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The Time Weaver: A Novel Hardcover – June 1, 2010

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Book 5 of 5 in the Drakon Series

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Abé's fifth Drákon fantasy romance (after 2009's The Treasure Keeper) introduces Honor Carlisle, whose time-traveling powers help her fit into a dragon society hidden in the midst of 18th-century England. In an original and ambitious spin on time travel stories, Honor is at once the heroine and, from a future time line, the nemesis who drives the plot. The slow revelation of why and how such a sympathetic character could turn against her values adds dramatic tension, and the drákon's well-meant efforts to avert tragedy lead them to horrific expedients, making a welcome change from stock villains. Despite occasional purple prose and an unsatisfying ending precipitated by a third party who forces resolution on the conflicted protagonists, this story delivers a real sense of wonder. (June)
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“Abé is an immensely gifted storyteller.”—Karen Marie Moning, New York Times bestselling author

“Stunningly lyrical, sensual, and mesmerizing . . . a stellar addition to [Shana] Abé’s imaginative shape-shifting dragon series.”—Library Journal

“Spellbinding . . . Soar with Abé and be breathless with awe at her talents.”—RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)

“Sumptuous prose . . . The entire series is worthy of a Perfect 10.”Romance Reviews Today

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553806866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553806861
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Shana Abé is the author of Queen of Dragons, The Dream Thief, and The Smoke Thief. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Montgomery on June 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Drakon series has been frustrating. Some books feel too rushed, others fail to make sense. The Time Weaver is one of the best in the series, with a sense of wonder restored, the problematic abuse issues removed, and logical character development. It's not perfect, but it's everything I like about this series and very little that I don't. Honor, who we've met in other books briefly, is kidnapped from the Drakon for her own safety. From there, her story is about the peril of trying to fix the past from the future, instead of living in today.

Honor is able to move through time, but not without cost. She is drawn to her future lover, Sandu without knowing who he is. The tone of Honor's girlhood is perfect - her frustration with herself, her second guessing of her actions, her knowledge that no matter how much she tries to offer herself guidance, she won't listen. Honor and Sandu's story unfolds beautifully, with real magic in the telling of it. Alternating between different versions of themselves, the story is told through their eyes at different levels of experience.

What keeps The Time Weaver from being a five star read is the ending. While Honor's actions in other books are beautifully explained and provide real dramatic tension, the ending feels off. I don't want to spoil anything, because this is a book that is served by letting each section quietly unfold from the one before it, but the resolution bothered me. It doesn't arise from the rest of the story, except indirectly, and it supports an aspect of the Drakon culture (imperialism and conquest) I don't care for. Things in Sandu's life are never developed, because Honor drives both the crisis and the solution.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As with all of her works the book grabs you from the first page. The story is so well written you immediately feel a connection with Honor, all her thoughts and longings. The ending was unique but utterly fitting in with the story so far, even though I wish it had been a little more detailed. This is one book you cannot miss out on. If you're waiting on a paperback don't! Its rare that you read a romance novel that completely comes out with a new twist, and this one is definately worth the money! I'm so excited even now and I just finished it! I only wish I knew what was coming next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aerobebibliophile on April 15, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed the Abe's Drakon series, this is the fifth installment and is definitly not up to par with the rest of the series. Perhaps stopping at # 4 would have been better. Unlike most of her fiction this one felt a bit slapped together and definitly not what I expected. But I did finish the whole book so Abe's storytelling ability is definitly still present and many readers may really like this, it just wasn't my cup of tea.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wendy L. Hines VINE VOICE on August 13, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If they find one another in their own time, they risk everything.

Honor Carlisle is drakon`, a dragon. The females of her clan do not have the ability to shapeshift into dragon form, but the men do. In fact, the women usually don't have any gifts at all. However, Honor does and it is a well-kept secret. She has the very rare gift of time weaving, able to move back and forth through time.

Another member of the drakon`, Lady Lia, has the ability to see the future, and she has seen what happens in Honor's future. To try and change the visions, she has her husband kidnap Honor. She explains to Honor that if she were to stay in Darkfith', the town of the drakon`, she would surely perish.

Honor finds letters to herself over the next few years from the future, telling her what she should and shouldn't do, in hopes of changing the future or making it better. Honor keeps finding herself weaving to Sandu, a drakon` Prince in the Zaharen Mountains. Sandu only has mere glimpses and few words with Honor over the years as she appears and disappears, but he has his own gifts and knows she is the other half of his heart.

Honor beseeches Sandu to find her in their natural time so they may be together. But Lady Lia's visions have changed. If Sandu and Honor surrender to their passions, not only Honor will die, but all of the drakon` and the human race will as well. Honor and Sandu will have to place their faith, trust, and love in magic to maintain or restore the drakon' race.

THE TIME WEAVER is another magnificent tale from master storyteller Shana Abe`. Her world-building is remarkable and her characters are a breath of fresh air. Romance and suspense against a richly painted backdrop of dragons and breathtaking landscapes, THE TIME WEAVER is phenomenal. Fantasy and paranormal lovers will enjoy this one!
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I started this series with Book 2, The Dream Thief, and loved it. Unfortunately, the other books are not as good, and it was disappointing that the series ended on such a dreary, depressing note. This is Honor and Alexandru's story but Lia and Zane from the Dream Keeper are heavily involved in this book too.

Honor and Alexandru's romance is detailed here and I liked both of them. But this book contradicts what we were told in earlier books. In the other books in this series it said an alpha can only marry and will only accept another alpha as a mate. Alexandru is an alpha, Honor is a nice girl, but she's no alpha. So in that respect their romance made no sense. Also in Book 2, Lia was pregnant with Zanes child, but in this book she can't have children because Zane is human. But in book 1, Smoke Thief, Rue was the product of a drakon woman and human man. It's like the author didn't even bother to go back and go over what she wrote in the earlier books.
I also didn't like was the pro-slavery, pro-imperialist bent to the story the ending killed this book. This book also made me hate Kimber and Maricara from book 3 in this series. Kimber's people want to subjugate Maricara's and take their wealth and apparently she could care less that her brother will be murdered and her people's wealth stolen as long as she stays in power.

The Darkfrith dragons learn the Zaharen dragons have a mountain and castle full of precious jewels, even though the English dragons have their own wealth they want the Zaharen to mine their jewels to hand over to the English dragons. They plan on murdering and wiping out the Zaharen to steal their wealth. Honor/Rez plans to avenge the Zaharen's death by wiping out the Darkfrith English dragons. This story was detailed in books 3 and 4.
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