Ink Blood Sister Scribe by Emma Törzs

Ink Blood Sister Scribe by Emma Törzs Book Cover

Ink Blood Sister Scribe by Emma Törzs
Ink Blood Sister Scribe by Emma Törzs
General Fiction (Adult) | Mystery & Thrillers | Sci Fi & Fantasy
Random House UK, Cornerstone
Jul 06 2023


Joanna Kalotay lives alone in the woods of Vermont, the sole protector of a collection of rare books; books that will allow someone to walk through walls or turn water into wine. Books of magic.

Her estranged older sister Esther moves between countries and jobs, constantly changing, never staying anywhere longer than a year, desperate to avoid the deadly magic that killed her mother. Currently working on a research base in Antarctica, she has found love and perhaps a sort of happiness.

But when she finds spots of blood on the mirrors in the research base, she knows someone is coming for her, and that Joanna and her collection are in danger.

If they are to survive, she and Joanna must unravel the secrets their parents kept hidden from them - secrets that span centuries and continents, and could cost them their lives ...

In Emma Törzs’s Ink Blood Sister Scribe, protagonist Agnes journeys through a European landscape scarred by a Hundred Years’ War, her path illuminated by the illuminating wisdom of women’s writings.

Through Agnes’s experience, Törzs explores a world where literature transcends boundaries, offering solace and empowerment to those navigating the complexities of a tumultuous era. Agnes’s journey begins in a convent, where she is trained as a scribe, an invaluable skill in a world where written knowledge is scarce. As Agnes ventures out into the war-torn world, she encounters women from all walks of life, each with their own stories and perspectives.
Each meeting enriches Agnes’s understanding of the power of the written word, and opens her eyes to new possibilities for her own life. Through Agnes’s interactions with female authors, scribes, and scholars, Törzs deftly weaves together a tapestry of literary perspectives. These women challenge conventional gender roles, using their pens to document history, express their experiences, and inspire change. In so doing, they create a hidden network of knowledge and support, offering Agnes strength and guidance on her path. Agnes’s journey is not without its perils.

The Europe she traverses is a dangerous place, where violence and prejudice lurk around every corner. Yet, amidst the chaos, Agnes finds hope and solace in the power of words. She learns to wield her pen as a weapon against oppression, using her writing to speak truth to power and advocate for those who have been silenced. Törzs’s novel is a powerful testament to the transformative power of literature. Through Agnes’s journey, we witness how reading and writing can open minds, challenge assumptions, and empower individuals to make their voices heard.

Ink Blood Sister Scribe is a captivating and thought-provoking work that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring legacy of women’s writing.


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