The Binding by Bridget Collins

The Binding

Imagine you could erase grief.Imagine you could remove pain.Imagine you could hide the darkest, most horrifying secret.Forever.Young Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a strange letter arrives summoning him away from his family. He is to begin an apprenticeship as a Bookbinder—a vocation that arouses fear, superstition, and prejudice among their small community but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.For as long as he c...

Details The Binding

TitleThe Binding
Release DateJan 10th, 2019
PublisherThe Borough Press
GenreFantasy, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Adult, Lgbt

Reviews The Binding

  • Paromjit
    Bridget Collins has written a beautifully imagined piece of fantasy historical fiction, a sumptuous love story, of poor farmer's son, Emmet Farmer, and the wealthy, privileged Lucian Darnay, doomed to be star crossed lovers. In this world, books are not what we would recognise them to be, books are for all those things that people feel destroyed by and cannot live with in their lives. They are extraordinary hand crafted, leather bound repositorie...
  • Will Byrnes
    We’ve been called witches since the beginning of time. Word-cunning, they used to call it—of a piece with invoking demons…We were burned for it too. The Crusade wasn’t new, we’ve always been scapegoats. Well, knowledge is always a kind of magic, I suppose. Emmett Farmer is a young man with issues. He used to think that he would inherit his family’s farm. It was the life he was used to and the road he expected to follow to, and beyond,...
  • Ova - Excuse My Reading
    This is a difficult one to review. I think I expected this book to be more fantasy than it currently is. It started very slow for my liking, and I think if it wasn't all the PR campaign and the interest that's built on Social media, if this was a book I've myself picked, I'd probably give up around 20%. But I continued reading because I was really intrigued, also the reviews are really good for this book. Sadly I will not join the fan base, this ...
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    The premise of The Binding in one sentence : terrible people are terrible, and when I say terrible what I really mean is everyone. It's terribly gruesome and disturbing at times and portrays abuse in many shapes, yet I couldn't look away. For the past few days, I've been wondering why I was so damn affected by a novel that many of my friends found lacking. Yet I'm pretty sure that the sense of dread I felt came from how very realistic the horrors...
  • Hollis
    I'm starting to become a little disillusioned with upcoming releases by unknown or new-to-me authors. THE BINDING has an excellent marketing campaign, a gorgeous cover, and was a book I wanted to get into my hands, desperately, due to a (inaccurate) comparison to a book I love. However, for this reader, the insides don't match the outsides.This book has three parts to it. The first act is slow, plodding, and mired in the familiar 'other character...
  • Umut Reviews
    2.5 stars. I had high hopes for this book, really loved the premise, but I think it’s one of those cases that it delivered something else than promised. The idea sounded very original; people’s bad memories binded in a book, so that they don’t remember them anymore. It sounded like it has fantasy elements, some magic with interesting characters. The book is divided in 3 parts. I loved the first part, but things went into a completely differ...
  • Caroline
    ***NO SPOILERS***In this surprisingly emotional fantasy–literary fiction blend, books are sordid things, definitely not read, and locked away in vaults at reputable companies with names such as Lyon & Sons. Each book in this world contains the wiped memories, most often horrible, of one person. Destroy that book by fire, and restore the horrible memory. Or, in rarer instances, destroy that book and restore destroyed lives. On the simplest level...
  • Emer
    I FREAKING LOVED THIS!Historical fiction mixed with folklore and magical realism, and a love story that gave me all of the feels!!!!!!!! YASSSSSS. Do yourself a favour and read it. Perfect for people who liked The Thirteenth Tale or The Shadow of the WindONE FAULT THOUGH The freaking blurb on the back cover gave away a plot line that didn't occur until page 161.... Like I get that I probs would have figured it out anyway BUT STILL! Robbed me of s...
  • Katie.dorny
    SPOILERS AHEAD I loved this! And the gays get a happy ending!!!! 2019 is treating us good!!Emmett is a sick young man, but he is handed off by his parents to a binder - a woman who can take traumatic memories and bind them in books to make you forget. She has specifically requested Emmett as her apprentice.Emmett is a conflicted, flawed but wonderful young man with good morals. Lucian is a trapped middle class brat who wants what he can’t have ...
  • Jojo
    I had such high hopes for this book, and I'm left feeling dreadfully disappointed. This book was overhyped, and that I'm positive of. I really couldn't wait to get my hands on this. The plot sounded intriguing and I adored the cover. Lets be honest, it is quite something, and I was kind of lured in by it. This book consists of three parts. The first part was slow, and it really, really dragged. The second was better, as I think it is the only par...
  • Lou
    The Binding, Bridget Collins's first adult novel, is a book full of wonderful magic and searing heartache. A special hybrid of fantasy and historical fiction, it is a sumptuous and emotional affair which is substantial in its sincerity and exquisite in its writing. The premise, that memories you wished to be forgotten can be bound and effectively erased from a person's life, is a unique one and one I was on board with from the beginning. But this...
  • Jane
    I was drawn to this book by its intriguing title, by its beautiful cover, and by the promise of a story in which books were fundamental. They were but they were books quite unlike any that I had ever read. They were books that held dark secrets and unhappy memories; drawn out from peoples minds and bound into the elegant leather-bound volumes by Bookbinders, so that memories were erased, secrets were concealed and the troublesome pasts were secur...
  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    Title: The BindingSeries: StandaloneAuthor: Bridget CollinsRelease date: January 7, 2019Genre: historical fiction, fantasyI had such high hopes for this book and I'm so disappointed that I didn't love it. When I read the synopsis it sounded like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind which is a favorite film of mine. It's about a couple who have broken up and erase each other from their memories to forget the heartbreak they suffer from. The twis...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Very difficult book to review this, without giving away the secrets that make it pure magic on the page, but let’s see how we go.Imagine if you could bind away your memories in a book – once written and bound you forget. You can leave the bad behind. Is that good? Or would it empty you of that which makes you who you are..Emmett has been unwell, a fever of the mind, when he is called to learn the trade of the bookbinder. So begins an unusual ...
