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From an Aurora Award-winning author comes the first book in a new portal fantasy series in which one woman's powers open the way to a labyrinth of new dimensions.

For Shawna Keys, the world is almost perfect. She's just opened a pottery studio in a beautiful city. She's in love with a wonderful man. She has good friends.

But one shattering moment of violence changes
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Daw Books (first published September 4th 2018)
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Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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*Genre* Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4


Worldshaper is the first installment in author Edward Willett's Worldshapers. It is the story of Shawna Keys, living what seems an idyllic life in a small Montana city. She’s just opened her pottery studio, she has a boyfriend (Brent), a best friend (Aesha), and she’s looking forward to the rest of her life. Then suddenly, everything changes. Terrorists attack the coffee shop where she’s gone with her friend Aesha, killing Aesha and many
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantastical
This was ... not the book for me. It is tonally snide, with knock-off brands reminiscent of the real world lurking on every page (substituting "HiPhone" for iPhone, "StreamPix" for Netflix, "Orinoco Direct" for Amazon Direct, "Fjord Model Z' for the obvious, and "National Bureau of Investigation" or "NBI" for the FBI), and a weird appropriation of Judeo-Christian religious history and language (the bad guy, who is very very uniformly bad in every respect, goes by the name "Adversary," which is ...more
Michelle Scott
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-reads
I found this book while cruising through Netgalley. I was looking for an urban fantasy novel and was immediately captivated by this intriguing cover. Then the blurb hooked me, and I knew that I had to read this book!

Unfortunately, it wasn't as wonderful as I'd hoped.

The Good

The author has a wonderful writing style. There's descriptive detail, but not too much descriptive detail. (I hate when a story gets bogged down by pretty writing. Just tell me what happens!) I also liked Shawna. The book is
Alicia Smock
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Who wouldn’t love to live in a perfect world living the ideal perfect life? Wouldn’t everyone love the power to shape their own lives, their own worlds, into the life they long to have? Author Edward Willett has brought this very power to life in Worldshaper, the first in his new portal fantasy series, and it most certainly kicks off his series with a rather intriguing start.

With a pottery studio to call her own, an incredible boyfriend, and nothing but fond memories of the life she has lived,
Ben Babcock
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
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The Book Dragon
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own
On my blog, I actually gave this 4.5 stars.

So, I absolutely loved this book. Basically, the premise is that this potter, Shawna, is a Worldshaper (aka Shaper) from the First World. As you can see, her chosen profession of pottery-making is perfect. 10 years ago, she was given her own world to Shape (basically create however she wanted) by Ygrair, her past mentor and teacher. However, Shawna does not remember creating her world, or even Ygrair herself in the slightest, and so she has no idea that
Barb Lie
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Worldshaper by Edward Willett is the first book in his new Worldshapers series. The description above tells it all on how this story starts off: For Shawna Keys, the world is almost perfect. She’s just opened a pottery studio in a beautiful city. She’s in love with a wonderful man. She has good friends. But in a moment’s notice, everything in her world literally changes. She and those surrounding her brutally attacked, and a strange man points a gun at her to kill her. In Shawna’s mind she ...more
Nicole Luiken
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
An eARC of this novel was provided to me free by the publisher in return for an honest review.

Full review to come.

Great voice--I really liked Shawna. A cool magic system. I liked how Shawna's power was balanced by her inexperience, adding further tension. Lots of action and strong pacing--much of the book was Shawna and her sort-of ally Karl being pursued by the Adversary--with a great climax on a mysterious island.

Quibble: I was a little disappointed that we didn't find out why Shawna has lost
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Are you a fan of pop culture? Do you love when your books refer to your favorite things in veiled or outright terms? In Worldshaper, the first book of Edward Willett‘s new fantasy portal series, you get seamless current world references woven into new worlds.

Worldshaper is crafted brilliantly by providing subtle hints that the world Shawna Keys lives in is not our known world. A low-key reference to a professional lacrosse team, kite-fighting as a college sport, and lunar colonies provide the
Vincent Archer
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A riff on the Author-as-god theme.

