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Soulwoven (Volume 1) Paperback – February 7, 2014
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You might find, as a result, that Soulwoven reads a little slow sometimes. That's by design. If you want to stop and think, please do. One of my favorite prepublication reviews on Wattpad called it "Very, very like a piece of steak."
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This is a great book for anyone looking for an exciting, easy, and fairly quick read. I can't wait to see what happens in the sequel!
As for the story itself: it reminds me why I stopped reading epic high fantasy, but in the best way possible. The author pares it all back down to the basics, but not to the cliches; these he manages to avoid or subvert, all the while bringing an interesting element of magical realism into the narrative. It is the humanness of the characters that carries the tale. Most of them are young, troubled, and uncertain in the face of dire circumstances, and yet never do they succumb to what I would call "Holden Caulfield Syndrome," which seems to afflict many young protagonists and render them unreadable. They are fallible, unlike many heroes of high fantasy (yawn), and yet not so fallible that it becomes predictable in its own way (*cough* George R.R. Martin *cough*).
The narrative itself is beautifully written, with a lush, descriptive quality that never goes overboard. In fact, he commits the commendable (and difficult) act of avoiding infodump entirely, allowing the details of his world to unfold organically and as they become relevant. It gives the world an eerie and mysterious feel and keeps the reader's curiosity piqued.
The story is not finished and a sequel is on the way: in a sense, I cannot judge this book entirely until I've read more, as it is in no way a standalone. But if this is just the beginning, it is one hell of a start.
The multiple POV's (I counted 7, plus 2 more that are introduced quite late in the game) are handled well. They are each distinct, and I was impressed by the author's ability to choose which POV should be used in any given scene, although there are some I would have liked to see even more of, or more deeply into.
We also get some love, unrequited and otherwise, which is important but does not overwhelm the rest of what's going on (This Is Good!), but which I found a touch predictable and heteronormative.
I wish there had been a little bit more information about the nature of magic and soulweaving in this world that Seymour has created, but this lack did not affect my overall enjoyment and understanding. Very cool novel. I'm happy I had the opportunity to read the professionally-edited version (although I've heard nice things about the initial Wattpad version as well) and I look forward to the sequel(s).
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.