Black was the color of the day for this book along with rooks, who according to the author never forget.
BELLMAN & BLACK was an unusual read with the premise of death, darkness, black birds (rooks), the color black, and black events...namely funerals and mourning goods.
William Bellman inherited a cloth mill and made it very successful, but when a deathly illness plagued and overran his town, he had another business in mind partnering with the mysterious man in a black cloak.
Who was the cloaked man who took all the light away at Will's mother's funeral? Why was this man always around when there was a funeral?
Was this cloaked man and all the deaths in Will's family the result of Will's killing a rook when he was ten? Was this man with the black cloak Bellman's inspiration, success, or his downfall? Why were these rooks always hanging around?
BELLMAN & BLACK is a bit dark, but it still held my interest. Ms. Setterfield has a way with words and dark themes, but despite holding my interest, BELLMAN & BLACK was a bit dragged out hearing about William's life and then his new-found wealth.
Ms. Setterfield definitely did her research when it came to rooks. The different names that a collection of rooks can be called
I am going to rate BELLMAN & BLACK a 3.5/5 even though Ms. Setterfield does draw you in with her excellent writing skills, her fantastic descriptions of scenes, her brilliance, and
This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.
I LOVED HER FIRST BOOK.....