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- Print Length: 345 pages
- Publisher: Doom Plot Press; 1 edition (18 Mar. 2016)
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- Language: English
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Skeins Unfurled: Prequel to The Breadth Key Cycle Kindle Edition
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The first part of the book builds, with several strands of story branching out until they are all tied together—dare I say, like threads of a skein?—in new and unexpected ways.
One brief aside: if you are intimately familiar with the Norse mythos, suspend your knowledge of it. This is loosely based on the stories you may know, but this is a new world.
This book is filled with a diverse and complex plot that will keep you turning the pages. As I said before, forget what you know about mythology while you read this book and enjoy the story that she is weaving for you. I’ll admit, the beginning was a little difficult but once you get past the prologue, the ball really starts to roll and before you know it you’ll be completely invested in this book. You will laugh, and cry, and rage with the best of them.
My favorite part of Skeins Unfurled was that at times, it was hard to tell who was a bad guy and who was supposed to be the good guy. Vanderbilt really delves into that grey area that makes you question different moral standings. There are quite a few of those decisions that leaders may have to make that seem questionable from other points of views. You may find yourself completely disagreeing with an action one character makes until you get to a chapter that follows them around and you learn the reasoning behind it. I had many moments of “….well DAMN, when you put it THAT WAY….”
I’m super excited to see how the rest of this series progresses.
And it doesn't stop with only the pantheons, but all those lowly mortals who are caught up in the chaos as well. We are shown just as many mortals as gods, and I know that I myself found myself drawn to each and every character, regardless of their station. They bring the plot together in a cohesive fashion. You see the events that happen from the eyes of several key players, but for something this massive, it would be nigh impossible to show the immense depth of this prequel any other way.
The pacing is steady, without becoming too overwhelming or underwhelming, though I did find myself wanting to finish reading about a situation certain characters found themselves in, rather than a shift in focus. But those shifts weren't bad, by any means. It kept me engaged, wanting to read more, and as such I am highly satisfied with this.
Not a light read, by any stretch of the imagination, but if dark fantasy plots with a splash of old world mythologies are your thing, definitely give this book a good once [or thrice] over. You won't regret it.
I completely skipped in with no clue about Norse gods or mythology. So much so, it took me a minute to let go of my preconceived images about Loki.
But I'm glad I did. The best thing about this book is how it blends perspectives. Leaders don't always have a clean reputation with a strong moral compass. Such is the way for the gods in Skeins:Unfurled. That's the most interesting part and it will be what causes you to want to find out what happens next.
It ambiguously blends inherently "good" vs. inherently "evil" by instead showing why these gods make their decisions. It isn't always because they are morally sound or corrupt.
It's a strong debut into the fantasy genre by ms. Vanderbilt. I look forward to the rest!
It was very refreshing addition to my fantasy novel collection. I'm looking forward to reading this again I'm a few months.
I know the kindle edition is much cheaper, but I'm so glad I got the print version the cover is absolutely amazing and worth the extra money.
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