Sorrow's Knot

Sorrow's Knot

Book - 2013
Average Rating:
Rate this:
From the acclaimed author of Plain Kate , a new novel about what lurks in the shadows, and how to put it to rest . . .

In the world of Sorrow's Knot , the dead do not rest easy. Every patch of shadow might be home to something hungry, something deadly. Most of the people of this world live on the sunlit, treeless prairies. But a few carve out an uneasy living in the forest towns, keeping the dead at bay with wards made from magically knotted cords. The women who tie these knots are called binders. And Otter's mother, Willow, is one of the greatest binders her people have ever known.

But Willow does not wish for her daughter to lead the lonely, heavy life of a binder, so she chooses another as her apprentice. Otter is devastated by this choice, and what's more, it leaves her untrained when the village falls under attack. In a moment of desperation, Otter casts her first ward, and the results are disastrous. But now Otter may be her people's only hope against the shadows that threaten them. Will the challenge be too great for her? Or will she find a way to put the dead to rest once and for all?

Publisher: New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, c2013
ISBN: 9780545166669
Branch Call Number: YA BOW
Characteristics: 342 p. ;,22 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

SCL_Toby Aug 02, 2017

Overall this book was a fantastic read. Erin Bow has a very atmospheric way of writing and the story and characters felt unique and real. The ending did not work for me and in the interest of not spoiling anything I won't say what happened. But if Erin Bow ever writes more in this world and with these characters, I would be happy to read it.

Dec 16, 2015

So interesting, so cool.

Although it took a bit of time for me to understand the story and I definitely struggled through the first half, the story picked up when the trio left Westmost right until the very end.

But it doesn't end here for these characters. In fact as Willow had said, it is only just the beginning.

SPL_Childrens Oct 14, 2014

Kitchener-Waterloo author Erin Bow’s Shadow’s Knots is another poignant, eloquent and eerie story for both teens and adults.

The Shadowed People have long been protected from the dead by the magical strength of the knots that are tied by a skilled binder. Their very survival is dependent on these knots, because the dead, who wish to prey upon the living, are restless … and hungry.

Otter is descended from a long line of female binders. She expects to become the village binder someday, inheriting this power from her mother, Willow - but it is not to be.

Out of love for her daughter, Willow decides to spare Otter from the lonely, difficult life of a binder and chooses someone else as her apprentice.

Then the village of Westmore is attacked. Willow loses her power and dies. Otter, who is untrained, may be the only one who can save her people from the sinister spirits that threaten to destroy everyone in the village.

There is danger, loss, sadness and a constant dark suspense in this book – but there is also a determination to survive - and romance. There is magic, too, in this chilling yet alluring book that demonstrates so well the immense power of a perfectly-told story.

Erin Bow’s earlier novel is Plain Kate, the acclaimed winner of the 2011 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

SPL_Childrens Oct 14, 2014

SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number Get NoveList Reading Recommendations

Subject Headings


Find it at PMPL

To Top