The Gloaming by Kirsty Logan

The Gloaming

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 pa...

Details The Gloaming

TitleThe Gloaming
Release DateApr 19th, 2018
PublisherHarvill Secker
GenreFantasy, Magical Realism, Fiction, Mythology, Mermaids

Reviews The Gloaming

  • Paromjit
    Kirsty Logan writes a beautifully imagined tale of magic, folklore and fairytales with a strong undertow of darker forces juxtaposed with a gritty realism. Logan achieves the feat with her world building that is sufficiently nebulous and ambiguous in giving the reader the path of seeing and interpreting the novel as they wish. The narrative focuses on the issues of identity, what it is to be a woman, loss, grief and love with Logan drawing us in ...
  • Dannii Elle
    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars.Residing in a mansion, renowned for its once glory but falling daily into further disrepair, and situated on an island overlooked by the stone remains of the deceased is Mara, daughter of a ballerina and a boxer. The arrival of part-time mermaid, Pearl, ignites the ashes of a passion inside Mara. This passion is a desire to see what would happen if she would dare to take a step off the island, and enter the chaos of real...
  • Emer
    A book of quiet beauty with a most haunting of storylines... That sadly bored me to tears. No matter how hard I tried I could not engage with these characters, I found reading a chore. Sometimes a book just doesn't fit with a reader because of circumstances outside of everyone's control. I feel this is one of those times. The storyline was so magical, so ethereal... The mix between reality and folklore should have worked for me. The beautiful exp...
  • Sonja Arlow
    3.5 starsI wish Netgalley had made it very clear that this was a prequel to The Gracekeepersas I think the story would have had an even deeper meaning for me had I read that book first.But this story had its own merits and charm. The writing was at times mesmerising making you feel like you are coming up for air when you stop reading.The story is not permeated by magical realism except for one little detail. Once a person reaches a certain age th...
  • Heather
    A gorgeously, luxuriously dark follow up to Kirsty's debut. My heart sang, my heart broke and I couldn't put the damn thing down. Utterly brilliant.
  • Marcella
    I have just finished The Gloaming by the amazing Kirsty Logan and she again raised the bar for any future book I will pick up. It was utterly amazing, it tugged on my heartstrings, breaking my heart and healing it at the same time. This story focuses on a family, an island, stories, hope, grief and love. And it was magical. “The world was so full of magic then that Mara didn’t always know when she was awake and when she was dreaming."
  • Ana
    Reseña en español // English review here The Ross family decided to move to a remote island with their two daughters to live a more peaceful life. A large, pink-ish and abandoned mansion makes for their new home; however, despite their feigned efforts, it will never be completely renovated. Truthfully, it will never be anything but a house in ruins. Come hell or high water, the Ross family seeks desperately for a place to stay grounded. Mirr...
  • Helen
    This story is a fantastical meld of folk/fairy tales and magical realism. I have read very little magical realism before so found it a little hard going to begin with but the story itself was captivating and I became so invested in the characters that I couldn't put the book (Kindle) away and had to stay up late to finish it off (within 24 hours).We follow the Ross family through a tragic accident which affects each family member in a completely ...
  • Emma
    First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.This is the second Kirsty Logan novel I've read, and The Gloaming reminded me of The Gracekeepers in a lot of ways - good and bad.Let's start with the good: Logan's prose is gorgeously evocative, conjuring up wild landscapes, dreamy tenderness and all-too-human awkwardness with equal ease. This is definitely a fai...
  • Moray Teale
    On the island where Mara and her family live people don’t die, the go to the cliff where they remain, gazing out to sea with the waves crashing beneath, their presence a haunting reminder of what is to come for the islanders. And Mara’s family is haunted by many things, long-ago decisions, new desires and a devastating loss that has scarred Mara inside and out. A new arrival seems to finally offer the chance to move on but the budding relatio...
  • nicky
    3.75 / 5 A strange book that I marked as "atmospheric" on my list, which is technically the highest compliment for me and yet I did not love this book. I couldn't quite place it. Was it fairytale or a lesson on real life through a fairytale? A story about grief and how we cope? A story about learning what love is? Atmospheric though, it was, no doubt about that.I loved it as a modern fairytale, I loved it for the scottish chapter names, the flowy...
  • gem
    Anyone who loved The Gracekeepers will be equally delighted with The Gloaming... and anyone who didn't read it, well, read this and then immediately read The Gracekeepers!Utterly beautiful, enchanting and totally unique! This applies to the writing, the setting, the characters and the plot. It really is magical realism at it's best.I loved The Gracekeepers and feel like this book made me understand that book better, so I'll definitely be re-readi...
  • Lauren James
    The Gloaming by Kirsty Logan - magic and fairy tales, families and death, stone and water and bones. The writing is so poetic and easy to read, and I swallowed it up.
  • Rochelle
    I loved the fairytale vibe and the magical realisme Overtone of this book. The writing was simply beautiful and I loved the story; intriguing and heartbreaking at times.
  • Laura Tisdall
    A warning: Kirsty Logan’s The Gloaming is another of 2018’s promised mermaid novels that’s a little short on actual mermaids. However, it’s long on atmosphere, imagination, and a charming lesbian love story. Islay, Mara and Barra have grown up on a tiny Scottish island, after their parents, Signe and Peter, brought them there when the two eldest girls were very small. Signe and Peter have compelling backstories of their own; Signe was onc...
