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Soulwoven (Soulwoven #1)

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Litnig Jin has spent his life yearning for the power to weave the souls of the dead into magic. His brother Cole has spent his believing in nothing bigger than his own two hands.

When a dragon sinks its claws into their nightmares, their lives will change forever.

A dream of moving statues, shattered chains, and seething clouds of darkness sets the brothers on a journey into
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Paperback, 444 pages
Published February 21st 2014 (first published February 20th 2014)
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Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

I'm adding this novel to my list of books I'm not exactly sure what to make of. I guess it might sit better with readers who really like fantasy stories with typical tropes, which I'm not at the moment, so take my review with a grain of salt.

I found Soulwoven to be full of interesting ideas, especially when it comes to the characters and their relationships. The plot itself is of the fairly straightforward, "typical fantasy" kind
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The Speculative Post
Mar 11, 2014 The Speculative Post rated it really liked it
Shelves: dan-s-reviews
There’s been a big resurgence these days of the sword and sorcery subgenre in Fantasy. A lot of hack and slash amidst very personal settings and plots, where the characters are just handling their own issues, and the fate of the world isn’t really hanging in any balance. Jeff Seymour brings us back to the halcyon days of Fantasy where a group of companions sets out on a journey that may prevent or bring about catastrophe. It lends a great sense of scale to a story, knowing that serious events of ...more
Rachel
Nov 06, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 10-14 Year olds
First off, I'm going to just state here, I won this book in the Goodreads First Reads giveaway, and when I got it in the mail I was quite excited to read it...

It is a very beautiful book. I love the cover art, and the thickness of the pages... And now for the actual review.

I thought that it would be pretty great based off of what little I knew of it, so I dug in, and found that it really wasn't all that I had built it up to be in my head.

I really wanted to like this book, but honestly? It seemed
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Paul
Aug 13, 2015 Paul rated it did not like it
Shelves: own-ebook, read-2014
Website: commontouchoffantasy.com
Youtube Review: http://youtu.be/UhMmB_6MiZA

Soulwoven by Jeff Seymour, is an ambitious novel by a self published author,with a captivating world, that is comfortingly familiar, but lacks the depth that the reader wants out of it.

1/5 - rescored from a 2. Just didn't like it.

The sequel to Soulwoven, Soulwoven:Exile was just released December 12.

Pros

+ Fascinating world and magic system that begs to be explored

+ Fast paced story

+ Some interesting characters

+ Holds bac
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Angelya (Tea in the Treetops)
Soulwoven is a proper old-school high-fantasy, complete with dragons, swords and sorcery.

Brothers Cole and Litnig each have strange dreams that lead them to an awful discovery. The heart dragon statue at the temple has been broken, the soulweavers guarding it butchered. If the other heart dragons are broken, the great dragon Sherduan will be released from banishment and wreak destruction upon the world once more. The brothers set out on a journey with various other companions to protect the othe
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Rose
Aug 20, 2014 Rose rated it it was amazing
I should explain my rating first. The story itself I give four stars. The extra star gets added on simply because, as an entire package, this is the best self-published book I have seen to date. Everything is well done: the cover art, the editing, the typesetting. It even puts many traditionally-produced books, which are sometimes lazily-done or rushed to the presses, to shame.

As for the story itself: it reminds me why I stopped reading epic high fantasy, but in the best way possible. The author
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Bret James Stewart
Jan 19, 2016 Bret James Stewart rated it it was amazing
Jeff Seymour’s Soulwoven is the first book of an epic fantasy series you need to check out. The book itself is nicely done. The cover art is attractive, and the book is written with professional quality design and layout. Self-published books sometimes lag in this area, but Seymour cares enough about his art to do things right.

