Thursday, January 7, 2016

Blog Tour: Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley

Worlds of Ink and Shadow
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: January 5th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Family, Romance, Retellings
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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 slip 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’ juvenilia, Worlds of Ink & Shadow brings to life one of history’s most celebrated literary families.

by Lena Coakley

1) Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino

Quirky and delightful short stories unlike anything you’ve ever read by a master of the absurd.

2) A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin

A childhood favourite that still holds up. I also love The Left Hand of Darkness, which just missed making this list.

3) A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge 

A must-read middle grade novel if you like weird and whimsical fantasy.

4) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Dickens at his best. I reread this book every few years and I always find something new.

5) In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

As fascinatingly surreal and absurd as any work for adults on this list!

6) Dictionary of the Khazars by Milorad Pavić

Mysterious, lyrical, and strange. Written like a dictionary, this novel presents three interpretations of dream. 

7) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

The greatest novel by the king of magical realism.

8) Embassytown by China Miéville

Part science-fiction story, part meditation on language, lying and the very nature of reality. 

9) Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Another book I could read again and again. (Someday I might even understand what Joseph is saying.)

10) Sabriel by Garth Nix

A gorgeous and inventive YA fantasy. The sequel, Lirael, might be even better.

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Lena Coakley was born in Milford, Connecticut and grew up on Long Island. In High School, Creative Writing was the only course she ever failed (nothing was ever good enough to hand in!), but, undeterred, she went on to study writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in Toronto, Canada. Witchlanders is her debut novel.


10 winners will receive a copy of Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley

5 winners will receive a black bonnet (similar to the one found on the Canadian cover)

1 Grand Prize Winner will receive: A Copy of WORLDS OF INK AND SHADOW (Canadian or US edition dependent on country of winner), A Hardcover Everyman's Library edition of JANE EYRE by Charlotte Brontë, A Hardcover Everyman's Library edition of WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Brontë, A softcover Penguin edition of THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL by Anne Brontë, A softcover Hesperus edition of THE SPELL, juvenilia of Charlotte Brontë
Toasty Almond Tea from Tealish, A cloth ornament of Charlotte Brontë's childhood hero, The Duke of Wellington, inspiration for her character, Zamorna


  1. Wow, this is something unique and it sounds really interesting.

  2. Sounds like a great read

    Betul E.

  3. New author for me. Love when I find someone I haven't read.

  4. It is amazing that these sisters were so imaginative and it must have been their childhoods that allowed their genius to flourish so I am very excited to see what this author has to say about their beginnings!

  5. Thanks so much for the giveaway! I cannot wait to read this book!

  6. What fabulous people to delve into !