Sorrow's Knot

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Sorrow's Knot

By Erin Bow

Arthur A. Levine Books, Hardcover, 9780545166669, 368pp.

Publication Date: October 29, 2013

Winner of the 2014 Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy, from the author of PLAIN KATE
At the very edge of the world live the Shadowed People. And with them live the dead.
There, in the village of Westmost, Otter is born to power. She is the proud daughter of Willow, the greatest binder of the dead in generations. It will be Otter's job someday to tie the knots of the ward, the only thing that keeps the living safe.
Kestrel is training to be a ranger, one of the brave women who venture into the forest to gather whatever the Shadowed People can't live without and to fight off whatever dark threat might slip through the ward's defenses.
And Cricket wants to be a storyteller -- already he shows the knack, the ear -- and already he knows dangerous secrets.
But something is very wrong at the edge of the world. Willow's power seems to be turning inside out. The ward is in danger of falling. And lurking in the shadows, hungry, is a White Hand, the most dangerous of the dead, whose very touch means madness, and worse.
Suspenseful, eerie, and beautifully imagined.

About the Author
Erin Bow was born in the Midwest and studied particle physics in college, eventually working at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. She then decided to leave science in order to concentrate on her love of writing. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario, with her husband James and their two daughters. Erin Bow can be visited online at