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Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite
On the world where Sorrow's Knot takes place, the tribe of Free Women think they live on the edge of the earth, and there is nothing beyond the forest. It is their job to protect the tribe, or at least the binder's job. The story tells us of three young kids who are trying to find their places in the tribe, but they aren't going to stick to the old rules. Otter feels that she is going to be a binder - her mother is a binder - but little does she know her mother has other plans for her, and refuses to let her daughter learn to be a binder. The shock and sadness causes Otter to move into an old hut that was abandoned, followed soon after by her two best friends, Cricket and Krestel. They each use the magic they have to find their way, to understand the old stories, and to unravel the mysteries that are their world. Erin Bow wraps the unknown of a foreign world with the familiar and weaves a story that will keep you glued till the very end.
Sorrow's Knot is a fantasy tale because it takes place on another world, but you will forget that as you read the book. As you start reading, it feels more like an old Indian folk legend from long, long ago that wraps around you as you read. There are mysteries in the old stories, and Cricket finds them first, and I think I enjoyed that because he was the least valued in their tribe. It only made sense that Erin Bow would bring him to the top. The characters are teenagers, which is what puts it in that coming-of-age story group, but it so much more. Teens and adults alike will love this book, and enjoy the world that has been created.