  • Christina Reid
    Anyone who loved Kirsty Logan's previous novel, The Gracekeepers, should also enjoy this. This is a spiritual prequel although I don' t think you need to read them in order of publication as each stands alone. This story is set on an island steeped in dark magic where those who come find it difficult to leave. Those who stay become slower and stiffer, until they eventually make the climb to the hill and become statues staring at the sea which sur...
  • Michelle
    I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.This is a beautiful, bittersweet fairy tale of a book. A story about love and family, full of magic and myths and folklore. The author has a gorgeous, whimsical writing style and I can't wait to read The Gracekeepers now.
  • Megan
    The Gloaming is a lovely new piece of magical realism from the author of The Gracekeepers, and I really enjoyed it. It was a gentle, dreamy sort of read, but there was a darker undercurrent which kept me intrigued.Mara, Islay and Barra are the three children of Signe and Peter, who have come to the island to set up a bed and breakfast in a ruined old mansion. Their lives are pleasant and magical, but then tragedy strikes and their lives are chang...
  • Callum McLaughlin
    I read The Gloaming in just two sittings. Having been instantly swept up by its tone of melancholy and quiet magic, I simply didn't want to put it down. Above all else, it's a book about stories; how integral they are to our very existence; how they change over time; the things we add to them and the parts we choose to forget because they're just too painful; how no two people interpret a story in the same way, but how no version is any less true...
  • Jordanne ~ Bloodthirsty Little Beasts Blog ~
    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.2.5 starsOkay, so I’m 80% sure this is a beautiful and haunting story about grief and overcoming loss and life, finding love, etc, etc but I’m 100% sure I just didn’t get it.Now, admittedly, I haven’t experienced a loss so very close to me and I did sympathise with the characters greatly for all their hardships and losses (it was about 7 chapters in I realised ...
  • Connie
    4/5 stars I received a free copy of this book on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  'But then, she soothed herself: we cannot be held responsible for every pretty lie we tell to our children.' Although The Gloaming has chapters from other points of the view, the primary focus of this novel is on Mara, a middle child, and her life upon the island she was raised on for the latter half of her life. Then tragedy strikes. Magic returns to...
  • miss.mesmerized mesmerized
    Peter, a boxer, falls in love with Signe, a ballet dancer. This unusual match somehow triggers nature and becomes something very special. Signe soon falls pregnant, but of the three babies, only one, Islay, survives. After they had their second daughter, Mara, they move to a remote Scottish island into a huge house. This is where their third kid, the long awaited boy, Bee, arrives. Yet, the forces of nature demand donations and soon the rough sea...
    Read full review @https://ecstaticyetchaotic.wordpress....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 Sig...
  • Beth Younge
    I had previously read The Grace Keepers by Kirsty Logan and was thrilled to get accepted for an arc of her new one. I found this to be very much like her first one, with intricate locations and beautifully written narrative. I really enjoyed the unknown aspect that seemed to lurk under the text.I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Shiku
    Die deutsche Rezension findet ihr auf meinem Blog._____________________________Content NotesDrowning and familial death, severe injuriesThe Book"The Gloaming" is a loose prequel to Kirsty Logan's previous novel, "The Gracekeepers". An absolute must read for fans, but also a good start into Logan's writing if you haven't read any of her works yet. Personally, I couldn't spot any specific connections between the novels, though it's been a while sin...
  • Daisy
    Quality Rating: Four StarsEnjoyment Rating: Five Stars◆ Thanks to Netgalley for this ebook for review ◆Oh, for the love of fairytales. This is a story made for lovers of books, of the sea, of fairytales, of love stories and of magic. It's halfway between a fairytale and a literary fiction novel itself, and it sucked me in straight from the start.It's not exactly what I would call magical realism - at least not in the literal sense. Which is i...
  • Laura
    Hauntingly written The Gloaming by Kirsty Logan follows the life of the Ross family in their tatterdemalion guest house, practically falling in to the sea, on an unnamed island somewhere in the Scottish Hebrides. It’s an island where no one really leaves, figuratively or literally, with some strange magic drawing every wanderer back and every death is not a death but a slowing down, slowing until the islander turns to stone on a cliff facing th...
  • Svenja
    1.5 starsThis was so goddamn depressing. Apparently the island is evil. or maybe the sea. or the dead? Who knows, it sure as heck didn't get explained.Anyway, everyone suffers, everything sucks, people die and die and keep dying and in between we get thrown through the timeline because chronological plots are for the weak.The cover is absolutely gorgeous but the characters are just too much in a bad place all the time to say anything about them (...
  • Clare
    This is a story which weaves the fantastical and the real together so well. It's set on a small, remote Scottish island, where the people there believe selkies and turn to stone on a cliff top, looking out to the ocean, when they die. Mara Ross and her family live in a run down castle, which they never quite manage to repair. After her little brothers death, Mara leaves the island with Pearl, who she often refers to as a mermaid or a selkie (it's...