A flooded world.
A floating circus.
Two women in search of a home.
North lives on a circus boat with her beloved bear, keeping a secret that could capsize her life.
Callanish lives alone in her house in the middle of the ocean, tending the graves of those who die at sea. As penance for a terrible mistake, she has become a gracekeeper.
A chance meeting between the two draws them magnetically to one another – and to the promise of a new life.
But the waters are treacherous, and the tide is against them.
I picked this up in the library after seeing the cover and it ringing a bell somewhere in the back of my mind.
It was a nice read, fantastical but not epic, which is nice if you don’t want your brain aching too much!
The characters (most of whom were circus performers) were good, although I felt as though they could have been fleshed out more.
I really enjoyed the writing, it was descriptive and beautiful. The relationship between North and her bear was lovely. Callanish was intriguing. But it is here that the problems begin.
Complex backstories were eluded to. North’s parents, Callanish’s childhood, Avalon’s past, how Jarrow became the ringmaster. I wanted to know much more about all of it. I felt as though there was so much being skimmed over, and so many questions being left unanswered.
I just wanted MORE…. Close to 4 stars but not quite…
A nice read, but it left me feeling rather unsatisfied.
Finished on June 15th 2017
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