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Weaver's Lament

(Industrial Magic #2)

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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  312 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Charlotte's magical adventures continue in Weaver's Lament, the sequel to Emma Newman's Brother's Ruin.

Charlotte is learning to control her emerging magical prowess under the secret tutelage of Magus Hopkins. Her first covert mission takes her to a textile mill where the disgruntled workers are apparently in revolt.

But it isn’t the workers causing the trouble. The real cul
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Kindle Edition, 160 pages
Published October 17th 2017 by Tor.com
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James Lafayette Tivendale
3.5/5

I received an advanced copy of Weaver's Lament via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Emma Newman and Tor for the opportunity.

Following on from Brother's Ruin, Ben is now in Manchester fulfilling his studies and duties for the Royal Society (of magic). He is now an apprentice Mage and the lifestyle is treating him well. There's an issue though. He's running one of the mills where peculiar and unexplainable events have been happening. He seeks the aid of his s
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Melanie
ARC provided by Tor in exchange for an honest review.

1.) Brother’s Ruin ★★★

Weaver’s Lament picks right up where Brother’s Ruin left off; our main protagonist, Charlotte, is still reeling from the events that took place, while also trying to uncover secrets that many higherups are trying to keep hidden. Charlotte also lives in Great Britain in the 1850s, where people are still ignorant and believe that a woman’s place is in the house and only in the house. Charlotte is trying to appease her famil
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Bradley
This second novella in the Industrial Magic series picks up nicely where the previous leaves off... with one exception: we're left with a fairly interesting historical footnote but not much of that does our MC Charlotte much good in terms of character development or interesting plot other than something like a one-off.

I personally would have been ecstatic with a firmer grounding in the magic and the training if she's going to be bucking the Royal Society like this. Even an untraditional schoolin
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Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
4.5 stars
Do you like petticoats, Victorians and magic?
What about a female heroine, who, while a little bit lost and flustered, is kickass despite not knowing it herself?
And would you care for a would-be love triangle that is forbidden in more ways than I care to list?

If you said YES, YES and YES, then I don't understand why you are STILL not reading this series. Especially seeing as how it's called Industrial Magic??? Even if I didn't know what it was about, the name of the series
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Kaitlin
This is book 2 in this novella series, and I always feel like these ones leave me wanting more. I love the concept of this world where the patriarchy is a terrible presence and the Royal Magical Academy is taking over much of the politics, governing and rule-making. There are plenty of men in high up positions who are evil or corrupted, and we're following a young woman called Charlotte Gunn and her brother Ben Gunn.

Charlotte is a character you can't help but to like even though she definitely
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Lindsay
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Charlotte embarks on a secret mission to help her brother work out what is going on at the textile mill where he works for the villainous Ledbetter.

I really enjoyed the first one in this series, but I don't feel that this one adds anything to the story. In a lot of ways it's just a retread of the previous book with only one real revelation about magic-users and the Royal Society that could easily have been part of the first book.

Charlie continues to be used by her brother and under threat that h
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The Captain
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings. If ye haven’t read the first book in this series, brother's ruin, then ye might want to skip this post and go read the first book. Worth the read. If ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . . . . .

It was excellent fun to get back to this next installment of Charlotte Gunn's story, and it was another quick read. Charlotte
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Pamela ✨I Blame Wizards✨
Weaver's Lament is a pleasant enough distraction, but it fails to deliver anything of real substance. I'm not enjoying the serialised nature of the series, as each instalment is too short to go into any real depth and ends up feeling a little unsatisfying as soon as I got to the end.

I think my real problem is that everything feels either a little too on-the-nose, or poorly thought out. The characters have no depth, and the world doesn't make sense. I like the Steampunk fantasy aesthetic of the a
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Beth
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, fantasy, novellas
I have a bad habit of not reading very far outside the comfortable lines of my preferred genres. Usually when anything "steampunk"ish or that takes place in a Dickensian London comes around, I give it a pass. In the case of Emma Newman's "Industrial Magic" series, however, I'm glad that I took the chance. Both the first story and Weaver's Lament, the second in the series, have been just lovely to read.

Charlie, Ben, and Mage Hopkins return to the story, with Charlie continuing her secret mage tra
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Karina Read
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
There’s going to be a third one, yes?? I very much would like to keep reading this series, although full novels would be preferable :D
Mike
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: galley
2.5 out of 5 stars -- see this review and others at The Speculative Shelf.

Weaver’s Lament, sequel to Brother’s Ruin (2017), brings us back to protagonist Charlotte in Victorian-era England, where she attempts to infiltrate a suspicious mill and expose the poor working conditions and nefarious magic at play there. This series continues to be delightfully British — with tea, cakes, cravats, and magic, of course.

The “gaslamp fantasy” environment of Brother’s Ruin was fascinating and rich for potent
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Antonio Diaz
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Emma Newman continúa adentrándonos es esta curiosa revolución industrial apoyada y potenciada por la magia, en lugar de por las fuentes de energía conocidas.

Un absoluto placer que se lee como si nada. Además de con un giro muy interesante y más oscuro.

