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The Braided Path (Braided Path #1-3)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  201 ratings  ·  27 reviews
The three books making up the richlytextured, darkly evocativeBraided Path trilogy are collected here: The Weavers of Saramyr, The Skein of Lament, and The Ascendancy Veil. The empire of Saramyr has relied on Weavers, asecretive sect of magicians,for far too long. Now the Weavers, manipulating space and time through the Weave of existence, are plotting the overthrow of the ...more
Paperback, 992 pages
Published September 28th 2007 by Gollancz (first published September 28th 2006)
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This is the first trilogy that I've come across where each book is better than the last. For me, I usually find that the first is best and the second is the worst, with the third somewhere in the middle. With The Braided Path I struggled a little with Weavers of Saramyr The country and culture of Saramyr is hugely complex and seems to be largely based on Oriental culture. While it was an interesting premise, it was only with the increasingly complex story that I really began to enjoy this series ...more
I read this entire trilogy very quickly so it feels more like one novel than three.

As I needed something fast paced with a lot of plot, "The Braided Path" really was what I was looking for. It does have quite a lot of nice plot and it is fast paced. Gunpowder, treason and plot, that it has in abundance. It also has magic, spirits, politics, ass-kicking, monsters and ass-kicking of monsters.
It feels a bit unfair to put so small a section about it, but without spoiling anything it's the best I can
I really thought about this one and came to the same conclusion. Why did this get a four-star rating even though it had all the fancy ingredients to be a five-star? I dunno, but Something bugged me enough to bring it down a peg, so I'll site it down by listing pros and cons for clarity's sake

Good story- I’ve read better, but I still found it held its own, and besides, I think what makes a good story is usually a matter of taste and/or expectations. For example I was listening to my uncle l
I feel like it isn't reasonable to rate a book without reading it. That said, I've done it anyway.

I've added to the growing list of books that will I maybe someday try again. I've given this 2 stars instead of one because while all the points below are negative, there were still small parts of the book, such as the magic system and demons that were enjoyable.

The world building and cultural references were bland and too closely aligned to Japanese culture for what is supposed to be a different
JJ DeBenedictis
This book is really a trilogy squished into one book, so it's almost 1000 pages long and probably weighs as much as your head.

I quite liked this one! I tend to be an impatient reader and big ol' fantasies are often too slow for me, but this one had a nice pace and a strong story. I liked the characters, and I liked the fact there are so many strong female characters, where "strong" doesn't automatically mean "kick-ass warrior"--it can also mean "delicate, pretty political genius" or "wallflower
I love Wooding's Ketty Jay novels, and had heard good things about this trilogy, so I read it with high hopes. For some reason it never really took off for me. The books are well written - sometimes a little portentous, lacking the lightness of touch of the Ketty Jay books, but still more stylishly written than most epic fantasy books out there. Wooding is not afraid to take chances, or to make shocking decisions with his plot and characters. And the setting is interesting, vaguely oriental but ...more
Spectacular !!!
The second book in the Braided Path epic builds on the foundations laid in the introduction to the world of Saramyr and its vicious magic weavers. while the story suffers a little from the middle of the series syndrome, the characterisation remains strong, we get to find out more about the world and about the wevers plot to dominate it. The battle sequences toward the end more than make up for the slower parts in the middle, and the epilogue foreshadows some of the surprises the a
The only reason why it's a four star review is because of the characters and the settings. And the first two books. Having gotten into Wooding through his Ketty Jay series and having read Fade, Havoc, and Malice afterwards, I expected this trilogy to be...well, something more. Don't get me wrong, I loved the first book, a little bit less of the second, and the backdrop to all the political drama was marvelous. However, it was the third book, I feel, that has let this trilogy down. And as much as ...more
This reads like a post-modern fantasy. There isn't much to set it apart from your ordinary, quick and perfectly acceptable read in its general sweep and over-arching story. It's just that in all the details it is different. Pseudo-Asian rather than pseudo-European. Women rather than men. Power that universally does harm rather than good. Not a thing wrong with any of that but the whole book just got sort of tedious because it ended up just being an inversion of every fantasy cliche imaginable. T ...more
To be clear, I didn't actually finish the series. I finished the first 2 books, but couldn't finish the third.
I love Chris Wooding. I've read 2 of his other books and found both of them to be well written and very different from each other. I did not enjoy The Braided Path whatsoever. I found it predictable, dry, and unnecessarily repulsing, especially with the weavers.
This will not stop me from reading more of Chris Wooding, but I will definitely be borrowing them from the library rather than
Gilda Smith
amazing series!
Pavlo Tverdokhlib
One of the few attempts by a Western writer to write epic fantasy in an "Asian" setting. The novelty of the setting itself makes this one worth picking up, and the story delivers.

World-building is quite nice, characters generally have believable motivations. The author does a very good playing with the classic trope "gaining power through a horrible price", and the story manages to stay interesting until the end. Certainly recommended to anyone who wants something a bit different out of epic fa
Really good! Builds slowly but it gains momentum as the story unfolds. Wooding avoids many of the cliches of the genre to deliver a fully realised world with complex characters whose political machinations rival those of the Borgias or Meddici. Best fantasy I have read in ages.
I'm not going to sit here and pretend I know books. What I do know is what I like and what I don't. With that said I have mixed feelings about this book. I found parts of it amazing and other parts long and drawn out. But as I turned the last page I found myself a bit choked up. It's worth a read.
C-Cose Daley
Absolutely stunning!!! It was a very pleasant surprise to find a "fantasy" novel that was firmly based on Eastern myth and archetypes. Wooding cleverly presents spirits, meta-powers (kana), good vs. evil, and the various relationships that develop over time in a new and completely engrossing manner.
It was ok, nothing special. The first book weavers of Saramyr was pretty good but i really struggled to keep interest with this series and it seems to have taken me forever to finish. The story has some nice ideas, and Chris Wooding writing is good but i found the plot and most of the characters a bit dull.
Melissa Wilson
Overall, I really like the trilogy. The characters and settings were really fleshed out. I didn't like, however, was the overarching feeling that "men are evil" that really kind of stuck out during the last half. Despite the oppressive and sometimes depressive atmosphere, I would read again.
Dawn Howie
I originally read this trilogy as single books and remember avidly waiting for the next one to come along. I have now read nearly everything Chris Wooding has wrote. I have to say this series of books will always rate as my favourite beautifully written original storyline and well thought out.
I was disappointed in this novel. It had the character development that I expect from Wooding but it was too political for my to really get involved in the story. I read the first of the three in the trilogy and could not find the desire to read the other two.
Wayne Jones
I read this compilation on the strength of Wooding's "Tales of the Ketty Jay" series.
I was surprised with how well the Weaver books are written, being the first major novels that Wooding wrote.
Toby Anderson
recently read this and it went stright into my top 10. Amazing trilogy - oriental world slowly decaying and the mutations spawned become it's ultimate saviours. Sexy and emotional. 10/10
Mar 18, 2008 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adults
Recommended to Jessica by: Marian
Shelves: fantasy-books
I really enjoyed this series. If you like this you'll also like. The Daughter of the Empire Series
Plainly written generic fantasy, I did not finish it. As a last resort for severe fantasy withdrawal...
I loved how gritty this omnibus is. It keeps my attention even though I've read it before.
This is an outstanding fantasy series!!! Very original.
Not bad by the end but very slow on the middle.
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Chris Wooding grew up in a small town in Leicestershire, where not much of anything happened. So he started to write novels. He was sixteen when he completed his first. He had an agent by eighteen. By nineteen he had signed his first book deal. When he left university he began to write full-time, and he has been doing it professionally all his adult life.

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