Broken Web (Shamanborn #2)
Lori M. Lee
Published June 15, 2021
About Broken Web
The Soulless has woken from his centuries-long imprisonment. Now, he lurks in the Dead Wood recovering his strength, while Sirscha and her allies journey east to the shaman empire of Nuvalyn. Everyone believes she is a soulguide—a savior—but Sirscha knows the truth. She’s a monster, a soulrender like the Soulless, and if anyone discovers the truth, she’ll be executed.
But there’s nothing Sirscha won’t risk to stop the shaman responsible for the rot that’s killing her best friend. While the Soulless is formidable, like all shamans, his magic must be channeled through a familiar. If Sirscha can discover what—or who—that is, she might be able to cut him off from his power.
With Queen Meilyr bent on destroying the magical kingdoms, Sirscha finds herself caught between a war brewing in the east and the Soulless waiting in the west. She should be trying to unite what peoples she can to face their common enemies, but instead, her hunt for clues about the Soulless leads to a grim discovery, forcing Sirscha to question who her enemies really are.
I’m still running super behind on my reviews, so this is another book/author/publisher that I feel like I owe a huge apology to for not posting this closer to the publication date. But here we are.
I am really enjoying this series. It’s gone some directions that I didn’t expect, and I feel like there’s still a lot of room for twists that I don’t see coming. The characters are fascinating. The story world and magic system are really different than anything else I’ve read. It’s still got the creepiest trees ever, and I love that.
The only thing that maybe didn’t go as I hoped in reading this book is that I felt a little less connected to the characters in this one compared to the first book in the series, A FOREST OF SOULS, which was one of my favorite books that I read last year. I don’t know if it’s because it took me a long time to read BROKEN WEB, so maybe I just didn’t have that immersive experience that I usually have when I read a whole book in a couple days, or if the plot overshadowed the characters a little bit? I’m not really sure whether it was me or the way the book was written.
In either case, I still enjoyed the book a lot, and I loved the way this book set up what looks like it’ll be an amazing conclusion to the trilogy. I’m so glad I read this one, and I will definitely be reading the next book, which looks like it’ll be out next year.
Recommended for Ages 14 up.
Based on Hmong belief that spirits are responsible for what happens to you. Asian-coded characters.
Profanity/Crude Language Content
Used very infrequently.
There are three races of humans. Two have magical abilities related to souls. Some can destroy souls or guide them. All require a soul in a familiar to access their magic. Usually a familiar is an animal, but in Sircha’s case, it’s another person.
Several scenes show battle violence. There are also trees which attack and kill people before absorbing/capturing their souls. There are some horror-esque descriptions of the trees and souls inside them.
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