Worlds of Ink And Shadow

Lena Coakley

Worlds of Ink And Shadow

Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne. The Brontë siblings have always been inseparable. After all, nothing can bond four siblings quite like life in an isolated parsonage out on the moors. Their vivid imaginations lend them escape from their strict upbringing, actually transporting them into their created worlds: the glittering Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy Gondal. But at what price? As Branwell begins to descend into madness and the sisters feel their real lives slipping away, they must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations, even as their characters - the brooding Rogue and dashing Duke of Zamorna - refuse to let them go.

Gorgeously written and based on the Brontës' own juvenilia, Worlds of Ink And Shadow brings to life one of history's most celebrated literary families in a thrilling, suspenseful fantasy. (From HarperCollins Canada)


Excerpt:

Charlotte Brontë dipped her pen into the inkwell and dabbed it on a blotter. For a long moment she held it over the blank page, waiting. She was writing the final scene of a story, and she wanted it to be... transcendent.

On the other side of the desk, her brother, Branwell, was scratching away. His spectacles sat folded in front of him, and he was bent double over his paper, his eyes only an inch or two away from the words. When Branwell couldn't get a scene right, he simply went on to the next one - and the next, and the next. Half his page was covered already, she noticed with disgust, and he was writing with his left hand, too. Her brother wrote equally well with either hand, but he chose the left only when he was writing about Alexander Rogue, his magnificently wicked villain.

"Remember," Charlotte said. "You're not to kill off any of our characters without my consent."


From Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley ©2016. Published by HarperCollins Canada.