On the Horizon – weaver’s lament (Emma Newman)

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 . . . . . .

weaver’s lament (Emma Newman)

Title: weaver’s lament

Author: Emma Newman

Publisher: Macmillian-Tor/Forge

Publication Date: October 17, 2017 (paperback/e-book)

ISBN: 978-0765394118

Source: NetGalley

It was excellent fun to get back to this next installment of Charlotte Gunn’s story,  and it was another quick read.  Charlotte is asked by her brother, Ben, to visit in Manchester where he is currently studying and working in a mill.  But it’s not just a friendly family visit.  Someone is sabotaging the mill and Ben needs Charlotte’s help.  Of course, Charlotte agrees because she is awesome and goes undercover to solve the case.

The mill was an interesting setting and I loved some of the new characters that were introduced.  I enjoyed the mechanics of how the Royal Society of the Esoteric Arts’s magic helps run and use the mill.  I love Charlotte and Hopkins.  Charlotte continues to struggle with her magic and the potential for going “Wild.”

I personally would have preferred more character development and less naivete from Charlotte.  I don’t really like the developing love-triangle even though there was no question that it was going to happen from the very beginning.  I would have loved more details and explanations of how the magic worked.  That said, I was satisfied with how the novella ended and am interested in the tantalizing hints of what may happen next.

I certainly will be reading all the other books in this series and now consider Emma Newman an auto-buy author.  Both her sci-fi and fantasy are great.  So if ye haven’t read any of her books, hoist those sails and get moving!

So lastly . . .

Thank you Macmillian-Tor/Forge!

Netgalley has this to say about the novel:

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 culprits are far more extranormal in nature.

And they have a grudge to settle.

To visit the author’s website go to:

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Previous Log Entries for this Author

brother’s ruin (On the Horizon – Fantasy eArc)

planetfall – book one (Sailing to the Stars)

after atlas – book two (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi)

13 thoughts on “On the Horizon – weaver’s lament (Emma Newman)

  1. Well there are multiple library systems here even though they are in the same county and I had never been to this particular library. I only saw the library sale sign by an odd chance. It was buy a bag of books for 5 dollars. The ladies at the table were surprised I didn’t get more but there are tons of thrillers. I read them occasionally but they are not usually me thing. So while there were hundreds of books, I only got 10. And then I got home and found out I already had two of them. So there was that. But still I am glad I got what I did.
    x The Captain


  2. Yaaay! Nothing like finding a new auto-buy author! I appreciate that you read quite a few books of Newman’s first before making that claim, too. I find that people often define authors as auto-buy when they’ve only read a single book. While that’s fine, to each their own, I feel like an author needs to prove themselves a bit more for me. But, that’s just my thought.

    I totally understand how frustrating character naivete can be! Did the other characters have more development? Do you expect Charlotte will develop more in the next book?

    I’ve never read any of Newman’s works. Where would you recommend I start?

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    1. The funny thing about the character development in this book is that because of the author’s sci-fi I know she is fantastic at developing a character. So what she is doing with Charlotte’s character is a interesting choice. I believe she knows that she is doing. These fantasy books are much fluffier then her other sci-fi series. If ye are looking fer a light book then start with brother’s ruin. If ye want an extremely thought-provoking sci-fi story then start with planetfall. I think that part of why Emma Newman is an auto-buy author is because she is so versatile. I don’t tend to have many auto-buy authors because space in me hold is limited (as is loot sometimes!) so I like to be fairly certain that I am going to want to reread a book before I buy it. So far I would certainly reread any of Emma Newman’s books. Thanks fer the awesome comment matey.
      x The Captain

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      1. I can relate to not having enough space in your hold or enough loot to fill it! There are only a rare few authors I really buy physical books from. I often just request these books as gifts during the appropriate times. 😉

        Hm. Two solid paths for me to follow. Light and fluffy or thought-provoking? Both are now on my TBR either way. I was recently recommended Brother’s Ruin by Evelina at Avalinah’s Books. So, it looks like I’m starting there!

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      2. I hope ye enjoy Brother’s Ruin. It is super fun. I don’t tend to buy as many physical copies as I used to. Now I buy only the ones I know I will reread or from an auto-buy author. But in general ebooks are fine too. The problem is when I go to used book sales at libraries. Then I have problems. I just picked up 10 yesterday as a matter of fact!
        x The Captain

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