The book is about establishing ground rules and characters issue, and leave you at a cliffhanger. You have the heroine which is basically the creator of her world, and here comes the hunter and hunted, terminator-fashion (except the terminator guy comes with a posse of gun-toting minions), both seeking her. But she's no damsel in distress, she can rewrite reality (and so can the bad guy).

The first book is all about establishing the ground rules, the story
Nov 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Worldshaper by Edward Willett is the first book in the Worldshapers series. Shawna Keys day gets off to a normal start. Shawna is a potter who is opening her own shop and studio called Worldshaper Pottery. She notices these dark storm clouds in the sky that no one else seems to notice as menacing. Shawna is at the local coffee shop with her friend at lunch when men in black storm in with guns and start shooting. The man in charge comes up to her, touches her forehead and then the world changes. ...more
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Worldshaper is the first book in a new YA/NA crossworld fantasy series by Edward Willett. Released 18th Sept 2018 on Penguin's DAW imprint, it's 368 pages and available in paperback, audio and ebook formats.

This book brings an interesting world-building and fantasy imprint to the table. The lead character Shawna is a potter (I like that!) and 'shaper'. She's unaware of her special status as the shaper of the world she lives in (a central plot
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shawna is living a near perfect world: creative career, beautiful boyfriend, fun friend, wonderful community - it's awesome.

And no wonder: it turns out she's a worldshaper - one of the few with a gift to create worlds according to their mold - and the world she's living in is the work of her hands. Turns out it's just one of many worlds, strung through the Labyrinth like a pearl on a necklace. And there's some superbeing called the Adversary who wants to claim it for his own, remake it into his
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is a book that was filled with great ideas that were not utilized. Basically the story is what self help guru’s market, you can mold your world into what you want. However in this story that is true in the literal sense not the metaphysical. Also the heroine is a grown woman with a life. She’s 29, has friends, family, a business, and a boyfriend. The problem was although Shawna is this creator she has no power over her creation. Her enemy who spends so much time talking about how powerful ...more
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book frustrated me because it was a good idea, and the plot points were okay, but the characters were very bland. I feel like if the author had added more about the main character and her world at the start, and fleshed out more of her personality, then I would have cared more about what happened to her. Also, I would have liked more conflict or agency rather than leaving that up to the second book which I doubt I'll read.
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an ok read a mix of science fiction and fantasy. Shawna slips into a parallel world during an act of violence and while most everything is the same, no one remembers her friend who was murdered. She meets Karl who is her "guide" in this new world and the two must run from an evil adversary. This is book 1 and ends with her entering another realm. I'm hoping Shawna grows into a more colorful exciting character. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kind of difficult to get into. Moved slightly slow but still a pretty good book overall. The character, Karl Yatsar, reminded me a lot of Castiel from Supernatural and honestly became my favorite character at some points. Still good though.
J.M. Dover
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved the premise and the story. The only thing that pulled me out of the story was Shawna thinking like a man, but that didn't stop me from finishing the book. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Caroline Ingvaldsen
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
First in a new series introducing an engaging young woman who is not only a creator of pottery but, extraordinarily, a shaper of worlds.
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WORLDSHAPER had a very intriguing premise, the set up is there for something really incredible, but unfortunately the characters and actual plot line didn't always live up to that amazing premise. Don't get me wrong the story was enjoyable, but unfortunately in a mediocre way leaving me searching for the greatness I felt could be there. At times it really felt like critical information was being held, with no real reason behind it. I kept waiting for
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Edward Willett is an award-winning author of science fiction, fantasy and non-fiction for both children and adults.

Born in Silver City, New Mexico, Willett lived in Bayard, New Mexico and Lubbock and Tulia, Texas, before moving to Weyburn, Saskatchewan with his family when he was eight years old.

He studied journalism at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, then returned to Weyburn as a

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