Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley

Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The Brontë siblings have always been inseparable. After all, nothing can bond four siblings quite like life in an isolated parsonage out on the moors. Their vivid imaginations lend them escape from their strict 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 slipping 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.


This book, based on the juvenile writings of the Bronte’s is a sweeping and imagined world. Coakley has obviously committed to research and it pays off in a lovingly crafted story that draws you into the world of the Bronte’s as strong as the worlds of Verdopolis and Gondal.

I enjoyed every page of this beautiful book. Coakley has done such a wonderful job of bringing the moors and the world of the Bronte’s to life. Delicate yet dark and a number of references (and foreshadowing characters) to their adult works that made them famous.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the Brontes, 19th Century literature, or speculative historical fiction.




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