Monday, February 9, 2015

Review of Woven, by Michael Jansen and David Powers King

I've been blog-buddies with David Powers King for almost four years now, and I even had the pleasure of meeting him and his family when they were making a trek over in my neck of the woods in Missouri. So, I know I'm pretty biased about his long-awaited book, Woven.

That doesn't matter. Why? Because this book is amazing. The best read I had in 2014.

If I had to describe Woven in one sentence, it would be: Combine The Princess Bride and the movie Ghost, add a healthy-serving of unique magic, and you'd end up with a masterpiece.

Woven's story is about Nels and Princess Tyra - two characters who are not only very different from one another, they almost repel each other like oil and water. Nels dreams of being a big hero, and all Tyra wants is to marry Knight of Avërand, Arek. But their destines intertwine when Nels is murdered.

I know. You're thinking SPOILER. But sure as heckfire, the bit about Nels dying and becoming a ghost is in the book's official blurb, so calm down.

Anyhoo, Tyra is the only one who can communicate with Nels' ghost, and after some convincing, she helps him in a dangerous quest against an evil dark force threatening the entire kingdom. I think many readers won't really like Tyra in the beginning. She's a big-time snob, and she's extremely hostile towards Nels. But dyanimc characters help make a book engaging, and Tyra undergoes quite a bit of changing and growing up throughout the course of the story.

The magic system in Woven draws the reader in. Fabrication magic is just so cool! It reminds me of other kinds of magic systems in other fantasy epics (Mistborn particularly), yet Fabrication magic is still unique and its intricacies are quite profound. The reader can understand the magic for what it is, and for those who like to dig deeper, there's some philosophical meanings as well.

Even though Fabrication is the focus in Woven, you do get a very brief glimpse of the two other forms of magic in this book. I'm hoping to explore those in future stories!

Woven is full of adventure, strong characters, magic, and a tale that is sure to pull you in and never let go. Congratulations to Michael Jansen and David Powers King!

Check out the links below, and enter to win a copy of Woven, signed by Michael and David.

Available now wherever books are sold


About the Authors:

Photo credit: Michael Schoenfeld
Michael Jensen is a graduate of Brigham Young University’s prestigious music, dance, and theater program. Michael taught voice at BYU before establishing his own vocal instruction studio. In addition to being an imaginative storyteller, Michael is an accomplished composer and vocalist. He lives in Salt Lake City with his husband and their four dogs.


Photo credit: Katie Pyne Rasmussen
David Powers King was born in beautiful downtown Burbank, California where his love for film inspired him to become a writer. An avid fan of science fiction and fantasy, David also has a soft spot for zombies and the paranormal. He now lives in the mountain West with his wife and three children.


Rafflecopper Giveaway Link (One of 5 copies of Woven – signed by both authors):
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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I got to read an early copy and really enjoyed the story!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'm looking forward to reading it.

Pat Hatt said...

Sure does sound like an awesome story and with that mix, how can you lose

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

A very convincing recommendation. Character growth makes for a great story and who doesn't love some magic and a ghost.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Yeah, this book was pretty awesome. I can't wait for the sequel!

Sarah Foster said...

Sounds awesome. I can't wait to read it!

David P. King said...

Thank you for having on on today, Jay. Seriously, running into you at the Iron Skillet was one of my 2014 highlights! :)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

So glad more and more people are sharing their experience reading Woven. David and Michael are talented writers.

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

Just calm down! ha! love it. This book has been getting lots of great reviews. It is on my hit list - I mean my TBR list.

Al Diaz said...

It was awesome. I still need to take a picture of myself with the authors, hahaha. Maybe when they happen to be near the dragon cave.

Dawn Simon said...

Sounds like a great book! Congrats to David and Michael! :)

jaybird said...

What a great promo for this book. Makes me want to read it. It's always fun to meet our blogging buddies in person. It's like, wow, they actually exist in real life!

Loni Townsend said...

It sounds great! I'm looking forward to getting into it.

cleemckenzie said...

I'm tweeting my little heart out so I can read about that ghost.

Crystal Collier said...

Yay! You know, I'm looking forward to this one. Big time. When I have time. Soon, I hope.

Mark Noce said...

Great pics! So cool that you and David got to meet up in person:)

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