Review: Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley

on Jan 27, 2017
The Brontes have always been close. After all, nothing can unite four siblings like life in an 
isolated parsonage on the moors. Their vivid imaginations lend them escape from their strict,
 spartan upbringing, actually transporting them into their created worlds: the glittering 
Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy Gondal. But at what price? 
As Branwell begins to slip into madness and the sisters feel their real lives 
ebbing away, they must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations, even as their 
characters—the brooding Rogue and dashing Duke of Zamorna—refuse to let them go.

Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction

5 out of 5 Stars


Worlds of Ink and Shadow is a beautiful, intricate adventure! 

I was so very curious about this novel because the premise is just too cool. The four Bronte siblings traveling to the fictional worlds they create...yes!

Perhaps my favorite part of this novel was the connections it made to the published works of the Bronte sisters. (I'm a huge Jane Eyre fan!) 

The Bronte siblings are bright and creative:

Branwell is the only son, and bears the pressure that comes with that. He enjoys escaping to Verdopolis and playing renowned thief with his criminal companions. He is stubborn, selfish, bold, and wicked. 

Charlotte is the Motherly figure, practical and serious. She keeps watch over he younger siblings and loves them dearly but within her heart she longs for romantic love as well. 

Emily is selfish, desperate and hopeful. She has fallen in love with one of the fictional characters and cares little for the real world. 

Anne is quiet, modest, humble, and brave. Though she feels invisible to her siblings, she is closest with Emily and is extremely resourceful when need be. 

The end of this adventure was heartbreaking and fulfilling, leaving the door to the future open to the talent of these great writers. 


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