Not Enough Bookshelves: Book Birthday – Plain Kate

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Book Birthday – Plain Kate

Plain Kate by Erin Bow is in stores as of today! I wanted this book the
minute I saw the cover and I wanted it even more when I read the back cover copy.

Plain Kate lives in a world of superstitions and curses, where a song can heal a wound and a shadow can work deep magic. As the wood-carver’s daughter, Kate held a carving knife before a spoon, and her wooden talismans are so fine that some even call her “witch-blade”: a dangerous nickname in a country where witches are hunted and burned in the square.

For Kate and her village have fallen on hard times. Kate’s father has died, leaving her alone in the world. And a mysterious fog now covers the countryside, ruining crops and spreading fear of hunger and sickness. The townspeople are looking for someone to blame, and their eyes have fallen on Kate.

Enter Linay, a stranger with a proposition: In exchange for her shadow, he’ll give Kate the means to escape the angry town, and what’s more, he’ll grant her heart’s wish. It’s a chance for her to start over, to find a home, a family, a place to belong. But Kate soon realizes she can’t live shadowless forever — and that Linay’s designs are darker than she ever dreamed.

I was lucky enough to get a signed copy at ALA and devoured it. It is as good as it sounds. I think it will appeal to fans of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Triology and lovers of fairy Tales.

Kate is one of my favorite heroines this year and her cat Taggle is definitely my favourite animal.

Go snag a copy and enjoy!


  1. I read the first chapter online and loved it! Looking forward to picking it up 🙂


  2. This looks SO GOOD. Totally my kind of story!!!


  3. I want this book SO badly, but none of the bookstores close to my house carry it! ARGH! I guess I'll have to buy it online…


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