Genre: Young Adult/Historical Fantasy
Sixteen-year-old Charlotte Bronte lives to tell stories. She longs to improve her fortunes through her writing. Charlotte’s father expects her to leave behind her childish fantasies in order to set an example for her three younger siblings.
But the Bronte children hold a secret in their veins—a smidgen of fairy blood that can bring their words to life.
When Charlotte discovers that the characters from their childish stories exist in an alternate world called Glass Town, she jumps at the opportunity to be the heroine of her own tale.
The city of Angria teeters on the brink of civil war and Charlotte and her siblings must use their magic and their wits to save its people from a tyrant with magic abilities. But entering the fictional world means forfeiting control of their own creations. If they fail, the characters they have come to know and love will be destroyed.
Charlotte is determined to save the city and characters she loves, but when the line between creator and character becomes blurred, will she choose her fantasy or her family?
THE MOURNING RING by Sarah Parke is a fantastical tale of the Brontë siblings during their childhoods and how they found out they had fairy blood running through their veins. When they discover that the characters in their imaginary kingdom of Angria are in trouble, the foursome take a magical journey to save the day.
This is Sarah Parke’s debut novel and I can only hope that she continues down this road. The story is imaginative and well told, suitable for youngsters and adults alike–especially those like me who have a bit of Peter Pan in them. It was interesting to envision the Brontë’s as teenagers as I usually view them as adults. I was especially happy to learn of Tales of Angria, a book written before their more famous works as it gives me something new to read by some of my favourite authors.
With the perfect mix of historical fiction and fantasy, I give THE MOURNING RING 4 stars ****.
Thank you to Amy from Historical Fiction Virtual Books Tours for asking me to be part of the blog tour.
Sarah Parke writes fantasy and historical fiction (sometimes at the same time) for young adult readers and those young at heart.
She has a MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program. Her work has been published internationally, most recently in the July 2015 issue of The Writer magazine.
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