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The Braided Path (Braided Path #1-3)

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An omnibus volume of the acclaimed oriental fantasy from one of the genre's most exciting young talents

The story of an exotic oriental world. The empire of Saramyr has relied on the secretive sect of Weavers for far too long. Now the Weavers, manipulating space and time through the Weave of existence, are plotting the overthrow of the families. Their motives twisted by the
Paperback, 992 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Gollancz (first published September 28th 2006)
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Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 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
Adam Whitehead
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Empire of Saramyr is vast, rich and powerful. The Blood-Empress Anais tu Erinima is one of the most powerful and respected rulers in Saramyr's history, and her rule seems secure. However, the nobility learns that Anais' daughter Lucia has magical powers, marking her out as an Aberrant. Amongst the people of Saramyr only the Weavers are allowed to wield magic in the service of the Empire, and Aberrants - especially women - are to be killed on sight. Anais' determination that her daughter will ...more
Mar 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jan 24, 2017 rated it liked it
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Mar 12, 2012 rated it liked it
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
JJ DeBenedictis
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Andries van Wyk
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow...first took me over a year to read this book (trilogy). I had to put it down and take a break in the middle. However, I am so glad I read this book. It is an incredible tale of epic proportions. I love the Asian-like setting with the magic; the depth of the character; the battles; the love; the is just incredible. I have not read George RR Martin, but I think the characters in this book die at about the same rate. It is a dark story and you are able to sympathize with ...more
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
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
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Braided Path (3 books)
  • The Weavers of Saramyr (Braided Path, #1)
  • The Skein of Lament (Braided Path, #2)
  • The Ascendancy Veil (Braided Path, #3)