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Publisher's Summary

Torn is the first book in an enchanting debut fantasy series featuring a seamstress who stitches magic into clothing, and the mounting political uprising that forces her to choose between her family and her ambitions, for fans of The Queen of the Tearling.

In a time of revolution, everyone must take a side.

Sophie, a dressmaker and charm caster, has lifted her family out of poverty with a hard-won reputation for beautiful ball gowns and discreetly embroidered spells. A commission from the royal family could secure her future - and thrust her into a dangerous new world.

Revolution is brewing. As Sophie's brother, Kristos, rises to prominence in the growing anti-monarchist movement, it is only a matter of time before their fortunes collide.

When the unrest erupts into violence, she and Kristos are drawn into a deadly magical plot. Sophie is torn - between her family and her future.

©2018 Rowenna Miller (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Torn challenges readers to thoughtfully consider all sides of social change by humanizing each perspective. Readers interested in classic fantasy, feminism, adventure, and a bit of romance will enjoy this thought-provoking book." (Booklist)

"A gorgeous weave of romantic fantasy and urgent politics." (Anna Smith Spark)

"Strong research, moral ambiguities, and an innovative magic system." (Kirkus)

"Real stakes combined with a clever, unique magic system." (B&N SciFi & Fantasy Blog)

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Enjoyable but slow

It started off going pretty fast and enjoyable. And about mid way through I was thinking to myself “I really want to like this book.” I loved the protagonist and even the characters surrounding her and the issues that she was dealing with but it just seemed like there was some dead space in between. A little repetitious at times. But I did find the story interesting and I wanted to know more so I finished the book and looking forward to the next one. I recommend it to anyone who has the patience and just enjoys listening to a good story. I would not call it a page turner but certainly you will be rooting for the main character.

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