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This is Collins' second book for adults and she freely admits that it's partly inspired by Herman Hesse's The Glass Bead Game. Since I've never heard of the Glass Bead Game I can't say. Amazon describes it best : At Montverre, an exclusive academy tucked away in the mountains, the best and brightest are trained for excellence in the grand jeu: an arcane and mysterious contest. Léo Martin was once a student there, but lost his passion for the grand jeu following a violent tragedy. Now he returns in disgrace, exiled to his old place of learning with his political career in tatters. Montverre has changed since he studied there, even allowing a woman, Claire Dryden, to serve in the grand jeu’s highest office of Magister Ludi. When Léo first sees Claire he senses an odd connection with her, though he’s sure they have never met before. Both Léo and Claire have built their lives on lies. And as the legendary Midsummer Game, the climax of the year, draws closer, secrets are whispering in the walls… It's a good story with a few surprises and well worth reading.
First of all it's worth saying that this is a beautiful book. Clearly, the publisher has gone to a great deal of effort, not to mention expense. The dust jacket is beautifully illustrated and underneath this the book itself is embossed, on all sides, in gold colour. The book feels very well bound and expensive. The only thing missing is a ribbon marker. The Binding is an unusual story. Binding is where a person who knows how removes someone else's memories and binds them in a book. This book is then kept secure, one assumes for all eternity. Naturally this doesn't happen so there are people who are very afraid of books and won't go near them and there are those who buy them. There are those books known as trade where people sell their memories. The central character is Emmet Farmer and it's from his viewpoint that the book is written until the last chapters where the viewpoint is from someone else. It's well written and interesting with only two question marks. One is : when people are using horses and horse drawn carriages I don't think that they would be measuring distance in metres, the other would give away the story. The author does seem to go a bit overboard with her detailed descriptions of how a character is feeling at the time and in combination with descriptions of the weather which can be a bit overwhelming to some readers. Overall though I enjoyed this book and would recommend it, with one caveat. If you are not comfortable with the thought of homosexuality this book isn't for you - these descriptions are not detailed nor torrid but it's very clear.