Sunday, May 7, 2017

Review: The Mourning Ring by Sarah Parke

 Sixteen-year-old Charlotte Bronte lives to tell stories. She longs to improve her fortunes through her writing. Charlotte’s father expects her to leave behind her childish fantasies in order to set an example for her three younger siblings.

 But the Bronte children hold a secret in their veins—a smidgen of fairy blood that can bring their words to life.

 When Charlotte discovers that the characters from their childish stories exist in an alternate world called Glass Town, she jumps at the opportunity to be the heroine of her own tale.

 The city of Angria teeters on the brink of civil war and Charlotte and her siblings must use their magic and their wits to save its people from a tyrant with magic abilities. But entering the fictional world means forfeiting control of their own creations. If they fail, the characters they have come to know and love will be destroyed.

 Charlotte is determined to save the city and characters she loves, but when the line between creator and character becomes blurred, will she choose her fantasy or her family?

Publication Date: October 10, 2016 
CreateSpace eBook & Paperback; 350 Pages 
Genre: Young Adult/Historical Fantasy

The Mourning Ring is not your average book about Charlotte Bronte.  I will be totally honest here and say I have never read any books written by a Bronte, it isn't for lack of desire but rather lack of time.  I jumped at the chance to review this one and my sincere apologies for being late with my review.  

Charlotte Bronte is only 16 years old returning home from school. Stories are not just in her blood but her siblings as well, together they have created the world of Glass Town.   This wasn't your average magical adventure but rather a story of deception, intrigue and kinda whimsically.  I was drawn in with rich descriptions and a story both captivating and a wonderful introduction to the Bronte's.

The synopsis above gives a wonderful description of this book and for fear of giving away any part of this charming story I won't say too much.  Angria is a creation of the Bronte's and they face a terrible dilemma now.  The author's writing style was engaging and a pleasure to read.

The Mourning Ring is a solid debut by Sarah Parke, it is a great mix of historical fiction, adventure and fantasy. Targeted for a young adult audience, I quite enjoyed it.

Thank you to HFVBT for the invite to be part of this tour, I love discovering new authors that I might have missed otherwise.

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Sarah Parke writes fantasy and historical fiction (sometimes at the same time) for young adult readers and those young at heart. She has a MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA program. Her work has been published internationally, most recently in the July 2015 issue of The Writer magazine.

For more information, please visit Sarah Parke's website.

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