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    Wonderful, epic story!

    Just a Few Words: A wonderful story. I don’t read Historical Fantasy or Romance….and yet I took a chance. This book was worth that chance and so much more. A rather dark atmosphere, a truly compelling read. Ended up loving it! The Binding by Bridget Collins is a fantasy novel, or a historical fiction novel, or just a wonderful novel. First, let me thank Edelweiss, the publisher Harper Collins, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Since a young age, Emmet Farmer has been drawn to books, even though they are strictly forbidden. So it is a surprise when he is sent away to become the apprentice of Seredith, a Bookbinder. To some, her occupation arouses suspicion, fear, even anger. To Seredith, it is a sacred calling. But not all Bookbinders have her moral compass. Bookbinding is not straight forward. Yes, Seredith teaches Emmet the art of creating leather bindings and the fine details of gold-leaf imprints to create truly elegant books. But the actual binding is the contents of the books. Here Seredith binds the pain, the memories, the things people want to forget. She creates a safe place to leave these memories behind, and she will protect these books with her life. But when Seredith passes away, Emmet is forced to work for her son, a more unscrupulous Bookbinder. Here he learns that some in his profession actually sell and trade their creations. He meets Lucian Darnay, whom he remembers from a time before. When Emmet finds a book with his own name on it, his world opens up. My Opinions: WOW, I am going to struggle finding the words to describe this wonderful book. Although I am not a romance reader, nor do I read historical fiction, I am going to say that this is a love story set in the distant past – and I loved it! Oh, and there’s a touch of magic. The plot is definitely a fresh, original idea. The writing, too, was fresh, and flowed effortlessly. Depth was added to the characters by alternating time-lines, and then in Lucian’s voice. There were dark aspects to this book. A homophobic world, where rape, sexual abuse, abuse of power, wealth divisions and secrets are the norm … But there are rays of sunshine too. This book is going to stay with me for a long time. Maybe the idea of willingly having my memory wiped, why I would choose this path, and how it would change me. Or maybe it’s just that this tale, while dark, was so compelling, so intriguing, so well-written. Oh, and the book cover is beautiful....
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    Surprising and beautiful

    This book was very surprising. I expected the mix of fantasy and semi-historical elements. I didn’t expect that it would also play so effectively with mystery and a tender love story. So if you’re ready for something non-conforming but beautiful, don’t hesitate.
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    Can’t put down!

    I am not much of a detailed reviewer but I just have to say that I love this novel so much. It’s a book that feels so real despite the magical book binding. How society runs, how people use binding and the obsession people have with it feels so real. I felt as if I was thrown in trying so hard to understand everything like Emmett. I felt as if I wanted to scream like Lucian. Like I just felt a lot of things because of how unique and dark this society is around the concept of memories being bind in a book. It truly is a masterpiece I have to say.
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    amazing read!

    I haven't read a book that had me so immersed in a long time! Loved the characters and the world-building.
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    Binding

    A really good read - was hard to put down. A bit confusing at the beginning until you figure out what is happening - but that forms the crux of the story, so its worth powering through the first few chapters, and then you’ll be drawn in to the twist and turns of this truly enjoyable love story.
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