Book review ~ The Binding, Bridget Collins

The Binding
Author : Bridget Collins
Pages : 437
Genre : Fantasy/Romance

After having suffered some sort of mental collapse and no longer able to keep up with his farm chores, Emmett Farmer is sent to the workshop of one such binder to live and work as her apprentice. Leaving behind home and family, Emmett slowly regains his health while learning the binding trade. He is forbidden to enter the locked room where books are stored, so he spends many months marbling end pages, tooling leather book covers, and gilding edges. But his curiosity is piqued by the people who come and go from the inner sanctum, and the arrival of the lordly Lucian Darnay, with whom he senses a connection, changes everything.

I was a bit scared to see many people fight about this book. Some loved it, some loathed it. I’m happy to find out I belong to the first category. I’m not sure I expected that much romance in the plot, more fantasy, and a magical world in which people can bind their memories to a book to forget them, but it didn’t bother me that much. I enjoy romance in fantasy, so I let myself be carried away.

I like order, so I was glad to see the book is divided in 3 distinct part, with a logical sense! First we get Emmett, than Lucian, than the story of both. It was nice to see the progression, and get to know both characters. I felt like Emmett was a little stupid to act the way he does in the beginning. Dude never tries do to something about his life, his situation. He just lets everyone boss him around for basically no reason. Still, he makes for a loveable character, as well as Lucian, who takes some time to warm up to.

The world building is pretty well done. I went in expecting huge fantasy, magic, etc, but it’s all much more subtle than that, and I think this is where the author’s true talent lies. She manages to create a world, and ease you into it, its customs, and the characters roaming it. There was truly an ambiance while reading The Binding. You can’t help but falling in love with it. I know I did !

That’s it for today! Thanks for reading me!
See you soon,
Jade ❤

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