This tag line is what instantly drew me to this book and I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. I’d seen the title floating around a bit and heard some good things but not too much to make my expectations soar. Which I think is the best way to go into a book – with little to no expectations. But what I did know is that I was intensely interested in the story and what lay beneath the cover because even from the cover alone, I had a feeling this book would be special.
Every now and again, a book comes along that reminds you why you read. It reminds you why you reach for books again and again and again and why you find so much joy and clarity in other people’s words. The Immortalists was one of those books. It took me quite a while to read – a little under a month in fact – but I don’t believe that has any reflection on the book. It’s not a Thriller or a Mystery where you need to keep reading in order to find out the big twist. It’s not a romance where you wanna know if the boy got the girl. It’s a very steady, character-driven story about love, life, magic and death. And you can’t rush that. Not for a second.
So a little about the book. We start with our 4 main protagonists as children, Simon – the youngest, Klara, Daniel and Varya – the eldest who have gone to see a psychic whom they heard about through word of mouth. They’ve gone against the will of their parents who would have certainly not allowed it and they’ve gone because according to sources, this particular psychic can tell you the date you’re going to die. All four children enter the psychic’s room alone and leave with no idea how much that day has shaped the rest of their lives.
The book is split into 4 sections from then on of each of the siblings and where they go and what they do in the five decades after their visit with the psychic. We follow Simon and Klara to San Francisco where Simon finally has the chance to figure out who he really is and Klara on her mesmerizing journey as a Las Vegas magician, a morally-conflicted Daniel and finally Varya, who’s dedicated her life to science and the study of longevity. How much of an impact has the mysterious psychic woman all those years ago had on the four of them throughout their lives?
The Immortalists is one of those books I wish I could un-read so I could re-read it all over again for the first time. After having been reading this book for so long, I genuinely feel like there’s a gap in my life where the Gold children once were. I’ll never forget the Gold’s and they all brought so much to this story and their own stories left you with so much to think about. I don’t want to get into too much detail about any of them because of spoilers but I do want to mention Klara, who was clearly my favourite.
Klara is a magician who’s loved and practiced her slight of hand since she was a kid. My boyfriend is a magician, so a lot of the tricks she talks about, the methods and the inspiration behind them I truly understood because I’ve seen my boyfriend perform and practice some of the same tricks and I’ve certainly seen a lot of the “bigger” tricks Klara does being performed either on stage or on TV shows. The way Klara talks about magic and it’s place in the world is absolutely beautiful and it certainly gave me a new level of appreciation for what my boyfriend’s been doing since he was a kid too.
The Immortalists delves into so many different areas of life including love, relationships, dreams, fate, destiny, death, illness, morality, mortality and most importantly, family. The book itself doesn’t really have a story-line, the characters are the story-line. Their lives, everything that happens to them and how it’s all intertwined really is the heart of this story and in the time you’re reading this book, it’ll be the heart of your story too. Obviously with the main characters being 4 siblings, family plays the biggest and most vital role in this book and I found myself really crying at the end, not because it was particularly sad but because I don’t have any siblings and it made my heart feel really damn heavy.
If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?
The Immortalists is one of those books that only comes around every once in a while. It’ll consume you whilst you’re reading it and be all you can think about when you’ve finished. It’ll be the book you keep on your bookcase because when you look at the spine, you know the corners of your mouth will turn up. It’ll make you think about things you’ve never contemplated before and it’ll definitely be that book that you recommend to anyone that will listen.
And utterly magical but deeply moving story about four normal children, told in an extraordinary way. Dazzling.
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* This book was sent to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. My thoughts are unbiased and entirely my own.
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Fantastic review! I think I’m going to have to read this now.
Hope you love it!
this one is already on my TBR but I’ll now be moving it up 🙂
Hope you love it!
Sounds really good thank you for mentioning this to us all. As a spiritual person my self and psychic I help those learn how to connect to those on the other side so these kinds of books seem interesting to me. Look forward to your next recommendation.
that book sounds amazing! thank you for sharing it x
It really was 🙂
I got this one for review awhile back! I have not gotten around to it yet but this definitely made me bump it up on my TBR!
Ooh I hope you love it as much as I did!
Sound interesting xx
As someone who is terrified of death, I can certainly see both sides of the argument, but I think I am happy not knowing.
Oh so am I! But this book was fascinating and so magical!
Wow, this book really touched you. Always a good sign! It sounds amazing though and I would certainly read it.
Hope you get around to it!
It sounds like a great read. I want to read a lot more and I think this will be a great place to start.
It definitely would be 🙂
After reading your review I REALLY want to read this book! It sounds like it is a really good read! 🙂
It was incredible, hope you get around to it!
Wow this sounds amazing! I love that feeling when you finish a book where you just want to go back to the start and experience it all over again. I’m adding this to my list now 🙂 xx
Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk
Hope you enjoy! Would love to hear your thoughts!
Again…I just love your book recommendations. This is another I’ll be adding to my list. I’ve heard so much about it and now after your review. It’ll be in my next book haul 🤓 Thank you!
Hope you enjoy it!
This book sounds really interesting x
It was indeed.
Fantastic gripping and informative review … your passion for the book is contagious and one I’m adding to my list of books to read! Many thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much! What a lovely compliment! I hope you enjoy this one 🙂
I am not a book reader kind of a person but this review make me want to read this book. Story sounds really interesting and the tag line is really attractive to know more about this book.
You should start reading! I bet you’ll find something you love 🙂
Very nice post, i am interested to read this book, it seems very nice!!
Thank you 🙂
This sounds an amazing read! I’m definitely going to have to try and find a copy after reading your review. I can’t say I had heard of it before this, but definitely want to read it now. Thanks for the great review.
You’re welcome 🙂 I hope you enjoy it!
This book sounds amazing! I love stuff like this that can really get in your head and make you think. I’m going to have to pick this up. It sounds so good. The tagline has me thinking already x
It definitely will leave you thinking! I was thinking about the outcomes of this book for days afterwards!
Wow, Jenny, that is an amazing review. You say it’s rare to find a book like this. Well, I think it’s equally rare to find a review like this too. I trust your judgement completely, I’m putting it on my shopping list now. Thank you for the recommendation xx
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Wow thanks so much Lisa! I do get a bit carried away when it comes to books like this 😂
The tagline indeed is very intriguing. I have not heard of this book before but it does sound amazing! Perfect for an evening read!
Certainly was 🙂
I must admit, I haven’t heard of this book before but it sounds absolutely amazing. Especially the way you seem to have connected with it and been so invested in the characters. Thanks for sharing! Xx
Awh thank you! It really was special!
Brilliant review for quite a curious book
Thanks – curious ibdeee!
This book sounds so fab, added it to my book wishlist – thanks for sharing lovely! 🌸✨
With love, Alisha Valerie x | AlishaValerie.com
Hope you enjoy 🙂
I need to get this book! It sounds like my kind of book!
Love, Amie ❤
The Curvaceous Vegan
It was wonderful 🙂
Thanks Jenny, The book certainly sounds intriguing.
PS I wouldn’t want to know…Not many would! Best wishes.
I certainly wouldn’t want to know either!
This book sounds brilliant. Definitely on my to buy and read list!
It really was magical! Hope you enjoy 🙂