Friday, 4 May 2012

Of Weft and Weave by Clive S. Johnson

The complex tale follows Lord Nephril, Dica’s Master of Ceremonies, and his oddly assorted companions who take up the challenge of saving the kingdom themselves. What comes to light is a multi-layered fabric of interwoven interests and conflicts that takes them far beyond the comfort and safety of Dica. Their journey marks an absorbing rebirth of ancient myth and legend, as alive and immediate now as in its dim and distant past.

At its heart is Leiyatel – the Living Green Stone Tree – preserver of the realm’s fortune and wondrous creation of the ancient Engers of Bazarral, but there’s more to their world than her own Certain Power, more within Nature’s far wider and wiser domain. Book Description
As you know if you read my review of the first book set in this world then I was looking forward to this novel, which can sometimes be a bad thing as your expectations are set higher. Well I will just say before I give a quick rundown that it did not disappoint, in fact it easily met my expectations so that a lot of the first review could apply to this novel as well.
It was quite exciting to come across well-loved characters & the Authors very descriptive and quite frequently poetic style of writing, but what was most interesting was the fact that this was an inhabited Dica, something I had wondered about all through the first novel. Some things were as I expected but a lot was not, the sense of place for everything was wonderfully described, the people themselves & the communities that they lived full bodied with unexpected surprises along the way.
I thought that I would know which way the story was heading, but no just as you thought that you had a grasp on the situation the story took a path that you didn’t expect,  exciting and clever writing as I was kept guessing at every turn. New aspects of known characters were shown as well as new characters, all interesting in their own right & some like ‘Steermaster Sconner’ could quite happily have stories of their own.
The writing like the first novel is complex, with quite a number of issues that do get you thinking, especially as they have plenty of weight in today’s world.
Again I’ve kept this short as it should be experienced; there are a lot of surprises that I don’t want spoil. All I will say finally is that the world of Dica has been opened up wonderfully, a lot of things have unexpected answers & there are even more questions now as to how it came about & the ending will be a surprise (It was for me, still undecided though).
 It finished a little too soon for me as it has gripped my imagination and I want more, though in what form that this might take I have no idea, exciting. Oh I nearly forgot, the illustrations are great, a real unexpected bonus; which definitely add to the whole experience.
Writing the second novel like a bands second album is difficult but the Author has done a good job for me so it will have to be given a highly recommended again. This world & writer have lots more to offer.
                                              5 Stars!

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The Aquablogger said...

It takes a good imagination, a crack editor, and a little bit of magic to create a fantasy world that is consistent for one story. Now the author has done it in two. Bravo!

Ron Fischman

Anonymous said...

Thanks Ron, that's very kind of you. Apologies for the late response, but I've only just noted your comment, as I was searching for my latest book's review: Last True World. This one is also set in the same world, so I'd be keen to hear if you think I've managed to sustain it over three volumes now!