Sorrow's Knot

Sorrow's Knot

eBook - 2013
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Winner of the 2014 Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy, from the author of PLAIN KATE At the very edge of the world live the Shadowed People. And with them live the dead. There, in the village of Westmost, Otter is born to power. She is the proud daughter of Willow, the greatest binder of the dead in generations. It will be Otter's job someday to tie the knots of the ward, the only thing that keeps the living safe. Kestrel is training to be a ranger, one of the brave women who venture into the forest to gather whatever the Shadowed People can't live without and to fight off whatever dark threat might slip through the ward's defenses. And Cricket wants to be a storyteller — already he shows the knack, the ear — and already he knows dangerous secrets. But something is very wrong at the edge of the world. Willow's power seems to be turning inside out. The ward is in danger of falling. And lurking in the shadows, hungry, is a White Hand, the most dangerous of the dead, whose very touch means madness, and worse. Suspenseful, eerie, and beautifully imagined.


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SCL_Toby Aug 02, 2017

Overall this book was a fantastic read. Erin Bow has a very atmospheric way of writing and the story and characters felt unique and real. The ending did not work for me and in the interest of not spoiling anything I won't say what happened. But if Erin Bow ever writes more in this world and with these characters, I would be happy to read it.

Dec 16, 2015

So interesting, so cool.

Although it took a bit of time for me to understand the story and I definitely struggled through the first half, the story picked up when the trio left Westmost right until the very end.

But it doesn't end here for these characters. In fact as Willow had said, it is only just the beginning.

SPL_Kids Oct 14, 2014

Kitchener-Waterloo author Erin Bow’s Shadow’s Knots is another poignant, eloquent and eerie story for both teens and adults.

The Shadowed People have long been protected from the dead by the magical strength of the knots that are tied by a skilled binder. Their very survival is dependent on these knots, because the dead, who wish to prey upon the living, are restless … and hungry.

Otter is descended from a long line of female binders. She expects to become the village binder someday, inheriting this power from her mother, Willow - but it is not to be.

Out of love for her daughter, Willow decides to spare Otter from the lonely, difficult life of a binder and chooses someone else as her apprentice.

Then the village of Westmore is attacked. Willow loses her power and dies. Otter, who is untrained, may be the only one who can save her people from the sinister spirits that threaten to destroy everyone in the village.

There is danger, loss, sadness and a constant dark suspense in this book – but there is also a determination to survive - and romance. There is magic, too, in this chilling yet alluring book that demonstrates so well the immense power of a perfectly-told story.

Erin Bow’s earlier novel is Plain Kate, the acclaimed winner of the 2011 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award.

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