  • Tanja Berg
    I picked this book up at the airport on Friday. It was lying by itself and I was drawn to the beautiful binding. The sheer beauty of it and the promising blurb made me pick it up. It seemed to hold the promise of magic.I didn't really find magic. I found a broken boy, Emmet, who is being sent of to become apprentice to a binder. That means that he is to bind people's memories into books, making them forget terrible things they did or were exposed...
  • Kelly
    I was very lucky to receive a beautiful proof copy of this book from the folk at Borough Press and I am so pleased I did. This is a phenomenal book that is going to be a front facer in the fantasy section for a long time coming. The story of a young man who is summoned to be an apprentice binder is beautifully written and full of emotion. A wonderful imagining of a world where your memories can be taken from you, if you wish, and bound into a boo...
  • Nigel
    I was intrigued by the idea of this book. I enjoy a well written fantasy read. The idea that a binder could take away a person's painful memories and put them into a book was novel to me.Certainly the opening chapter appealed and was powerful. We have Emmett, a boy working on his family's farm, who is ill. He is to be apprenticed to an ageing binder against his will. Binders are seen by many as akin to witches and to be avoided and feared.The boo...
  • Kindling Micky
    THE BINDING felt to be a unique read, within a historical/magically-orientated world. THE BINDING is about my favourite subject, books. It is about the making of them and what is behind the whole need to make a book; it wasn't at all what it seemed to be. More than anything, THE BINDING was about the binder, a young man, an apprentice, Emmett Farmer. This is a book that started slow, and for me, it had pacing issues right through the first half. ...
  • Deborah Ideiosepius
    This book is an interesting example of light magic realism used in a otherwise realistic scenario. The book is set in a vaguely medieval setting (We have pistols and some machinery, coaches ect), though not much writing is dedicated to expanding on the world building of time and place.This novel is, essentially a YA love story with the slight twist that the romance is LGBT rather than standard. The twist to the romance, and the world, is that in ...
  • Tahlia
    Blog Post:*I was provided with an ARC of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinion. All quotes used may be subject to change upon publication.The Binding was one of my most highly anticipated releases of 2019, and so I was more than eager to get my hands on it, and I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t have quite high expectations g...
  • AnnaG
    Great concept, but didn't live up to its potential in my opinion. I wasn't keen on the characters and I kept on thinking how much better a plot I could have come up with based on this concept.
  • Menna van Praag
    Every so often, once in a decade if I’m lucky, a book comes along that grips me with such force that I lose my mind a little. In my pre-teens it was The Water Babies, in my teens Rebecca, in my 20s The Time Traveller’s Wife, in my 30s The Night Circus. In my 40s it might just be The Binding - unless something comes along in the next 9 years to trump it, which I can hope for (who doesn’t want that experience again?!) but suspect is unlikely....
  • Ithil
    Immediately after finishing it: This is probably going to be a massive hit next year. I loved every second of it and the characters. OMG they have shown me their story, not told me, and I have lived it with them feeling it deeply. What an amazing book. I'm so going to be recommending it!You need to read this book. You just don’t know it yet.This is going to be a difficult review for me due to the fact that I absolutely loved the book and I’m ...
  • Angel McGregor
    What a phenomenal book!! I received a proof of this book at a Bookseller event, and had the privilege of meeting Bridget Collins and hearing her speak about her story before I read it. Listening to her was fantastic, hearing where her ideas came from and how the story developed. The intriguing idea of books being true stories, bound from people who want to forget, or needing to in order to make money, was one that intrigued me on a level that I t...
  • Rosemary Standeven
    I did enjoy this book – the central love story was very well done, as was the portrayal of class structure and social expectations – but I felt that the fantasy angle had not been fully thought through. The book is in three parts – the first two narrated by the main character, and the third by another central character. The fantasy aspect is generally confined to the first and last parts, with the middle section almost free to be a straight...
  • Eddie Clarke
    A tricky one. I usually react negatively to books I perceive as over-hyped (whatever their merit), and this one is being hyped to the point of posters on London Underground. It owns literary twitter. Bookshops have huge themed windows and tables piled high. And nevertheless I found myself in possession of Waterstone’s exquisite exclusive first edition with purple sprayed page block.Visually, the book is gorgeous. Also, the premise intrigued me ...
  • Malish
    Kocham!Nie jest idealna (jaka jest?), ale ma swoje specjalne miejsce w moim serduchu i pewnie dlatego dałam jej 5 gwiazdek. Czasami są takie książki, które po prostu nas ruszają!Pięknie napisana, tajemnicza i magiczna. Literatura piękna z elementami fantasy :) Czekam na inne powieści Bridget Collins w tej dziedzinie!
  • Beadyjan
    Isn’t it wonderful when you hear about a book you’re certain you’ll love.Isn’t it awesome when you are granted a copy to read and review before most folk get to read it? (Thank you Harper Collins and Edelweiss+)Isn’t it amazing when you love it even MORE than you thought humanly possible?Isn’t it brilliant to be able to shout about it and tell people how amazing it is? And isn’t it hard to find the right words to do it justice?To sa...
  • Carlene Inspired
    Emmett is drawn to books despite his father's warnings to stay far away. Books are not what we think them to be, they hold secrets, pain, and the power to change a person's life forever. They are magic. Bookbinders, as they are called, are able to lock away a person's memories, some are artists and others use their ability for evil. Though he's desperate to deny his calling, Emmett is a book binder and while he is trained to respect the task and ...