A review by wogslandwriter
The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

emotional inspiring reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


There are few books in the world that have imprinted themselves on my soul. This book is one of them. I do not think I will ever forget this book. Rachel Kadish expertly wove the present and the past together to create a beautiful and poignant story of excellent prose. She uses third person limited along with some expository sections to tell the story. I have read many books that have tried to do what Kadish did in this book and only she has fully achieved her goal. 
The paths of our three main characters: Helen, Aaron, and Esther are interwoven and unique with parallels between them all and a satisfying conclusion for each of them. Despite being fictional, I also learned a lot from the historical surroundings of the book and I look forward to doing more research on the history of the Jewish diaspora in the 17th century.
This book will change your life and you should definitely read it as soon as you can. I rented the audiobook for free from my library and it was fantastic.

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