Waiting on Wednesday: The Gloaming

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The Gloaming

Written by Kirsty Logan

256 pages

Published by RandomHouse UK/ Vintage Publishing

Publication date: 19th April 2018

Genre: Magical Realism, Fantasy, Literary Fiction

Age range: 13+

Summary (from Goodreads):

Mara’s island is one of stories and magic. She knows she’ll eventually end her days atop the cliff, turned to stone and gazing out at the horizon like all the villagers that went before her, drawn by the otherworldly call of the sea. Her whole family will be there too, even her brother Bee and her sister Islay.

But the island and the sea do what they want, and when they claim a price from her family, Mara’s world changes forever.

As years pass and Mara grows into herself and her scars, a chance meeting with the magnetic Pearl brings magic to life once more in ways that Mara never thought possible, in a story that she never would have dreamed for herself before.

The enchanting spiritual prequel to The Gracekeepers, Kirsty Logan’s The Gloaming is a present-day fable that brims over with dazzling imagination and captivating language.

Why I can’t wait to read this:

  • I had not realised that this is a prequel when I saw it, but I was immediately drawn in by the ‘island of stories and magic‘. I believe that islands have their own special magic and have lots of favourite stories set on islands where it seems like anything could happen.
  • I picked up the prequel, The Gracekeepers, and absolutely loved it – if this book is anything like i I am sure to enjoy this too!
  • The influence of folklore seems quite strong in this book and I LOVE anything that draws on folktales and superstition.
  • The title, The Gloaming, brings to mind that magical time between light and dark when the world is full of possibilities and all of the fairy tales seem close enough to touch.
  • Magic has a price and it seems like it is a hard one to pay. I always enjoy stories where using magic has to be carefully-considered due to the consequences. If magic were easy we would all be doing it!
  • Yet again, another stunning cover – I feel like publishers have really stepped up their game with book covers thanks to social media and are determined to part us from our hard-earned cash…

Has your interest been piqued by this book and the description?

Does it sound like the kind of book you might enjoy?

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See some other Waiting on Wednesday posts here:  When the Mountains Roared, The Exact Opposite of Okay, To Kill a Kingdom, Starfish

Read my review of In My World, Argyle Fox or Hold Back the Stars

Thanks for reading!

54 Comments Add yours

  1. Karlita says:

    Oh! I didn’t know that this is a prequel too. I’ve been eyeing this book since I saw it last year on Twitter.

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    1. I read the Gracekeepers recently and loved it. However, I don’t think you have to read both to understand the other – they re set in the same world so reading both gives you a wider understanding of the world but I don’t think you read it to enjoy both stories.

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      1. Karlita says:

        Thank you for letting me know.😊 I’ll check Gracekeepers too but since this is a prequel, I think I could read this one first before Gracekeepers.😊

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      2. I think either order would work!

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    1. I know, isn’t it gorgeous! There aren’t quite as many mermaids in it as I had expected, but it is a beautiful book.

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      1. At least you still enjoyed it. That’s good!

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  2. Ooh, this sounds wonderful! So many factors that appeal to me, haha. I have a couple of this author’s books on my TBR, including The Gracekeepers, but haven’t got around to them ^^;

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    1. I really enjoyed both The Gracekeepers and The Gloaming. They’re both fairly short too. I read The Gracekeepers first as had heard a few people mention that The Gloaming made more sense if you did. however, I think either order would work.


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