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For 30 years, Elaina has sat in her tower, fingers caught in an eternal dance, cursed to weave the tapestry of life on her loom. Bound by an enchanted mirror whose magic shows her the distant lives of the people of Camelot, she must forever watch a land which remains ever beyond her reach. Elaina despairs that she will ever experience more than just the shadows of life, until one day, a face appears in the mirror that will change her life, and possibly her fate, forever.

Guinevere is losing her mind. When a severe injury to her head nearly kills her and awakens alternate personalities suppressed from her past, Guinevere learns that one of them is plotting with a knight of the round table to murder King Arthur and take control of Camelot. In the midst of war, Guinevere fights to save both her own life and the man she loves, each day coming closer to succumbing to the violent personalities within her.

Inspired by Arthurian legend and Lord Alfred Tennyson’s ballad, "The Lady of Shalott", Woven spins a tale of two women who must risk everything to save those they love most into an epic of enchantment, love, and madness.

©2017 BreeAnn Moore (P)2018 BreeAnn Moore

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The premise of this book sounded really promising but this was definitely a case where the first part lacked a lot. It was slow, it was confusing and I honestly did not like the narrator at all. To be frank, I found the narrator’s wailing voice to be a bit much. Okay, she wasn’t supposed to be wailing – she was supposed to be yelling someone’s name but to me, it sounded like wailing and I could not get into it. It took me almost three quarters of the book to finally start to enjoy the story.

The main thing that drew me in was how Arthur and Camelot was interwoven into the storyline. I really enjoyed the story of Camelot growing up so this premise really drew me in. I also thought it was a unique spin for Guinevere because she was always portrayed as this regal Queen (though there are mixed stories about her loyalty to Arthur and her betrayal for Lancelot). To me, I found interesting that in this book, she was losing her mind.

Another aspect that I found intriguing was Elaina’s part. I am not really familiar with the Lady of Shalott but I liked how Elaina’s predicament was somewhat similar with Rapunzel. The whole idea of being locked up in a tower and only having this old sorceress/witch as her captor. Then there was that whole situation with a man climbing up the tower to rescue her. Sounds familiar? So anyways, I thought I liked the idea of this strange mix-mash of a beloved Disney fairytale with the ballad of “The Lady of Shalott” as well as the court of Camelot.

Anyways, there was a lot of world-building in this book to the point that it was a little too much and therefore it ended up making the book way too slow in my opinion. However, the ending more than made up for it hence why I ended up giving it a 3.5* instead of 3*.

The one thing that bothered me, to be honest, other than the narrator’s voice, was the female representation in the book. Both Elaina and Guinevere were portrayed as such weak people. I think if I had read the book in a physical format, it might have been a bit different because the narrator really played out those scenes with those “OMG, I can’t move” or “OMG, what do I do” or “OMG, my eyes won’t open”, or “OMG, it’s not me!” etc. For me, it was even more bothersome because the Guinevere that I know in the Arthurian legends is supposed to be this strong female leader but in this book, that wasn’t the case at all. Instead, she came off as weak and was always struggling with herself.

Overall though, the ending was decent and I still enjoyed the parts where Arthur and Merlin were there. I actually really liked them for the most part. But I can completely forego that narrator.

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An unlikely telling of an over-told genre

Bree Moore's Woven is unlike anything else in the genre. This story is real(not just sunshine and rainbows) and easily could have been the true telling of this fable. It's hard to think that happily ever afters didn't really exist in this time period and that women's rights hadn't been invented yet, but you can still see the stirring thought that they are there and coming to fruition. The author brings such depth to the characters that you are enthralled in the multiple aspects and facets of the story. This is a story for a woman who wants both fantasy and reality in one solid book. It was a good listen, the narrator was good, and the story is one I am sure I will come back to again. I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Woven

Elaina is stuck in a tower, forever weaving the tapestry of life on a loom. She has been enchanted, she doesn’t know why or who holds her there. She wants to escape, but can’t figure out how to.
Guinevere is plagued with these awful headaches and doesn’t seem to know what she wants. She hears voices from past lives and doesn’t know what to do about them.
It took me a long time to figure out what was going on. There were some really good parts to the story and I did enjoy the descriptions of the landscapes. A few of the characters were really great too, King Arthur and Sir Gareth were my favorites. I wish Elaina and Guinevere would’ve been stronger and more decisive. They both did come around near the end, but I would’ve loved to see them have the same spirit throughout.
The narrator had a great voice and distinct character voices, my only complaint is, I noticed a lot of repeating of sentences throughout the book.

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I really enjoyed this story

This was a story of despair, sorrow, love , magic & triumph. Poor Elaina was stuck in that tower. Bound by an innocent bargain that turned evil. But only one of the pair knew it was evil Poor Guinevere having to such issues & not understanding why. Then there was King Arthur & Sir Lancelot's turmoil. Lancelot was no friend. His behavior to Garrick was unbelievable. There was also the Emerald Knight. He was interesting. A well written story that draws you into the characters. I can't wait for book 2 to be available on audible.

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Magical Weaving of Two Tales

When you weave a mashup of Camelot and the Lady of Shallot into a twisted tale you get Woven. This retelling of two classic stories is neither derivative nor imitative. It’s an excellent original tale.

I have read at least one Arthurian/Guinevere series a year for over 30 years (that tells you how many there are and how deeply embedded these stories are in our collective psyche)

The magic of this book is the fascinating way the stories are woven together.

The Narration is excellent. The characters voices are distinct and add to the experience.
This book is definitely on my “re-read” list. I highly recommend this book.

I asked for an advance copy and I am writing an honest review.

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Interesting version of Arthurian legends

This story was overall enjoyable. The narration was ok, differentiations were slight but you can notice them sort of. There were some weird parts in the audio where a line or two were repeated (happened probably 5-6 times). The narrative felt a bit jumpy and took away from the cohesion of the story somewhat.

