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!
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