Hi everyone! I hope you’re all having a wonderful April so far 🙂 I’ve got another review for you today, for a book I recently loved! I’m excited to share it with you.
Young Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a strange letter arrives summoning him away from his family. He is to begin an apprenticeship as a Bookbinder—a vocation that arouses fear, superstition, and prejudice among their small community but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.
For as long as he can recall, Emmett has been drawn to books, even though they are strictly forbidden. Bookbinding is a sacred calling, Seredith informs her new apprentice, and he is a binder born. Under the old woman’s watchful eye, Emmett learns to hand-craft the elegant leather-bound volumes. Within each one they will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, a binder can help. If there’s something you need to erase, they can assist. Within the pages of the books they create, secrets are concealed and the past is locked away. In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, rows upon rows of books are meticulously stored.
But while Seredith is an artisan, there are others of their kind, avaricious and amoral tradesman who use their talents for dark ends—and just as Emmett begins to settle into his new circumstances, he makes an astonishing discovery: one of the books has his name on it. Soon, everything he thought he understood about his life will be dramatically rewritten.
This is a book of my heart. I bought this because it hit a lot of my buzzwords but I honestly didn’t expect to love it quite so much. I instantly connected with the beautiful prose; seriously, the descriptive writing was so gorgeous!
I was completely enthralled from start to finish, feeling immersed in the story every time I picked it up. It was all a little bit dark and a lot mysterious, and I was living for it.
The characters are so fully realised that I could picture them all so vividly. It honestly felt like I was reading about real people. I will admit that the change in perspective in part three did throw me a little but I soon got myself used to it.
Collins did a great job of revealing just enough information to tantalise the reader and keep them hooked in. I was desperate to find out more, just as Emmett was, and it felt wonderful to follow along on his journey.
If you’re a fan of books like Rebecca, The Shadow of the Wind or The Thirteenth Tale, I would definitely recommend you pick this one up!
And now I’m going to leave you with this quote which really spoke to me:
“May your darkness be quiet and the light come sooner than you need” – how lovely is that?!
Happy reading lovely people! x