Parents: this would be a rate R film. There are several instances that could be triggering for victims of assault (of intimate nature) but it carries a message of it not being the victims fault (so some redemption there). Mild language to my memory, I was more distracted by the assault stuff even though it was not fully explicit in nature.


—I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great twist to the Camelot legend

This was a different view on the Camelot story. I really liked the tie in of the Tower to the legend. Quite believable in the tales told. Well done. The narration was well done but I did find it hard to listen for long periods of time due to the narrators voice being so high. Otherwise it was quite enjoyable.

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Marvelous

Marvelous reinterpretation of many of the myths surrounding Camelot. Highly entertaining, and well written. The narrator did get distracted several times and repeat lines, but the story was so good that it is easily forgiven. I received a free review copy of the audio version of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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A great twist to the Arthurian legend

I love Arthurian tales and this is so good! A different perspective on the stories and I loved the twist to it. Brutal at times but very well done. The narration was perfect. Any fan of King Arthur would enjoy this! I received a free copy for review.

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An interesting twist on the legend of King Arthur.

Although the legend of King Arthur has been retold many times, Bree Moore has created a new a unique version of the story. Rebecca McKernan did a wonderful job with narration. My only complaint with the audio version is with the editing. Some lines were repeated.

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  • Debbie McLean
  • 08-15-20

fantastic

What a totally fantastic audiobook. Such a brilliant twist of the Arthurian legend. I loved it xxxxxxx

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  • DabOfDarkness
  • 06-12-18

A bit long winded and short on action

I was looking forward to digging into this book. It’s Camelot as seen through a woman’s eyes and I expected new insights to this ancient tale. The story partially delivered. It wasn’t everything I hoped for but there were still parts that I enjoyed.

Guinevere and Elaina are the two main characters in the tale. Mostly, they simply react to situations they find themselves in. Morgan le Fey plays a role but she’s really working behind the scenes. However, I did like that she takes an active role instead of merely reacting to situations. Guinevere and Elaina were caught up in the plot instead of driving the plot.

Nearly every character is an emotional mess and this made the story feel one dimensional. Guinevere doesn’t know what she wants even when Morgan and Morgase aren’t messing with her memories and will. Elaina is angry and sad, rightly so since she’s imprisoned, but she also lets her fear keep her frozen in her situation. King Arthur is driven by pride and deep need to be loved completely and unconditionally. Lancelot/Mordred may or may not still be under an enchantment that makes him a lustful, self-centered man. Garrick’s heart yearns for glory and courtly love, turning him away from the solid love and comfort of wife and family. The emotional turmoil never ended and that made the plot a little exhausting and it dragged at times.

Half way through, I felt I needed a character map since some of the characters are doubled or tripled up. I believe Guinevere has Morgan and Morgase in her mind. Then Lancelot carries Mordred’s soul… or perhaps it’s the same soul but reincarnation is in play… I really wasn’t sure. Mordred of old (long before Lancelot was born) had a fling with Elaina. I am still not sure how much time has passed with Elaina trapped in the tower. In retrospect, I think there was some leaping back and forth in time but when I was listening to the tale, I thought Guinevere’s and Elaina’s tales were parallel.

I mostly enjoyed the side characters. Merlin comes into play late in the tale but he gets to be all mysterious and possibly all knowing. Garrick (or is it Gareth?) was an intense character. His dedication to his dream of becoming a knight was inspiring until I realized what it was costing his family. He’s so caught up in his dreams and goals he fails to see that perhaps his wife might also have dreams that she’s sacrificing for him. He was truly a tragic figure in this story and that made his role memorable. The Green Knight also puts in a spooky appearance and I would have liked more of him.

I never bonded with Guinevere or Elaina so the repeated near-rape scenes didn’t pull me into the story as much as I expected. I kept waiting for more from these ladies however they were just big balls of emotion and little else. I wanted to be on their side but I usually yawned through their scenes, enjoying the minor characters quite a bit more. All told, 3.5/5 stars.

The Narration: Rebecca McKernan did an OK job with this story. She had distinct voices for each of the characters and she usually did well with the emotions. There were several lines that were repeated and occasionally there were some mouth or throat noises. 4/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Bree Moore. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • N. Mahoney
  • 05-23-18

A great Historical Fantasy

Woohoo! A dark twist on a classic tale is something that this reviewer loves to see. I was very intrigued by the description of Woven and I can’t say that I was disappointed. The very beginning of Woven gives background for how one of our leading ladies, Elaina, becomes trapped in the tower that she unfortunately spends thirty years in. The point of view swaps often between Elaina and Guinevere who whilst being different in personality are very strong women. Elaina seems rather demure in certain chapters, but as the book goes on her determination to escape and recover memories, that she seems to have lost, becomes a very admirable trait. Guinevere was written quite feisty which personally I had always imagined her to be, so she was an instant like. She is drawn to King Arthur almost instantly upon meeting him, however whenever Guinevere is around Lancelot she feels strange and faint. What could this mean for her?

I would like to add the disclaimer that there is sexual abuse further on in the book, however it is true to the time period and not for shock value.

At the start I wasn’t sure that I was fond of the narration, as I felt that there wasn’t much emotion in Rebecca McKernan’s voice. There was clarity and good pacing to her voice but I hadn’t yet felt that the heart of the character was portrayed, however further in the book when the characters were more fleshed out I listened in a whole different light so upon reflection I think that this was more due to me not knowing the characters well at that point.

In conclusion I think that this is an extremely creative take on the classic tale, and works well as an audio book, and I was entirely invested in where the story took our main characters who I had come to really appreciate.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Bree Moore. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.