The Gracekeepers

The Gracekeepers

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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For readers of The Night Circus and Station Eleven, a lyrical and absorbing debut set in a world covered by waterAs a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, laying the dead to their final resting place deep in the depths of the ocean. Alone on her island, she has exiled herself to a life of tending watery graves as penance for a long-ago mistake that still haunts her. Meanwhile, North works as a circus performer with the Excalibur, a floating troupe of acrobats, clowns, dancers, and trainers who sail from one archipelago to the next, entertaining in exchange for sustenance.In a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland ("landlockers") and those who float on the sea ("damplings"), loneliness has become a way of life for North and Callanish, until a sudden storm offshore brings change to both their lives--offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the consequences of the past, while restoring hope in...
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9780553446630

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fantasyqueen
Mar 18, 2017

very interesting story. sometimes difficult to read, but I was so hooked I couldn't stop

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peppercat1
Jan 02, 2016

This was a very different book, but I enjoyed it once I decided to go with the premise. It made an impression that has lasted - think I might read it again.

AliReads Oct 18, 2015

The Gracekeepers is great if you're into brilliant, thoughtful, beautiful/creepy world building. After global warming has risen the sea levels till land is precious and all trees are sacred, two young women meet. One is a bear dancer on a sailing circus, another keeps an underwater graveyard. Everything goes wrong and there are brilliant undercurrents (pun intended) of fantasy, or possibly just evolution??)

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goddessbeth
Aug 07, 2015

I binged on The Gracekeepers, starting and finishing it within 48 hours. It would have been read entirely in one sitting, if I didn't have pesky work and sleep interfering. It's lyrical, haunting, and incredibly imaginative. Logan keeps the story tension taut through the entire page-turning novel, and her cast of characters is amazingly realized (and yet always a bit tantalizingly distant). In fact, there are so many parallels between the damplings' circus and how this book is presented that it kind of boggles me.

This is a story about North. And about Callanish. And about a host of side characters who, like in the circus, have a spotlight/chapter all to themselves for an act, in addition to being the side characters of North's story. I have no idea what Scottish myths and fairytales this is based on, but it's unlike anything I'm familiar with.

I don't want to hype it so much that you're disappointed, but I definitely recommend it. To anyone who enjoys fiction, really. It's gorgeous and heartbreaking and unexpected and- just read it.

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BWilsoned
Jun 30, 2015

Earth is covered in water, way more than now. No definitive backstory on that, just speculation, which I appreciated. The landlockers stay on their islands of solid ground, not even venturing below the tide line. They trade with other landlocked folk, make up their own traditions, superstitions, and religions. And they don't like the damplings, those who live on the water (boats and ships), traveling around without setting foot on land if at all possible, and have also created their own traditions, superstitions, and religions. North is the bear-girl with a floating circus and Callenish is a gracekeeper, someone who helps lay dead damplings to rest in the sea and helps the survivors grieve and let go through use of graces (doves) in cages.
Callenish is a landlocker, but something else, too. North is a dampling, but offers the possibility of something other than the two obvious choices: land or water.
For an amazing and well-written about this kind of watery world, read Sheri Tepper's 'Water's Rising' trilogy.

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becker
Jun 14, 2015

This book gets top marks for setting and atmosphere. My images for this world were so vivid. The writing is also lovely. However I was somewhat frustrated with the story line which lacked momentum. I had no sense of where it was going which is something I didn't like. Overall, I think this will be an interesting author to watch in the future. I would definitely pick up her next book.

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nerowolfgal
Jun 02, 2015

Well written, interesting world-building, but I must admit I am getting weary of debut novels that play the woman/sea/fertility/world-renewal trope.

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