The Braided Path by Chris Wooding — book review

The Braided Path by Chris Wooding. Gollancz ‘16.99

Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins

Kaiku’s family is slaughtered yet she is saved, granted life by a strange companion and awakened to the truth of what lives inside her. Now, bereft of her old life and with only her father’s mask to keep the burning desire for vengeance alive, she journeys to the heart of Saramyr politics to seek answers.

Through their masks, Weavers harness the ancient magic of the Witchstones, enhancing the capacity to create and destroy. The immense power has granted them access into the heart of the empire’s control, and now they plot from within threatening the very land itself. The Braided Path takes Kaiku and the allies she meets on a journey to the centre of the Weavers secrets, but more will be discovered there than she would ever wish to see or experience.

Bringing together his trilogy in one volume, Wooding’s intricate and exotic world plays landscape to a fantasy that is as dark and disturbing as it is enlightening and compelling. The addiction of the Weave and the lure of the magics in Saramyr are handled with a deft control over visual imagery, and the threads of the story play out in a narrative that is rich in detail and complexity.

The Braided Path by Chris Wooding. Gollancz ‘16.99

Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins

Kaiku’s family is slaughtered yet she is saved, granted life by a strange companion and awakened to the truth of what lives inside her. Now, bereft of her old life and with only her father’s mask to keep the burning desire for vengeance alive, she journeys to the heart of Saramyr politics to seek answers.

Through their masks, Weavers harness the ancient magic of the Witchstones, enhancing the capacity to create and destroy. The immense power has granted them access into the heart of the empire’s control, and now they plot from within threatening the very land itself. The Braided Path takes Kaiku and the allies she meets on a journey to the centre of the Weavers secrets, but more will be discovered there than she would ever wish to see or experience.

Bringing together his trilogy in one volume, Wooding’s intricate and exotic world plays landscape to a fantasy that is as dark and disturbing as it is enlightening and compelling. The addiction of the Weave and the lure of the magics in Saramyr are handled with a deft control over visual imagery, and the threads of the story play out in a narrative that is rich in detail and complexity.