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, 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...
  • Beata
    Magical realism is never my first choice and it is the genre I hardly ever decide to read but I never refuse a novel that manages to incorporate it into a good story. And this is a splendid example of such combination that forced me to continue reading till late hours. The idea of binding your memories into books and leaving none left is both brilliant and terrifying. The Binding cast a spell on me that I will take some time to reverse provided I...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Lucy Langford
    4****This book was spellbinding and included an original concept (about books!) that I had never read before; it completely ensnared me into its pages.The tale starts of with Emmett, a farmer from a small house in the country, plagued by nightmares which in turn effect his work. Suddenly one afternoon, he receives a letter, telling him that he must go to be a binder, a job that promotes fear, prejudice and superstition among communities.Emmett go...
  • Jillian
    If this was a recipe it would be 1 cup romance with a teaspoon of fantasy and a sprinkling of fun . It’s a male to male romance in 1800s I’m guessing though it never specifically says, in a world where all bad memories or anything you want to forget can be binded in a book and stored safely away, or so it is supposed to be. Dun dun dunnn. I liked it I got it as an arc on a giveaways here on goodreads . I started it as soon as it came in the m...
  • Emer (A Little Haze)
    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...
  • Beverly
    Set in the Victorian age with a dusting of fantasy, The Binding is a gritty, realistic love story. It was surprising in many ways and I would caution the reader not to read the flyleaf. It is broken into three parts, each very different, the first two are from the point of view of Emmett, a farmer's son, the last is in Lucian's mind, a rich aristocrat with a brute for a father.Everything about the setting is the same as Victorian England, except ...
  • Jo (The Bookish pianist)
    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...
  • Jenna
    "Which was worse? To feel nothing, or to grieve for something you no longer remembered? Surely when you forgot, you’d forget to be sad, or what was the point? And yet that numbness would take part of your self away..." There are times in life we all go through painful things, things we wish hadn't happened, and which make us sad and anxious, or worse, to remember. What if you could have those memories removed? What if you could choose what you ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Marialyce
    Some books entice you with their details , their wonderfully alluring premise, and work their way so very well into your imagination, that you are ever so sad to see them end. This was such a book.Emmett Farmer is to become a book binder. This is no wonderful thing for him since this is a profession that is feared, filled with suspicion and ill omens, and one he is loath to consider, and yet here he is apprenticed to Seredith. She is an old binde...
  • Ingrid
    Brilliant story, very cleverly written. I liked the first 100 pages best, after that it became grim. The ending was satisfactory, but the book was completely different from what I expected and I'm still not sure if that is a good thing or not.
  • Donna
    I was excited to begin this book with its interesting premise and the promise of a blend of fantasy and reality. And I was not disappointed at first. I was intrigued by the Victorian style world the author created, one in which books aren’t filled with fictional stories that are for purchase, but rather, ones that are filled with memories of people who chose to have them removed from their minds by book binders. Those memories would then be kep...
  • Ana
    Well, this was a surprise! ‘Emmett,’ he said, ‘don’t ever let me see you with a book again. You understand?’I didn’t. What had happened? I’d bought it, I hadn’t stolen it, but somehow I had done something unforgivable. The Binding is far from perfect and, in some particular aspects, it barely scratches the surface, but I am forever fascinated with stories that deal with the subject of memory loss and its consequences and, in thi...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Lisa Vegan
    I knew a bit going in and this is one time I’m glad I did. Early on a shelf I saw on my friend’s shelving gave me a huge hint about one detail and I guess I’m okay with that too, even though it took a while to be sure of what was precisely going on. I did quickly figure out some things on my own. Other things I kept guessing which was fun. The detailed reveals never disappointed me.I enjoyed the writing and storytelling style. For me it sta...
  • Cendaquenta
    I adored this book. Truly. I'm honestly struggling for words to talk about it.I was so deeply invested in this story that the scenes played through my mind like a movie and, were I an artist, I could draw every setting. So deeply invested that a tragic moment left me short of breath and tearful. Of course, I have at least some level of investment and interest in every book I read, otherwise I wouldn't be reading them, but the most recent book tha...
  • Brenda Waworga
    Im so glad i love The Binding story as much as i love the cover!! this was a total cover buy book and dive into this knowing nothing about this book and basically just expected nothing tooThis book is kinda a mixed between Historical Magical Realism and Romance set in Victorian era and i love it The Story divided into 3 Parts.. Part 1 about the Magic system where people can bind their memory (mostly memory they dont want to remember) onto a book!...
  • mina
    ↠4+I finished it, it took me some time but I finally finished it. And to be honest I don’t know should I kick myself for not finishing it sooner or pat myself on the shoulder. I loved reading this so much.Collins created a world where books are forbidden and feared, where Bookbinders are looked upon as witches that can steal memories that they bind into books and all that is narrated with a wonderful, eloquent writing. I must say that I usual...
  • Darce
    H O L Y S H I R T B A L L SThis book is my life. I am stunned by how incredible the writing was, how incredible the characters were, how incredible the storyline is. The Binding is such a unique and interesting book, and as are the ideas that fuelled this book. A book about books, and what amazing books they are. Memories, captured and preserved and taken from a person forever. To be used for good or used for evil, this idea is stunning and I lov...
  • 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...