The story is also intriguing. It is a quest tale wherein the protagonists, primarily brothers Litnig and Cole Jin, set out to prevent the awakening of an evil power after
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Katrina Southern
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I'd give this one a 3.5 stars rather than 3, if Goodreads would let me! I spent a lot of reading this book wondering whether I actually was enjoying it or not. It wasn't by any stretch of the imagination a bad book. Seymour built a very interesting world and the rules that it abides by in terms of magic were pretty cool to learn about. I loved that the main characters were memorable too, each with their own distinct ...more
Kathrin
Aug 24, 2016 Kathrin rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book.

The book follows several characters along their journey to save the world from the destruction through a dragon. Everyone of them has their own secret and slowly the build relationships between them after being thrown together into this adventure.

To be honest, I had my difficulties getting into the book. It's very character-driven and it jumps chapter-wise from one POV to another. This made it hard for me in the beginning to see what was going on. I felt lik
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Jaymi
Oct 12, 2014 Jaymi rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, 2014
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this eBook from netgalley.com in exchange for a honest review.

The cover drew me to this book. That and the short description and the fact that it was a successful Kickstarter campaign. Jeff Seymour has done something interesting with this book. He has blended fantasy, wonderful worldbuilding, and a multiple character story-telling style all in one. This is the tale of six souls brought, or woven, together to save the world.

Multiple personality stories aren't
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Kim Dyer
Jul 06, 2014 Kim Dyer rated it liked it
An honest review based on an AR copy that I received from NetGalley.

It is clear from this novel that Seymour excels in writing complex and interesting characters. There are several primary protagonists in Soulwoven and much time is spent in fleshing them out, ensuring that they are realistic and that all of their actions make perfect sense.

However, beyond this, I found the story to be a little underwhelming. The plot is very standard high fantasy fair, containing many clichés that are used over
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Sarah Fairburn
Jul 24, 2016 Sarah Fairburn rated it really liked it
I received the book from a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

Firstly, the cover is beautiful and the pages have a heft I haven't felt in a book for years.

For the middle-grade age range this book is geared towards, it nails it. For my own mind, I thought the characters were a little half-developed. I... sort of... got to know them, but not truly. I didn't really think there was a depth to their relationships- just felt shallow. However, for younger readers, I doubt they'd be as critical as those of
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Alysa H.
Oct 20, 2014 Alysa H. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I haven't always had the best of luck with high fantasy, but I liked Soulwoven quite a lot. It's a rather traditional epic quest story in many ways and has plenty of well-rendered action, but it's primarily character-driven, and with characters that grow and change in interesting ways. Most, but not all, of the characters are young adults and their questing functions at times as a bildungsroman.

The multiple POV's (I counted 7, plus 2 more that are introduced quite late in the game) are handled
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Kent
Jul 16, 2014 Kent rated it really liked it
I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway and found it quite enjoyable. Jeff Seymour created a believable world for his story with an interesting system of magic. The characters were believable and I will keep my eye out for the sequel, once it is available. When that book does become available, I hope there will be more exploration of the relationship between Ryse and Leramis. This book does not conclude the story and leaves the characters in a difficult situation. Loose ends are everywhere ...more
Sara
Apr 24, 2014 Sara rated it liked it
This book gets kind of a mixed review from me. There were times were I couldn’t put it down and times were I just wasn’t motivated to pick it up. This story was really character driven, everyone pretty much lived in their head. There are a number of characters, each with their own secrets and motivations. Yes, they all want to stop the dragon and save the world, but how are they dealing with this journey to do so? How well can they trust the others they travel with and how can they ever trust ...more
Eric Fomley
Jul 09, 2014 Eric Fomley rated it really liked it
Reading Jeff Seymour's 'Soulwoven' reminded me of why I want to write fantasy. Jeff's world comes alive with beautiful imagery in this astounding first volume of what I expect to be a wonderful and unique series. The characters are sketched with depth and its hard not to love Litnig, Cole and the relationships that are developed in the adventure that unfolds before them. Soulwoven is a good read and an easy one at that. The story is well written and the plot compels the pages to turn. Before you ...more
Jo Deurbrouck
Sep 15, 2014 Jo Deurbrouck rated it liked it
Jeff was a guildmate in my MMO years, so it kinda hurts to only click 3 stars, which in today's inflated star economy feels a little like a slap. Please note that 3 stars is supposed to mean I liked it.

