Book Review

Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1

Friday 27 December, 2013



Weaver: The Kervanian Chronicles Book 1

GOODREADS’ AVG. RATING: 2.8 out of 5 stars; 5 ratings.

TL;DR REVIEW: 3 out of 5 stars; The author, Katherine Arandez, provided me with a free electronic copy of her initial Kervanian Chronicles novel in exchange for an honest review of the material and that is what I plan to provide here. I truly found myself enjoying the story of Kate Merin and her adventures. If it hadn’t been for more technical matters (which can be found behind the cut), I would have been hard pressed to give this novel a higher score overall.

As a note, anything written after the TL;DR portion of my reviews may contain spoilers at my discretion. Consider yourself warned and please read at your own risk!

MY REVIEW:

The major points of focus which I wish to discuss in regards to this novel are as follows: Time travel as a plot tool, necessity of revision, and utilization of character point of view changes.

Time Travel

The truth of the matter is that time travel can be an incredibly difficult tool to utilize in writing and more often than not, it isn’t utilized well. In this case, the time travel portion of Weaver is not the overlying or even dominant theme of the novel. The synopsis is written in a manner which presents the time travel theme as a more dominant plot point, than it truly is. In fact, the entire time travel plot occurs in only the first seven chapters of the novel! It is further infuriating that once chapter seven is completed, with the Merin siblings returning to their present time, we are not allowed to progress in the present with them, instead we return to them a year later. Personally, I am not a fan of skips in time such as what occurred. We witness their return from the Cretaceous Period only to then lose a year between the end of their first adventure and the beginning of the next. I feel as if the first seven chapters of the novel could have instead been written as their own novel which could have been more fully developed with the remaining portion of the book being a separate book entirely. I feel that the books/novels/story as a whole would have greatly benefited from this type of treatment.

Necessity of Revision

I am going to admit that this portion of my review may be nit-picky or even sound harsh, but I believe in this point too much to ignore it. I found myself enjoying reading Weaver, especially reading about Alaya’s portion of the adventure. I was finding myself immersed in the Kervanian world, but just as easily as I was finding myself rudely shaken out of it in the form of grammatical errors. I know that I am not perfect when it comes to grammar, but I do my best to put forth work which is grammatically sound and I expect that of authors as well. I find this point to be so important because in being an author you only have your words and your understanding of their proper usage as tools in order to convey your story, your message, to a much broader audience. In order to do that, you must be willing to put forth a lot of thought and effort not only into what words are utilized, but also into how the words flow together to tell your story. As a reader, when I find myself coming across multiple errors (especially if they are errors which are simple and would have been easily caught with proper revision) I find myself having to break the flow of the sentences I am reading and to re-read the portion which contains the error in order to ensure that I am still able to decipher the proper connotation. This may not seem like a big issue, however, when you find yourself doing it multiple times a chapter or even sometimes per page it starts to become incredibly frustrating. I firmly believe that this novel could have benefited from further revision than what it received.

Point of View Swaps

I have previously pointed out some of the issues I have when I come across authors who utilize point of view swaps between characters in novels (yes, I am looking at you Veronica Roth and Allegiant). I felt that the point of view changes which were utilized in Weaver were necessary for the novel’s plot development, but I felt that the transitions were rather stiff or happened in a rather awkward manner. The most pressing issue I had with Arandez’s utilization of the point of view changes is that we would be in Kate Merin’s point of view for a couple chapters, then we would swap to Alaya’s point of view and we would find ourselves in a different location in the timeline than when we had been in Kate’s point of view. This would not have been such an issue, except that we find ourselves in this timeline shift without any noticeable indication of the shift other than coming across an event which happens between the two characters which we previously read from the other character’s view. I felt that these point of view swaps added some complexity in keeping the timeline straight in regards to the events which occurred between Kate and Alaya in their attempt to open the portal between their worlds.

Overall, I think that Katherine Arandez has an interesting and well developed story in the making and I can only hope that she will continue to further delve into the world of the Kervanians.

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Review By: Mel