e-ARC Review: The Gloaming by Kirsti Logan|A different world, a different story|

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Blurb (as on 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.

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The gloaming by Kristi Logan is a book that transports you to an island which is both mystical and dark. A place where people don’t die naturally but are turned into stones on a cliff overlooking the sea. The sea which is untamable and has its own secrets.

The prose is beautifully written. Its a calculative mix of fairytale, magic, and folklore, with a lot of dark mysteries. Peter and Signe, a boxer and ballet dancer respectively, live in a house that refuses to be taken care of. They have three kids- Mara, Islay, and Bee. And then a crazy accident happens, that throws Mara off balance. She has lost all interest in life and then she meets Pearl- a mermaid dancer. Love blossoms, but their fate might not be all about happy endings.


  • A rich prose, that carries you flawlessly through the plot
  • Intricate and detailed characterization
  • A mysterious, secretive and unpredictable storyline

Reading this book is like watching the world from within a glass box. The characters aroused my curiosity, and I craved for a connection. But it was missing on a massive level. The plot made me feel trapped because there was so much more I wanted to know, especially Pearl’s side of the story.

The Gloaming is the product of a brilliant imagination and talks about loss, grief, and love in an observational sort of way. I just wish I could connect myself to the characters.



Purchase Links:                                 |Amazon Kindle|


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4 thoughts on “e-ARC Review: The Gloaming by Kirsti Logan|A different world, a different story|

  1. The mermaids. On the cover. Had me so intrigued. I absolutely love mermaids so any books including them always has me interest. It sounds like it all plays out quite nicely and it makes for a good story but I am sorry that there was the distance that lacked emotional connection! I think I have to pass on this one now, in that case.

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