I Absolutely loooove folk lore and urban legends! That is probably the main reason for the choice i made when picking The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan!
The magical story of a floating circus and two young women in search of a home.
The sea has flooded the earth. North lives on a circus boat, floating between the scattered islands that remain. She dances with her beloved bear, while the rest of the crew trade dazzling and death-defying feats for food from the islanders. However, North has a secret that could capsize her life with the circus.
Callanish lives alone in her house in the middle of the ocean, with only the birds and the fish for company. As penance for a terrible mistake, she works as a gracekeeper, tending the graves of those who die at sea. What drove her from home is also what pulls her towards North.
When a storm creates a chance meeting between the two girls, their worlds change. They are magnetically drawn to one another, and the promise of a new life. But the waters are treacherous, and the tide is against them.
I liked the Scottish mythology included, but sometimes this came at the expense of true character building. And I struggled with the unusual character names but i always do that and sometimes give the characters nicknames but i do that too! But i do have to say that Kirsty Logan makes these characters well written and rounded … People I could identify with and care for, no matter how remote their experiences might be from my own. She is a great storyteller, and deserves recognition as such. The sense of place is almost palpable. Very highly recommended, a tale for our time. And i think all young adults should read it!
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