Book Review

Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1

Tuesday 17 December, 2013

Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1

A time travel story that is filled with magic, dinosaurs, and an ancient race of humans make up the bulk of Weaver which is the first book in The Kervanian Chronicles. I was asked to read this book and I’m happy that I got this opportunity.

Weaver is about three siblings who stumble across an ancient portal, which they activate accidentally. They are transported back into time to the Cretaceous era, where they encounter dinos and their alien-ancestors called Kervanians, who are originally from a faraway moon called Kervanis. Through a series of events they end up working with their predecessors so they can make their way back home.

Weaver has all of the elements that make up a good science-fiction fantasy story. It has magic, time travel, an alien race, interesting technology, and few other things. However the execution of these elements leaves the reader feeling a bit confused and empty. The flow of the book felt rather choppy to me. For example, the descriptions of the world around these kids are very inadequate. Most of the time my mind struggled to picture their environments with ease. I found myself having to fill in the gaps (more often than not) the best that I could and even then it wasn’t very good.

Another element that felt off was the Kervanians themselves. I’ve read a lot of books with time travel and almost in every instance people of the earlier eras were vastly different than the modern day human being. Their appearance, for one, is always different. An example would be clothing. There were different techniques at making clothes back then, different materials—it just felt utterly unbelievable that the Kervanians would be an exception to this line of thinking. Okay, say it is possible for humans between millennia to maintain the same fashion sense, but what about aliens? The Kervanians are supposed to be a race from a distant moon, so in that sense there is no way that they would look like modern day people, modern day humans, right?

Physical attributes aside, there were also a lot of inconsistencies in the plot itself. The female character, Kate, is supposed to know a lot about magic as she was taught growing up by her mother (note that she’s only thirteen in this book), however, she stated herself that her brothers did not receive the same kind of training. One of her brothers didn’t receive any kind of lessons in magic. He didn’t even learn about magic until they were accidentally transported back. These details, that may seem minor (I don’t want to elaborate too much so as not to have any spoilers) create some very big holes later in the story.

In the end, Weaver is a book that has a lot of very good potential, some seriously fascinating elements to make it a fantastic piece of sci-fi literature, but the execution makes it falls short on many levels. I believe it needed a bit more creative attention-to-detail. The details are what differentiate a book between extraordinary and mediocre, and unfortunately Weaver falls into the latter category. I give this piece 2 out of 5.

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