— William Morrow
A masterful piece of storytelling, I could not put down this book.
This is a modern literary gothic novel, but also, an epic love story and wow was it good! Some people find themselves gifted with the ability to be a Binder, whether they want it or not, one who has the power to bind memories into books. These tend to be bad, or traumatic, memories, ones that people would rather forget. But what if you had memories bound that you want back?
We follow Emmet, as he finds out he is a born Binder, and a very talented one at that, as he begins his apprenticeship in a ramshackle country manor house, all the way to the seedier world of the big city, and the different lives, and ethics, of the binding trade and it’s players. It is also a beautiful love story, which is slowly revealed as the book progresses, and you will be very much drawn to these characters, and find yourself rooting for them. A book of three parts, which will keep you flipping pages into the wee hours.
“An absolutely gorgeous novel! Collins writes Emmett in such a way that readers will experience his confusion and frustration and then have it unknotted simultaneously as his tale unfolds. The three parts of the novel are brilliantly ordered to deliver a powerful tale that will tear your heart to pieces slowly and, in one spectacular scene, mend it completely with hope and love. Do Binders provide healing and comfort, or are they wicked magicians determined to leave you empty? What are you willing to risk for someone you love?”
— Angela Shores, Adventure Bound Books, Morganton, NC
“The Binding is a dark, atmospheric, heart-wrenching tale in which the binding of people’s memories into books helps them forget their darkest traumas and protect them from their crimes. The more Collins’ intricate, magical tale unwinds, the more dangerous and unruly the practice of ‘binding’ becomes. At its core, this is a story about the beauty and power of books. Ethics, emotion, and magic abound in this triumphant, beautifully woven must-read for any book lover or hopeless romantic (or both).”
— Jackie Mann, Anderson's Bookshops, Naperville, IL
#1 International BestsellerAn unforgettable novel of enchantment, mystery, memory, and forbidden love, The Binding is a beautiful homage to the allure and life-changing power of books.