What's also true, though, is that a few months later, all I can remember about "Soulwoven" is that the book struck me as standard-issue fantasy, constructed in the expected shape out of the usual tropes. That said, I LIKE fantasy. I LIKE the usual tropes.

More to the point, Jeff can write a solid
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Matthew Travagline
Apr 28, 2014 Matthew Travagline rated it really liked it
Well what can I say? This is one intense fantasy world. You always know you're in for an adventure when there's a map in the front. I want to give this book a solid 4.5 stars. I love the characters and I feel for their relationships amongst each other. Where I have trouble though is the whole time spacing and the traveling in conjunction with the conflict. And I thought that Dil, Cole and Lit were supposed to travel back south after one moment but they continued along. Maybe I missed that part ...more
Stacey Cross
Apr 16, 2015 Stacey Cross rated it liked it
I found this a little flat for me. I enjoyed the story and could a nice series coming from it, but I just didn't care about the characters. I couldn't connect with them, probably due to the flipping between PoV in the book I felt the characters lacked depth and were simply names on a page rather than characters that I root for and cheer on.

The three star review reflects that I recognise the potential of the story but it just didn't catch me.

Inevitably I judge books on how eagerly I approach read
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Jan 06, 2016 SELF-e added it
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Sachin Dev
Feb 24, 2014 Sachin Dev rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-good-reads
Harks back to the basics of Fantasy tales: an epic journey, a desperate band of misfits trying to save the world from a prophesied evil.

But don't be taken in by the tropes they seem to follow: Some fantastically gorgeous prose and some really cool action sequences and a plot that revolves around some unforgettable characters who would make you cheer for them!

Here be more coherent thoughts: http://bit.ly/MoGbiH

It's like coming back to familiar turfs in high fantasy. but a very alluring tale of
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Ann
Jan 27, 2015 Ann rated it it was amazing
This book was a lot of fun to read. I really enjoyed to the characters. I love the fact that each character had their own secrets, and their own motivations. Very well done! I am definitely going to start reading the second book in the series.I also like the fact that each character was being tested, and trying to figure out how much they can reveal about themselves, and how much they can trust one another. Very well done
Mutasem
May 08, 2014 Mutasem rated it really liked it
I am one of the original backers of this book, and I would say that was money well invested. The plot was beautiful and grasping. The characters development was great, having loved and hated some characters. The language is simple but that was compensated by the amount of creativity that flowed into this. I was annoyed by how too much "telling" and not enough "showing", but this kinda faded in the second half. Def worth your time if you enjoy fantasy reads.
Kendall
Mar 20, 2014 Kendall rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful adventure! The imagery in this book is by far my favorite. I loved the world Seymour created and the characters were not only believable but people you couldn’t help but get attached to. I can’t wait till the next book!
The Bookend Family
May 12, 2015 The Bookend Family rated it it was amazing
This book has the best opening line, It hooked me right into the story and never let me go. It is one of the best fantasy books I've ever read because it also has a bit of mystery to it. The characters were relatable. I highly recommend this book to readers of all type..
Blake
Apr 20, 2014 Blake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Soulwoven is a fun read. It builds plenty of momentum towards the end and leaves you excited to jump into the next book, hopefully sometime soon!
Steve
Dec 23, 2014 Steve rated it did not like it
I'm not sure how many more viewpoints this story needs to be told from but I can't keep up with all the shifting characters. I'm done.
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A rated it did not like it
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Bradford Bates rated it it was amazing
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Author, freelance writer, and editor Jeff Seymour has been creating speculative fiction since he was a teenager. His writing touches a variety of genres, from magical realism to science fiction to epic fantasy. Jeff’s nonfiction has appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine, and he spent two and a half years helping Harlequin's Carina Press build its sci-fi and fantasy program. He presently works as a ...more
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