Sorrow's Knot by Erin Bow
"In the world of SORROW'S KNOT, the dead do not rest easy. Every patch of shadow might be home to something hungry, something deadly. Most of the people of this world live on the sunlit, treeless prairies. But a few carve out an uneasy living in the forest towns, keeping the dead at bay with wards made from magically knotted cords. The women who tie these knots are called binders. And Otter's mother, Willow, is one of the greatest binders her people have ever known.
But Willow does not wish for her daughter to lead the lonely, heavy life of a binder, so she chooses another as her apprentice. Otter is devastated by this choice, and what's more, it leaves her untrained when the village falls under attack. In a moment of desperation, Otter casts her first ward, and the results are disastrous. But now Otter may be her people's only hope against the shadows that threaten them. Will the challenge be too great for her? Or will she find a way to put the dead to rest once and for all?"- summary from Amazon
REVIEW TO COME!
and here's an interview with Erin:
I have no idea.
I’m sorry, I know it’s a disappointing answer. I can remember some of the early and abiding images, chief among them a girl with her hands spread and a cat’s cradle between them. She is wearing red. Something about the gesture — bound up, yet full of power; ancient, but playful — caught my imagination. It ended up on the cover of the book, too.
The other question I asked myself went something along the lines of: “In a world where knots give you the power over life and death, what would happen if someone had too much of that power?”
But where that image and that idea came from, I’m not sure. Some things just come.
2) What are you currently working on? Can you tell us anything about it?
The new book is called Children of Peace. It's set 500 years into the future, in a long period of peace that followed a global climate war. To keep that peace, the rulers of various countries send their children to be raised together in these idyllic country schools, where they make friends with other future leaders, grow their own food, learn about ruling the world, and get killed if their countries go to war. It's sort of a hostage drama and sort of a boarding school novel, and it has randy goats and snarky artificial intelligences in it. I like it a lot. How can you not like a book narrated by Greta Gustafsen Stuart, Duchess of Halifax and Crown Princess of the Pan Polar Confederacy?
I envision Greta’s story as a trilogy but I’ve yet to sell it — so I’m afraid it will be some years before anyone can read it.
3) What's your favorite Jelly Belly jelly bean flavor(s)? Or, if you don't like those, a favorite snack to have while writing or as a reward for writing?
Please don’t hate me, but I’m not a huge candy person. I love chocolate. I have a secret bar of fair trade chocolate in my desk drawer that I nibble a little at a time. Any dark chocolate will do, but bitter flavours like orange or chili or sea salt caramel don’t go amiss.
4) What book(s) are you currently reading, or are about to start?
I just read Oryx and Crake and Fangirl. I liked Fangirl better — suck it, Margaret Atwood! I’ve just started One Year in Coal Harbour, an MG contemporary which has a lead character named Primrose Squarp, and is utterly charming. I recommend it for fans of the Penderwicks. Next on my nightstand is a nonfiction book called Love and Math. It’s about math. And I have Untold on order!