disturbing? That’s this book. This book is all of those things and so [...]

    25. There's so many things wrong with this book, that I don't really know where to start. The wood was my main problem:- wooden characters, I get that this is a fairytale and the one that barrows a lot from the most popular ones, (good pure orphan, and a bad step mother, cinderella, woman and the dangerous but lovable creature, beauty and the beast, etc) but it doesn't explain why everybody is so damn one demential, - wooden dialogs, and the one at the end of the book, with this cheese message about [...]

    26. The writing was beautiful and I did enjoy this book, but at the end I was left with a lot of questions and felt like the world never fully took shape. The concept of an Earth there there's very little land left and the world is mostly water is such an interesting one I was hoping for much more world building but it wasn't there unfortunately.

    27. 2.5/3 stars This book was beautiful. The story, the writing. At the same timewhat was the point? It lacked a plot, and so I made my way through this book wondering when something significant or worthwhile was going to happen. It didn't. Except for the end when (view spoiler)[the bear dies. (hide spoiler)] Even then, the aftermath of that happening made me think what was even the point of him being there in the first place like???? It was kind of brushed over which made it seem insignificant.The [...]

    28. “Many ways to fly, but only one way to fall.” Buddy read this with KatieIf there's one word I could use to describe this book it would be atmospheric. The writing was gorgeous and even though I left with a lot of questions unanswered and even though the author did a disservice to my favourite character, I enjoyed reading it a lot. It really has the capacity to transport you to this world and interest you in the characters and their adventures. The truth is that I was curious about this since [...]

    29. So this is a book I've been meaning to get to for quite a while, but I read the short story collection by this author and really didn't like it so I ended up being a little put off. I'm glad I still decided to go into this with an open mind as it was a lot better than A Portable Shelter and I found myself enjoying the read through of this one and the language.This story follows two young girls, North, and Callanish. Both are somewhat lost in the world. North is part of a circus, she's the bear t [...]

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