*Just a gentle note, this review may contain small spoilers you may want to avoid before reading*

This book is having a moment right now. It’s in the book charts week after week and there’s a huge buzz all about it on social media, too. So, The Binding… what’s it all about? Here’s the blurb:

Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice – but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.

He will learn to hand-craft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible.

In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, row upon row of books – and memories – are meticulously stored and recorded.

Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of them has his name on it.

I’m a bit mixed with this book, to be honest. I have been looking forward to reading it for ages – just look at that beautiful cover! I got this gorgeous special edition from Waterstones with gorgeous purple sprayed edges and signed by Bridget too. It really is a gorgeous package – and that spine! Also, if you take the cover off, it’s just as gorgeous… but besides the cover and the gorgeous sprayed edges, I thought the blurb sounded interesting too. But like I’ve said already, I’m mixed with this book…

Let’s focus on the positives. I think this is a really great premise for a book. It sounds magical, exciting and a good adventure. This isn’t the sort of book I would normally go to read but I’m trying to be more open in my reading and focusing on different genres and varying my reading up a bit. I think the premise of the binding and the binders so interesting – it’s just brilliant, but I think the premise wasn’t strong enough. I felt most of the book it was a waste of time with useless characters with one line or our main characters walking in a forest for what seems like days. I would have loved to see more of the binding actually happen as I was left a bit disappointed. I feel there was a lot of ways this could have gone but it just felt flat and a bit lacklustre in parts. I skimmed a lot of the book which I hate to do.

I think Bridget writes beautifully. There are some really great and beautiful paragraphs that sing off the page. I loved the way she described certain scenarios and just her use of description in general. It set up a great atmosphere for the book. But, for me, the strongest point was the characters – especially Emmett and Lucian. God, I love these characters. I just love, love, LOVE them. I knew straight away I would fall in love with Emmett – he’s just the type of character I love reading about. I loved reading the development of his relationship with Lucian and everything in between. I think Bridget has created a very special character with Emmett and a great and interesting dynamic between him and Lucian. This is the only reason that kept me reading to be honest as I just loved the dynamics between the two of them.

For me, I’ve still got mixed thoughts about The Binding. On one hand, I thought it was a waste of time and not enough action. I would have liked to see more of the actual binding happen, I don’t think killing off a certain character didn’t help either. But I loved Emmett and Lucian so much that I couldn’t stop reading. I think this is a book that’s definitely worth a try but it didn’t blow me away like I expected it too. At the end of the book, it’s clear that there’s room for more, perhaps a series. But hopefully with a lot more magic than the first.

Have you read The Binding by Bridget Collins? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you,



  1. Hi Corey, like you I loved the relationship between Emmett and Lucian. I loved the book overall, but Part 2 was my favorite part. We read this book for our Book Group and we all enjoyed it. We would have liked to have read more detail about how the binding actually happened. I was a bit confused working out some things. So if you could help with this for me , I’d really appreciate it. Am I right in thinking that Part 2 took place before Part 1? And that is why Emmett had a binding done, because of part 2. Did Emmetts sister do a binding that we didnt read about? For what reason did Lucian choose to have a binding done? Thanks Tracey

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    1. Hi Tracey! Yeah, i’m pretty sure that’s happened before the binding but I was a bit confused too but I think you’re right and I think it was mostly down to their relationship and it being with a man? I think a re-read is in order! X


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