Book Review

The Twisting – Laurel Wanrow

Book Title: The Twisting

Series: The Luminated Threads #2

Author: Laurel Wanrow

Goodreads Link: Click here


Star Rating: gold stargold stargold star gold starempty star– Good book!

Disclaimer: I received this book free from the author.

Back to Blighted Basin! This is a steampunk, fantasy series and a nice way to ease into the genre. It isn’t too complex, has interesting characters and a good storyline.  Annmar is a young woman with considerable powers, who is just learning how to control them.  She is also learning about her family history in the Blighted Basin, a rural area peopled with a range of mystical characters.  She starts to fall for a ‘cambire (still not sure of the roots of that word and what exactly it means), a young man who can shape-shift into a foxy little weasel. (see what I did there?) But life in the lovely basin has been threatened by a man she knows as a ruthless industrial magnate. Can she sort out her personal life, and help protect this new existence she’s become so fond of?

I am not necessarily into steampunk, or ‘cambires. However, I am into Annmar. I like her.  She has spunk, but is naive. Incredibly talented, but not self-assuming. She’s a nice juxtaposition of different traits, and this makes her interesting.  I like watching her begin to figure out her place in the world, and learn more about her gifts.

The book does tend to be a little exposition heavy in parts, in particular, when describing a blood oath between two of the male characters.  However, I don’t really see a way of getting away from that.  They have issues to work out between them and that requires lengthy conversations. The only other thing that got in the way of my completely enjoying this book was an extended scene of sexual assault.  While it’s described in a way that is a little hazy on details it felt like it went on forever. It would have been terrible and traumatic, and while the victim did shed some tears, she bounced back rather quickly. Rape, or attempted rape,  as plot device is not something I personally want to read about. However, it is common. Granted, this scene happened at the end of book two. Is this going to be dealt with more thoroughly in book three?  Will it be shown to have real importance to the plot? I don’t know. The scene was not graphic in detail so I’m willing to see how this pans out.

All that being said, I liked the book, and will be reading the last book in the series. I’m eager to find out what is going on with Annmar and her powers, these blue and gold threads of energy that allow her to do such interesting things. How does this relate to her parents? On to the next book!

Bonus link: For a review of the first book in this series please click on the link – The Unraveling

Song for this book: The Dark Night of the Soul by Loreena McKennitt (perfect for this!)



2 thoughts on “The Twisting – Laurel Wanrow

  1. I appreciate this review– telling it like it is! I also am not interesting in reading about rape as a plot device, attempted or otherwise. But other than that, this book sounds like up my alley. Steampunk and strong female protagonist? Yes please!

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