Crewel – Gennifer Albin
This is a debut book from Gennifer and I must say it’s a fresh perspective in Fantasy Fiction.
The story line about a world that is woven like a tapestry and all of the elements of the world are the strings… highly original. Just imagine the person who controls the weaving, controls the world.
The character development in the book is excellent. I grow with Adelice as she lives the experiences that take her from an innocent sixteen year old girl and transform her into a Spinster that controls the destiny of the entire world they live in.
The plot flows perfectly from one twist to the next. Up until the end of the book I thought I had a pretty good take on who was on whose sides…. Boy was I surprised. The pace flowed fairly fast and was easy enough to follow. The action started somewhere around chapter 2 and stayed fresh the rest of the way through. Generally when I think of Fantasy novels I think of sword fights, laser fights, Magik, that sort of action, but this book was exciting and different. There was no need for violence when someone could simply remove your thread from the weave and poof….. gone. With that being said, this was more a mentally exciting book that keep you thinking and trying to figure out the ending.
The world Gennifer built was realistic enough, but the thing I liked about her storyline was that if something was missing or wasn’t quite right, it could be easily manipulated by just moving a few threads from one place to another and you had what you needed within seconds.
I have to say there is quite a bit of a cliff hanger at the end of the book…. I think I have figured out what is going to happen in the next book, but every time I have thought that so far I have been generally wrong. I guess I will just have to wait until the next book from the Crewel World series to see how good of a guesser I am.