Ahora a esperar la siguiente :)
Atlas
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-s
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3 / 5

~mini review~

Weaver's Lament picks up where Brother's Ruin left off, and is pretty similar to the first book in terms of length, characters, and the feeling of the book. Charlotte's brother is managing a mill under the guidance of a mage; when he sends her a secretive letter, she can't help but go to him. Charlotte is astonished by what Ben asks of her: someone is causing wanton destruction at the mill and he wants her to go undercover as a mill worker to figure out if this is the wor
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Koeur
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
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Publisher: Tor

Publishing Date: October 2017

ISBN:9780765394101

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 3.0/5

Publishers Description: Charlotte is learning to control her emerging magical powers under the secret tutelage of Magus Hopkins. Her first covert mission takes her to a textile mill where the disgruntled workers are apparently destroying expensive equipment. And if she can’t identify the culprits before it’s too late, her brother will be exiled, and her family dishonour
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Bridget Mckinney
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Emma Newman’s gaslamp fantasy series continues with a new mystery for secret mage-in-training Charlotte to puzzle through. Her brother Ben has settled into his role as an apprentice Mage, and he seems to be thriving at his new position at a mill in Manchester. The problem is that the mill seems to be haunted—either by ghosts or by rebellious workers—and Ben calls in Charlotte to go undercover and investigate. It’s a decent premise, and it’s never a bad time for a new book about workers’ rights, ...more
Vicky
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
This story is definitely a niche one, but none the less compelling for it! It’s by Emma Newman, the queen of short stories and generally excellent writing, following on from the first book in her Industrial Magic series, Brother’s Ruin.
The era is the 1800’s, a Victorian England with magic and magi who hold the country in almost a death grip. Charlotte Gunn, our heroine from the first story, heads to Manchester to meet up with her brother Ben, an apprentice Mage who has been put to work overseein
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Wiebke (1book1review)
A great continuation of the story. Love how our main character grows and finds out more about the flaws of her society.
David Harris
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of this book via NetGalley

If it wasn’t for the weavers, what would you do?
You wouldn’t have your clothes that’s made of wool
You wouldn’t have your coat of the black or the blue
If it wasn’t for the work of the weavers

- Chartist song (see http://thejovialcrew.com/?page_id=1639)

Another adventure for Charlotte Gunn, following Newman's Brother's Ruin, published earlier this year, and again in novella form as is becoming increasingly popular in SFF.

T
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Sherry
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weaver’s Lament is the second novella in Emma Newman’s Industrial Magic series, and it’s a stronger story than the first.

In the previous novella, Charlotte Gunn helped her brother Benjamin achieve a position in the Royal Society of mages while hiding her own considerable powers from their notice. Now Ben asks her to come see him even though family visits are forbidden by the Society. When Charlotte arrives, Ben begs her to help him learn whether labor unionists are responsible for sabotaging the
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Jasmine
The fact that book three has yet to be announced makes me WILD. I need to know how this all pans out. I care about everyone so much!

Wait, that's not true. MC's brother can just take a long walk off a short pier and then think about what he's done. (view spoiler)
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Runalong
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Second instalment in the series sees Charlotte investigate a mystery in a Manchester cotton mill. A mix of magical mysteries and exploring the social politics of the 19th century. Really well told and I’m keen to read the next part as the bigger mystery is fleshed out
Marjolein
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Full review to come!
Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
Weaver’s Lament is the second installment in a series of novellas set in a fantastical alternate history, where magic meets Victorian England. If your not familiar with the series, the first book is Brother’s Ruin. I would suggest reading the series in order.

When Charlotte receives a letter from her brother Ben begging her to come visit, she assumes that something other than homesickness is at play. And she’s right; her brother is overseeing a factory where the machines keep being disrupted. The
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Odo
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, own, arc
2.5/5.0
Sarah
This was much better than it's predecessor. This built nicely upon the story of the first and gave us a little more insight into the world of Charlotte and Hopkins. I'm hoping that the next book will go deeper into the Magus society. This did a really interesting job of looking at mill workers and what it was like for them at this approximate time (I'm assuming Emma Newman did some research on this), with a fantasy twist.
I just can't get on board with Ben, the more I read about him the more I d
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Jane
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable and super quick to read. Charlie please listen to your heart more.

Ben you selfish brat a slap is surely deserved. Please say there will be more these are delightful
The Library Ladies
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
(Originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com.)

The second novella in Newman’s “Industrial Magic” series see Charlotte still learning to control her powers in the hopes of avoiding life in the restrictive, but privileged, Royal Society. Her brother, however, has been recently admitted to the Society, and is beginning to run into problems of his own. There is something going on at the textile mill that he has been tasked to oversee. He recruits Charlotte to work undercover and discover what is goin
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Elaine Aldred
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Charlotte Gunn’s brother, Benjamin, is working in his capacity as an apprentice mage in a textile mill in the north of Great Britain. But all is not well because the expensive looms are being destroyed and the culprits cannot be identified. If this is to occur while Benjamin is supervising a shift then he might lose his job. He sends word for Charlotte to come up to see if she can discover what is going on.
Weaver’s Lament is a novella and the second in the Industrial Magic series, the first bein
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Sherry
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Weaver’s Lament is the second novella in Emma Newman’s Industrial Magic series, and it’s a stronger story than the first.

In the previous novella, Charlotte Gunn helped her brother Benjamin achieve a position in the Royal Society of mages while hiding her own considerable powers from their notice. Now Ben asks her to come see him even though family visits are forbidden by the Society. When Charlotte arrives, Ben begs her to help him learn whether labor unionists are responsible for sabotaging the
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Wendy
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Emma Newman writes dark short stories and science fiction and urban fantasy novels.

'Between Two Thorns', the first book in Emma's Split Worlds urban fantasy series, was shortlisted for the BFS Best Novel and Best Newcomer awards.

Emma's latest book, Planetfall, is a standalone science fiction novel published by Roc.

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Industrial Magic (2 books)
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