Friday, January 17, 2014

Book Review: Spellweaver (Book 1 of the Spellweaver Chronicles) by C J Bridgeman


Book: Spellweaver (Book 1 of the Spellweaver Chronicles)

Author: Claire J Bridgeman

No. of Pages: 147

Genre: Fantasy and Magic J  

Publisher: Self Published  

The author wrote to me with a book review request and her long email kind of piqued my interest in the book. Glad I accepted the review request.

One is tempted to think of 'yet another harry potter types' story but the Spellweaver definitely has its own charm. When you are reading the Book 1 of the Spellweaver Chronicle, you begin to draw parallels with Harry Potter's first episode in which he discovers his lineage and finds 2 friends (a girl and a boy) and then ultimately performs some magic too.

Apart from such very basic parallels, the Spellweaver is not only different but I actually found it interesting to read. The characters develop in front of you and some of them remain mysterious with the protagonist as well as the reader guessing their true character and intentions till the end. You keep wondering which side they are on and is that for real ??

The protagonist (a young girl named Felicity) has lost her Mother and moved in with her father (they were separated), joins a new school and gets to understand friendship as well as gets a taste of weird characters. The story is a journey of Felicity discovering herself and her friends. It's the first part of a long series and this one is about discovering her 'true' identity and 'huge responsibility' she has on her head – which unfortunately, she is not trained for nor prepared for.

Bridgeman's writing style is good and she has focused on the inner turmoil of Felicity throughout the book ... something I like very much (The only reason I am a huge Ludlum fan is because Jason Bourne was a story of the internal conflict of Jason … and not a mindless action novel). She has developed the character of Felicity very carefully and also paid attention to the other characters.

The story ends on the note of Felicity realizing several things – the weight of responsibility on her as well as the beginning of understanding the true intentions and feelings of her deceased mother. Maturity has begun to seep in and she is much stronger than she was at the start of the story.

I look forward to the next episode of this saga and hope that this one turns out to be not only a very popular one but also gets noticed by some Hollywood guys looking for the next Harry Potter like sensation …

Ratings on Book Review Parameters:

Cover Design: 3.0 / 5

Writing Style: 3.5 / 5

Characters:     4.0 / 5

Story / Plot:    3.5 / 5

Climax:            3.5 / 5

Overall:           3.5 / 5 

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