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Weaver's Web (The Weaver Saga) (Volume 1) Paperback – October 12, 2016
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About the Author
Bets Davies began writing novels at nine when she decided to write the adventures of her My Little Ponies. At twelve, she finished the book and at fifteen she stopped editing it and wrote a new novel. At the University of Michigan she turned her narration to mainstream fiction before graduating with Creative Writing/Literature and Psychology degrees with high honors. At Mills College, she focused on memoir and poetry and received a Master of Fine Arts with high honors. However, she could not turn her back on her first love forever, and returned to fantasy with new knowledge and skills. She currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her two dogs and a macaw. She is saving money to buy her own bassoon. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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So let's start there, so I can explain why I kept reading later and end on a positive note. This book had a severe case of insta-love/lust going on, something which I really dislike. Weaver and Jamie meet in the first chapter of the book and within a day Weaver is undeniably drawn to Jamie and he to her. While insta-love is a trope I really dislike, most of the time I can tolerate it as long as it is not the sole focus of the protagonists. In this case, Weaver and Jamie's 'developing' relationship completely got in the way of what, in my opinion, was a pretty okay story. Every time, and those times were numerous, the story turned to Weaver obsessing about what to do about Jamie, or Jamie thinking about Weaver, or Weaver and Jamie together as a couple, I just wanted to roll my eyes and yell at them to get on with it back to the story. Because while both Weaver and Jamie are adults, they moon over each other like love-struck calves. It just didn't feel believable and to me was just incredibly annoying. So much so, that I contemplated just walking away from the book several times.
Why did I keep reading then, you might ask? I kept reading because the bare bones of the story, while perhaps familiar, were really fun and Davies takes some interesting monsters along in the mixes of her mythology. I liked the adding in of the Olmec Jaguar Spirits and the Russian folk tale figure of Baba Yaga, which meant that Davies adds some unique elements to her world, which could have stayed in the rather familiar supernatural territories of elves, vampires and werewolves. Her vampires even make fun of today's sparkly vampires, by having Jamie dress in an Edward hoodie and saying he's being ironic. In addition, Davies has a very facile and pleasant writing style, which makes reading on very easy. This easy writing style - by which I mean easy to read, I don't know about easy to write - combined with what in its basic premise is a sound plot is what rescues this book from being a disaster in my opinion.
So, in the end, I can't say I wholly enjoyed Weaver's Web. As it stands, I just had too many problems with it to whole-heartedly recommend it. As a first encounter with Davies' work, I'd far rather recommend her second novel, Rebirth, which in my opinion is far stronger. However, if you like the insta-love trope, this is definitely a book for you; alas, it's what let the book down for me.
This book was sent to me for review by the publisher.