As 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 an unexpected future. (Goodreads synopsis)
I honestly felt bad about giving this a two star, because it made it seem like it’s on the same level as The Glittering World; while the story itself felt as stale and pointless as The Glittering World, The Gracekeepers had an interesting premise and at some point it did seem promising, even more so than The Glittering World. I like how the author weaved the world in this story, it was definitely interesting and felt very magical to me, sadly it almost feels like the author does not have any passion whatsoever as she was writing the story. It felt lifeless, I almost felt like this was an unfinished manuscript of a novel.
For a fantasy story, The Gracekeepers definitely is very interesting, but the story just felt pointless. I have been reading halfway through the book and I still am not getting the feel or the point on where the story is going. To make matters even worse, the characters were in no way making this story bearable. There’s not a single character that shine through, not even two of the main characters, Callanish and North.
Three chapters to the ending of the book, the speed of the story suddenly took its pace and it almost (emphasise on the word ‘almost‘) felt somewhat exciting. But then the story just ends like that. I’m very thankful for the author did gave us an ‘After’ or an epilogue to the story, but it just made everything worse. As I finished reading the epilogue, I asked myself, ‘so what is the point of the story?’. I seriously cannot grasp my thoughts on this book. I’m so very sad, because this book does have an interesting premise.
Oh one thing that I would like to complain is that I’ve seen several reviews of this book that mentioned about The Night Circus, in the sense that if you like the latter then you should give this book a try. Tell you what, don’t buy that! This book’s circus is in no way comparable to The Night Circus. I get that obviously the two offers different kind of circus, but what I’m complaining about is not the circus per se, but how lazy the circus was being portrayed in The Gracekeepers. Also, what’s with the title? The Gracekeepers. It insinuate that there were more than one Gracekeeper,which actually is true because there is Odell, who is also a Gracekeeper, but let’s be honest here, Odell is not even an important character to the story, so I don’t get the use of plural on the title. Alright, now I feel like I’m just complaining nonsense.
Title: The Gracekeepers
Author: Kirsty Logan
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Is it really a choice when we have no other option?