Writer Wednesday

#WriterWednesday – A review of Weaver by John Abramowitz

Time for a #WriterWednesday shout out and this week I am going to tie this in with a review of Weaver by John Abramowitz.

Previous visitors to my blog might have seen my review of John’s Atticus For the Undead posted back in February and now the time has come to review the first book in The Weaver Saga. Reading time is still incredibly rare and precious these days so there’s nothing better than finding I’ve spent time reading a good book, as opposed to reading some total pish when I could have been writing. To be fair, writing usually takes precedence over reading but I’m all too aware that I need to keep reading as it always inspires the writing: I can’t really have one without the other.

So hurrah for John and another great read with Weaver. As seems to be John’s ‘thang’, he immediately thrusts the reader into the story with a prologue that leaves you wanting more – main protagonist tenth-grader Alex Cronlord is being chased relentlessly through woods by some unknown assailant. Who is chasing her? Why is she being chased? What happens to her?

Soon we learn that it was all a dream; definitely not a Bobby Ewing dream where someone pops up casually soaping themselves down in the shower, happy as larry, but instead a dark and ominous premonition. Alex is a Weaver and can see visions of the future, although when we meet her, she doesn’t yet know this. Soon we learn that Alex’s mother, the cold and aloof Ainsling Cronlord isn’t who she appears to be and Alex is mixed up in something much darker than your average tenth-graders life of school, boys and more boys.

Step up Moira McBain, hard-ass FBI agent, who finds herself and her partner Andrew thrown into the Cronlords’ lives in a way she didn’t quite expect nor want, considering it throws up rather painful memories of her brother’s death and her own involvement with the mysterious Wells Society. With a deep-rooted desire to protect Alex, Moira sets out on a mission to throw a spanner into the works of Ainsling and the Wells Society’s plans for the young girl.

What struck me about Weaver is that this is no clear-cut story about good versus evil. It’s hard to know who really is the bad guy. Is it the Xorda, vampire-like creatures who suck the souls out of their victims and deadly enemies of the Weavers? Is it Ainsling and the Wells Society, who will seemingly stop at nothing in their fight with the Xorda? Or is it the so-called Rejects – escapees from the clutches of the Wells Society and now hell bent on revenge against their own families? The lines here a definitely blurred and why not? The battle between good and evil is never really that well-defined in real life and many people do bad things in the pursuit of goodness so I thought this angle, whether intentional or not, was pretty refreshing and made me want to learn more about each character. There was also a shock twist in there which I definitely didn’t see coming.

I think my only criticism of Weaver is that it was just too short. I got to about 82% and all I could think was “come on! There’s loads more story left in this” but then again I am a fan of the long novel, so do find it a little unusual when I read a book that doesn’t double as a nuclear bomb shelter. Because of that I did have a sense that the book finished too quickly, but the good news is there is a second book in the series, The Void, all ready and waiting for me to read so the story is definitely nowhere near over.

Four out of five stars for Weaver! Go read and let me know what you think!

If you want to follow John online, you can find him hanging around here:

Twitter: @onthebird
Blog: http://onthebird.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OnTheBird

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