I recieved a free copy of this from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Fate would never understand why she did what she did for the lower beings, but she did not need understanding. Her reward would be their triumph. And it was yet far away, and would be long in coming, but she could wait. That was what being such as she were created for. Waiting, and Weaving.
Kate Merin is a sorceress who, along with her two brothers Albert and Micheal, travels back to the Cretaceous era when they go through a Dirunian Portal. There, they meet their ancestors and team up with them in order to return home. When they return home, they are once again thrust into the limelight with a dangerous quest given to Kate by greater forces than herself.
Weaver proves a very promising start to a series and shows Arandez to be a promising author. I rather enjoyed the plot and the mystery and magic that surrounds it. I found it an original concept and that it was executed rather nicely.
I enjoyed the characters, though I felt some fell kind of flat, (Morgana being one, perhaps this was because the characters first introduced did not play a prominent part and were not in for the majority of the book), though I found that this improved later within the novel and secondary characters such as David and Elly were more developed. One thing I did find a tad wierd was that Micheal and Albert picked up the Kervanian language unrealistically fast. It was nice, however, that it was the children who took a leading role and that Kate was very well educated on Kervanian matters.
One thing that perhaps could have been done better was a lot of the explanation. A lot of it is done through dialogue from Kate to her brothers. I can see why Kate’s brothers would need filling in, I just found that a lot of the dialogue in the first half was centered on explaining things and perhaps it may have been more effective had Kate done it through her thoughts or a general overview to the reader. This, again, was improved in the second half of the novel, and the dialogue became much more realistic and less focused on explanation.
In regard to world-building, I think Arandez did a great job. The Kervanian past, as well as the planet Kervanis which is introduced later, are well developed. Though, the Kervanian’s in the Cretaceous period, having lived so long ago, would havevery differing atmosphere and customs. Regardless, I still enjoyed the world-building, though perhaps a sort of glossary(?) for all the names and such would be helpful to the reader.
Generally, the second half of the novel improved and I think that was because the characters were more developed, the world building was better and the plot became much more intricate and interesting, especially when the planet Kervanis played a part.
Overall, an enjoyable read that I would probably recommend to fantasy lovers.