Sorrow’s Knot


What sold me on this book was the cover—as you can see it’s beautiful. I spotted it at a book sale read the synopsis and hoped it would be good— and it wasn’t bad it just wasn’t for me. By the time I go to the last hundred pages I was just trying to get it over with so I could start on another book. It’s also targeted towards a younger demographic, so there’s that to take into account.

I initially thought this story was going to be about native/indigenous folklore (because of the girl on the cover) and I’m not sure that it was? Brown skin was mentioned and the book ran deep with tradition and stories but I really don’t know.  Perhaps I read into the cover too much.

So I guess I should get to the books contents. Sorrow’s Knot  is about a group of people who live  in a village called Westmost. The people live among nature and off the land and have different jobs in their society—one of the most important being the job of a binder, which means you guard the village against the spirits of the dead.
Otter, the main character comes from a family of binders and from what I gather that means that they tie knots that ward off  the aforementioned spirits as well as heal injuries. Otter’s mother Willow doesn’t want Otter to become a binder (for a reason we find out later on) and she casts her out of their family home. After the oldest binder in the village dies Willow goes a little crazy and the town starts wondering who will ward the town from the dead, seeing as the only other binder is Otter, who isn’t allowed to practice.  Otter is best friends with Cricket a storyteller and Kestrel a ranger.

I guess all the knot tying just reminded me of some sort of boy/ girl Scout project. It got old fast and it just felt like the entire book was trying so hard to seem “deep and meaningful, ” without ever accomplishing it.  The Cricket character particularly annoyed me with his thinly veiled “there’s a wise man in a boys body” stories.
It wasn’t badly written at all but it just wasn’t my cup of tea. There was so much repetition of things we just read about in previous chapters. It reminded me of  the recaps some television shows do before a new episode. For example there was a scene that ended with this: Cricket was not there to greet them.
The following scene started like this: Cricket did not come to the river gate to see Otter and Kestrel safely in.

It was all a bit arduous.


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