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The Braided Path: The Weavers Of Saramyr, The Skein Of Lament, The Ascendancy Veil

The Braided Path: The Weavers Of Saramyr, The Skein Of Lament, The Ascendancy Veil [Kindle Edition]

Chris Wooding
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An omnibus volume of the acclaimed oriental fantasy from one of the genre's most exciting young talents

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The story of an exotic oriental world. The empire of Saramyr has relied on the secretive sect of Weavers for far too long. Now the Weavers, manipulating space and time through the Weave of existence, are plotting the overthrow of the families. Their motives twisted by the Witchstones they draw their power from.

As the empire crumbles the disowned abbearant daughter of the empire and a few scattered rebels must find out the secret of the true nature of the witchstones and rescue the empire from depravity and the rule of demons.

Chris Wooding has an unrivalled flair for Machiavellian plotting, explosive description and memorable young characters. This is the ideal first adult fantasy for his teenage fans.

This edition includes The Weavers of Saramyr, The Skein of Lament and The Ascendancy Veil.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2224 KB
  • Print Length: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; Omnibus Ed edition (5 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #102,087 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Lets get this out of the way first shall we, this novel is quite possibly one of the best fantasy books that I've ever read.

It's set in an exotic and highly original oriental location, and before more well read fantasy fans say this has already been done, Wooding really tries to differentiate this world even further by putting it in a more advanced setting with rifles, steam boats and even hints at a deeper, more scientific explanation to the gods and magic of the world he has created.

The story (like most novels of this length), is too complex to summarise really. Let me just say that it follows a noble born girl who, upon finding that she has the power to manipulate a sort of "magical" force called the Weave (a bit like the matrix), is then outcast by a society that shuns her as a freak. Along the journey we meet lots of characters which, despite the fast paced nature of the novel, are fleshed out amazingly well.

And therein lies the magic, I belive, of Chris Wooding. The novel is set out almost like a pulp fantasy, moving along at a sometimes movie like pace. But contrasting this is an amazing political and emotional complexity which makes one wonder how these two styles can be mixed to such great effect. A good analogy would be that it has a lighter version of the polital games and manouveres of George RR Martin, but with a faster paced more action filled story; the balance stuck is simply a joy to read.

In conclusion, I always get annoyed by reviewers saying things along the lines of "BUY THIS BOOK NOW YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!", but ironically I really cant think of a better way to recommend this book to anyone wishing to give fantasy a try, or indeed to any genre fan.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A reminder of how good epic fantasy can be 16 Feb 2009
The Empire of Saramyr is vast, rich and powerful. The Blood-Empress Anais tu Erinima is one of the most powerful and respected rulers in Saramyr's history, and her rule seems secure. However, the nobility learns that Anais' daughter Lucia has magical powers, marking her out as an Aberrant. Amongst the people of Saramyr only the Weavers are allowed to wield magic in the service of the Empire, and Aberrants - especially women - are to be killed on sight. Anais' determination that her daughter will follow her onto the Imperial Throne splits the nobility and incurs the displeasure of the Weavers, and the seeds of civil war are sewn.

Meanwhile, a young woman named Kaiku and her handmaiden Asara are the sole survivors of a devastating attack that leaves her home in flames and her family murdered. Taking refuge in the wilderness, Kaiku learns that she also harbours the powers that mark her as an Aberrant, but as she travels through Saramyr, trying to find the secret her father unearthed that got him and his family killed, she gradually learns that the Aberrants are not the wanton forces for evil the Weavers have presented them as, and that the Empire is facing many threats to its existence from within and without.

The Braided Path Trilogy was originally published between 2003 and 2005, consisting of the novels The Weavers of Saramyr, The Skein of Lament and The Ascendancy Veil. In 2006 the three books were re-released as a thousand-page omnibus simply entitled The Braided Path. It's well worth tracking down the omnibus edition with its plethora of maps and a very handsome cover.

The Braided Path is an epic fantasy and contains all the requisite battles, political intrigue and memorable characters the subgenre demands.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy at it's best 25 Sep 2009
I had grown bored with the Fantasy genre it all seemed to be so predictable,that was until i read this trilogy.There are no whiter than white heroes in these pages every character has flaws ,secrets and their own agendas,this makes for many twists and turns in a story that keeps you gripped from start to finish.
This is a must read for Fantasy fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too cynical and downbeat for my liking 5 Jan 2012
I... really didn't like these books.

On the plus side, they were well written, and the world carried an excellent scent of eastern mysticism.

However, it was too much 'the world is all nasty and people are all nasty and corruptible' for me, including numerous truly horrible scenes that seemed to be there only to show how horrible things were. I'm also not sure why people decided to let a bunch of magicians *who by their very nature are evil and prone to fits of random cruelty* have so much power over the place to start with.

Chris Wooding generally seems to favour a depiction of the world that others probably find gritty and I find so horrible and cynical as to be unrealistic; but as I said, he does write well, so if that appeals to you then go for it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Simply too slow ! 17 Sep 2014
If I didn't know better I would swear this was written by a woman. That's not meant to be a derogatory comment, just that I have come to recognise women have a very distinctive and different style of writing to men.
The difference I have come to recognise and one which Chris exhibits is the tendency to dwell on irrelevant detail. Or that's my opinion. I'm sure there's other readers out there who love pages and pages of detail and minutiae but I don't. I like to envisage world and settings myself and I like writers to keep a reasonably face paced story moving along. Feist, Gemmel and others do this really well. So do some female authorers but for the most part they, and Chris tend to go off at tangents for pages describing setting that are utterly irrelevant, well to me at least. Anyway after literally forcing myself to read nearly a hundred pages of the book I simply couldn't do it any more. Endless descriptions of things and page after page about which god did what and which spirit is responsible for what ... it just drove me nuts. I wanted to yell at the book, monty python style "GET ON WITH IT !"
Long story short. I found this too slow and too much of a chore to continue with. Sorry Chris.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliantly complex story
Story follows the growth of a girl coming into a set of strange abilities in an even stranger sudo Japanese country where Weavers play puppet maters behind the scenes. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Zangetsu
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Series of books
This is a collection of three books put into one complete volume. The story is well written and the plot lines are good enough to keep you reading it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. P. S. Whyte
4.0 out of 5 stars A great story
THis is an excellent story set in a sort of Japanese/Chinese society. It is full of action and intrigue. The evil is very evil,The good are pretty normal people. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Peter Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars my read
item is just what it said it was.good seller will buy again from this seller, very good buy quick delivery met with my expectations couldnt put down till i finnished
Published 18 months ago by DOUGLAS JENKINS
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as his more recent books
I'm sorry but I got bored and gave up a third of the way through the second book. It may improve and I may start again but life is too short to read boring books.
Published 23 months ago by F. A. Parkin
3.0 out of 5 stars Competent but just lacks spark
This book left me a bit cold. The scope and ideas are there but somehow the book fails to involve except here and there during the odd passge. Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2012 by P. Hammond
4.0 out of 5 stars a word of warning...
A word of warning about one aspect of this book. It weighs in at 1.115kg!!!

The story was unusual and interesting. Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2009 by AnetteF
4.0 out of 5 stars The braided path.
I bought this book for my grandson. All I can say is that he really enjoyed it. He also enjoyed the fact that all the books were in one volume so he didn't have to wait to get the... Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2009 by Adelaeck
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